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Shepherd's Preservation Program receive grant for Service Learning Program

ISSUED: 30 August 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Preservation Program receive grant for Service Learning Program)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University's Historic Preservation Program and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission received $6,000 in grant money through West Virginia's Campus Compact program to fund an oral history project to be completed in spring 2013.

"I'm very excited at the prospect of working with the Historic Shepherdstown Commission," said Dr. Keith Alexander, coordinator of Shepherd's Historic Preservation Program. "I have been able to team up with the commission several times in the past, and my students always get a lot out of the experience."

"We are very happy to be the recipients of this grant," said Vicki Smith, president of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission. "There are so many important stories out there, and this grant will help us preserve them and share them with the public."

As part of an introduction to oral history class, students will research, record, and transcribe interviews with veterans who performed military service and returned to study at Shepherd, or another U.S. college or university, from World War II to the present. The grant funds will be used to purchase oral history recording and transcription equipment and to host a community open house where students will present their projects and share them with the public. The open house, "From Soldiers to Scholars" is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013.

The Campus-Community LINK Project is a statewide service learning initiative funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and coordinated in partnership with the West Virginia Community Development Hub. Under this program, college faculty from 28 potential institutions are matched with proposals submitted by community teams to work together on projects that meet both the community's project goals as well as the course's academic objectives.

"The LINK program strengthens higher education's commitment to impacting public life by creating tangible benefits for communities," said Franchesca Nestor, director of West Virginia Campus Compact. "All of these projects clearly define a specific end result early and revisit that goal throughout the semester. This way the impacts on the community can last a lifetime."


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