September 02, 2009

News Roundup: September 2, 2009

It is relatively quiet on the home front as we prepare for National Day of Service and Remembrance and the National Learn & Serve Challenge Kick Off week, but there is an undercurrent of excitement as we quickly approach these days.

Before I go into the selected news from the past week, I will quickly address some comments that have been posted to this blog. I understand that people are up in arms about anything related to service. Yes, you technically have the freedom of speech to call President Obama a socialist and/or communist. However, this sort of "speech" only further divides people and addresses no issues. Let's get a two things straight. First, socialism and communism are NOT the same thing. Secondly, we are a SERVICE-LEARNING blog! In this field, we are dedicated to service and public good. If we are offending you, then please, do not read this blog.

For those who are still interested in service-learning news:

Washington Post, August 30, 2009 - We are realizing more often that the faith based community has a huge influence on their constituents - especially with volunteerism. It's great to see United We Serve tackling this with Interfaith Service Week!

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, August 27, 2009 - This is great news! More people need to get involved in the National Day of Service and Remembrance - please see MyGoodDeed for more information.

Western News, August 27, 2009 - This group is not based in the United States, but it's still great to see more news about universities taking service and civic engagement seriously.

Michigan State University News, August 26, 2009 - The University will host service activities during this academic year and emphasized the importance of civic responsibility to their incoming freshmen. Kudos to all of the colleges and universities embracing service!

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