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SYE 418 - The Face of AIDS - Wendy Johnston

SYE 418 The Face of AIDS focuses on the global crisis of HIV/AIDS, providing each student with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary understanding of the disease and its role in contemporary society. Due to the overwhelming nature of the statistics and scope of the AIDS crisis, students are empowered to help through a service-learning opportunity. During Winter and Spring Quarters 2008, SYE 418 students were involved in several service-learning projects in Central Ohio including: working with residents and the directors of the Pater-Noster House in Columbus, raising funds for Camp Sunrise on Otterbein's campus, bringing HIV/AIDS education and awareness to high school health students during a day long event at Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus, and organizing a "Screen-on-the-Green" event in Goodale Park in partnership with many businesses in the Short North and the Columbus AIDS Task Force.

Partnership and Collaborative Development
I continued the partnerships with Father Philip Zimmerman and Stephen Wilson of the Pater-Noster House and Katie McKee of Camp Sunrise. Kathy Sellers and Gary Tucker are new partners this year. Each of these persons is eager to continue working with future Otterbein SYE 418 students on their service-learning projects for the Face of AIDS class.

Community outcomes are assessed by:
  • Feedback from community partners
  • Tangible outcomes of projects such as money raised, hours volunteered, campus involvement
Camp Sunrise:
  • Letters received from Katie McKee indicate extremely positive work with students.
  • The class is also listed in the Camp Sunrise publications under donor support.
  • Bake Sale and On-campus Forum of Safe Sex and Abstinece: ~$650 donation for Camp Sunrise will provide Art Supplies for Camp 2008
  • Volunteer hours involved in these 2 projects: 55 hours
Pater-Noster House:
  • Student volunteers assisted with household responsibilities, cooking for the residents, talking with the residents, and painting the upstairs of the facility. Volunteer service hours exceeded 100 hours from January-March 2008, and several students continue to volunteer at Pater-Noster after the course is over.
HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness Event at Marion-Franklin High School:
  • 130 high school students participated in an HIV education seminar reaching many at-risk youth. Volunteer hours involved with this project : 18 hours.
Presentations to the Food Service workers employed by Bon 
Apetit at Otterbein University:
  • Working with Bill Davis manager of Bon Apetit, 2 OC students gave 2 separate presentations to the food service workers on HIV/AIDS and Safe Sex and Abstinence.
  • Over $2000 collected from Short North business owners to support the event.
  • Volunteer participation of Columbus Fire Department
  • Over $450 raised from crowd at the event in Goodale Park on May 24, 2008
  • Approximately 90 people came out for the event and heard a short presentation by a representative of the Columbus AIDS Task Force about testing and resources for HIV in Central Ohio.
Student outcomes are assessed by reflection activities including:
  • Journals: Many past students have used the journal to process frustrations with group work, excitement for their projects, fear, relief, pride and accomplishment in regards to their projects.
  • Project portfolio and presentation: When given the opportunity to address the class and community partners about the impact of their service-learning experience, many students speak passionately of profound, life-changing moments and encourage other students both directly and indirectly to be a part of the solution.
  • Follow-up interview with the instructor
Stories and Successes
The biggest impact of the class is seen in the lives and attitudes of the students when they finish the course. Almost every student for the last 4 years has indicated that they were changed by the course and that they will likely remember parts of the class forever. Several students indicate that they have altered their life plans to continue working with HIV/AIDS issues and redirected their professional plans to include HIV/AIDS in their careers.

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