APPLES Alumni Compiling Essays on Service-Learning Program’s Impact
Calling the gathering “Harvest from the Distinguished Associate Professor of these was a dedicated student or group of
APPLES Orchard,” alumni who have American studies and an APPLES faculty students that often would not let the organ-participated in UNC’s APPLES Service- member. ization or specific programs fail,” Ray said.
Learning Program met to ask how the pro- The goal of the symposium was to help For many participants, the symposium
gram that got started in the early 1990s has develop ideas for each piece for a compre- also proved to be an opportunity to learn
changed their lives and the University. The hensive representation of APPLES, said sen- something new.
answers that came out of the Feb. 29- ior Andrew Ray, the program’s strategic “It made me understand how APPLES
March 1 symposium will be compiled in a planning coordinator. It also brought was able to grow and flourish here, but it
collection of essays for later publication. together old friends. also made me feel truly part of the broader
The event also drew faculty, staff, com- “The symposium provided an added UNC community in a way no other cam-munity partners and current students par- benefit of reconnecting friendships and pus I have been on has been able to do for
ticipating in APPLES. The student-led pro- relationships, as well as providing all partici- me,” said Darcy Lear, a lecturer in Spanish
gram creates partnerships for service-learn- pants a holistic view of the many accom- since 2006 and an APPLES faculty mem-ing projects, such as a public health course plishments of this organization over the ber. “I think this campus is uniquely
providing the medical context of AIDS but entire history and providing inspiration for equipped to draw people in and make
also showing AIDS from the service us in writing our pieces,” Ray said. them feel like they truly have a stake in the
provider’s perspective, and a journalism class Contributors spoke about what their place.” ■
helping nonprofit organizations produce contributions to the collection would be, — Laura Johnson
news releases. The goal of APPLES is for prompting wider discussions. Featured
students to apply their classroom knowl- themes included history, student leadership,
edge to such real-world service projects and the role of partnerships, personal experi-bring the issues they encounter back to the ences and innovative programs, such as
classroom. Participants discussed topics for global service-learning and community-the essays being compiled and edited by based research.
Rachel Willis, Bowman and Gordon Gray “The important aspect behind each of
ONLINE: The Review’s September/October
2007 cover story, “Take a Chance on Me,”
profiled the beginnings and evolution of the
APPLES program. The coverage is available to
GAA members in the Review’s online archives
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