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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Service Learning

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/activities/kitchen/servicelearning.html

college of business studentsCommunity Based Learning is at the heart of the Campus Kitchens Project. Students from across the institution are engaged in service-learning projects that enhance the program and bring classroom learning alive. Here are just a few of the academic programs involved in this project: Honors, First Year Seminar, Family Consumer Science, and the College of Business.

Service Learning is becoming increasingly popular on college campuses across the country and MSU is no exception. Academic service learning is defined as "a credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of the course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility" (Bringle/Hatcher).

Service learning is providing students with valuable experience that can help them in many aspects of their lives.

By involving students in projects that benefit the community, students are learning to break down stereotypes, apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-life situations, receive job skills, obtain contacts in the industry that could help place them with a job, and they can feel a greater sense of worth by working on something greater than themselves.

Anthropology Classes

Students assist in all aspects of Campus Kitchen operation and gain insight into how they can affect change while supporting our neighbors managing food insecurity.college of business students

Leadership Honors Class

Students involved in creating and strategizing future projects and elements of infrastructure.

Urban and Regional Studies Students

Many Minnesota State University, Mankato Urban and Regional Studies students choose to complete his or her 30 hours with Campus Kitchen Mankato.

In Dr. Cherrington's syllabus it states, "Most important, and what makes this course unique, is the involvement of community leaders and the students within the community."

"This course is structured to allow [students] the opportunity to learn about the community leadership (as a concept, as a skill, and as a value) both in the classroom and "on the ground." [Students] are required to spend a significant amount of time (minimum of 30 hours) as a volunteer for a Mankato community-serving organization. While there, [students] will have the opportunity to be of service, and to observe how those around [the students] serve and lead."

College Of Business Classes

President Davenport talking to business studentsThe Campus Kitchens Project provides Management 330 students with an authentic learning experience. Students are able to practice the 4 functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling), work in teams, and achieve important outcomes in social responsibility. Students work in teams to identify their contribution to implementing the new Campus Kitchens Project, complete their identified team goals, and reflect upon the experience outcomes as they relate to their personal and leader/managerial development.