Minnesota School of Business-Rochester would like to congratulate the following students and faculty who demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to service-learning during Fall 2012.
The Service-Learning Person of the Quarter Award went to Donna Albertson. Donna is a student in the massage therapy program and a leader of the Massage Club on campus. She is devoted to helping fellow students, faculty and the community learn relaxation techniques by providing massages for them.
Reflecting her enthusiasm, she routinely inquires about service-learning opportunities and becomes very excited when she can use her talents to help others. She assisted the Global Citizenship classes with their service-learning project this quarter by providing massages for the adults who came to the Holiday Helpers event. Her smile and enthusiasm are contagious!
The Service-Learning Graduation Award went to Michael Albers. During the quarter, Michael, a criminal justice program graduate, showed extraordinary commitment and dedication to service-learning in the legal program. He participated in a service-learning project with his Ethics for the Law Office class. The class partnered with the Pro Se Divorce Clinic offered by Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. This clinic offers legal services to low-income people.
Michael displayed a lot of professionalism and patience while assisting clients in this project. He dressed professionally, showed up on time, remained quiet during appropriate times, and also asked appropriate questions of the attorneys. He used the skills learned in his class by maintaining confidentially, refraining from practicing law, and showing compassion to the clients. He was able to demonstrate a firm understanding of paralegal ethics in a real world scenario.
The Service-Learning Faculty of the Quarter Award went to Megan Krenzer, paralegal program chair. When Megan was planning for her Ethics for the Law Office class, she became excited when she heard that Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services would be holding a Pro Se Divorce Clinic in the area and would need volunteers. She jumped on the opportunity and incorporated the event into her curriculum for the class. The entire class participated in the project and helped low-income people file for divorces.
Megan’s enthusiasm for the project radiated throughout the quarter. The project matched the objectives of the course very well by allowing the students to practice ethics in a legal setting. It also helped fulfill a genuine need in the community.
Thank you to all of the award recipients for making a difference on the Minnesota School of Business campus and in the Rochester area!
To learn more about service-learning, please contact MSB-Rochester at 507-536-9500.