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WFU students to share experiences from service at home, abroad

By Jacob McConnico
336.758.5237
Oct. 24, 2005

Seven Wake Forest University students will share their experiences from summer research and service-learning programs accomplished in the United States, Canada, Tanzania, Uganda, China and India during the third annual Pro Humanitate Scholars symposium at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the main lounge of Reynolda Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Students in the program, who had a broad range of experiences in locales as close as Winston-Salem and as far away as China, had their travel and project costs covered by the university's Pro Humanitate Fund for Service-Learning in Action, a $384,000 grant the university was awarded in 2001 to further develop links between community service and learning.

Each scholar worked closely with a faculty advisor to develop project proposals and conduct preparation for the projects. Many advisors traveled to the project site to consult and provide assistance on the projects. Students, with the help of their advisors, are required to prepare a summary report on their experiences. Scholars in this year's program included:

  • Jonathan Barry, a junior from Tennessee, who studied the collaboration between the medical and public health sectors in Canada.
  • Sarah Foley, a senior from Texas, who studied cultural variables among Chinese adolescents.
  • Pratyusha Katikaneni, a junior from South Carolina, who developed a Web site and database for connecting non-governmental organizations in India.
  • Kelly McManus, a senior from North Carolina, who studied the instructional impact of arts magnet schools in Winston-Salem.
  • Danielle Pavela, a senior from Illinois, who studied children's literacy and sustained education in Tanzania.
  • Alexandria Reyes, a senior from Arizona, who examined pro bono reporting practices in legal bar associations in Florida.
  • Aaron Wolcott, a junior from New Jersey, who studied the socioeconomic benefits of post-HIV testing support groups in a village in Uganda.

    Information will be available at the symposium for students and faculty interested in the Pro Humanitate Scholars program. For more information, visit the Pro Humanitate Fund Web site at www.wfu.edu/phfund.


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