Fleischmann honored for service learning

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Michigan Campus Compact honored Dr. Shirley Fleischmann from Grand Valley's Padnos School of Engineering with an MCC Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. This prestigious annual award is the highest MCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan.

Fleischmann has been designated by peers as the faculty/staff person on campus who made the most outstanding contributions in the area of community service-learning. This award recognizes the influence on or engagement of students to be involved in community service or service-learning through modeling, instruction, and/or special projects.

Fleischmann has been the driving force behind service-learning for engineering students at Grand Valley. Under her leadership, students designed and built a playroom for children at the Mel Trotter Ministries, implemented a Bikes for Kids program, developed a partnership with Sibley Elementary School to enhance its science curriculum, and conducted energy surveys in a local neighborhood. Through the years, Fleischmann has secured grants to support service-learning projects, and has presented to her engineering colleagues nationally on its value.