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Friday, March 22, 2013
7:45 AM - 12:30 PM


  • DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


Over 120 people have registered to attend SynergyWorks, a university-wide conversation on GVSUs community engagement practices, strategies, and vision for the future. Mayor Heartwell, President Haas, and a distinguished panelProvost Davis, Dean Antczek, Dean McCurren, and Liberal Studies Chair Wendy Burns-Ardolinowill share their perspectives. Attending are GVSU faculty, administrative staff, and leaders who are deeply committed to enhancing our teaching, learning, and research through community partnerships of mutual benefit and reciprocity. Ruth Stegeman, Director of the Office for Community Engagement, will share the results of over 120 interviews with engaged faculty, staff, and students over the past year. In addition, participants will join facilitated roundtable conversations on building GVSUs infrastructure for engagement. Our topics have emerged from our faculty, staff, and student conversations, and they are consistent with best practices of engaged universities nationally, Stegeman said. Roundtable groups will design approaches to seeking community perspectives, recognizing and rewarding our engagement practices, and measuring benefits of our partnerships for our students and our communities. The Office for Community Engagement, established in February 2012, fosters partnerships through which direction, alignment, and commitment emerge. Our community and university collaborations cultivate mutually beneficial opportunities that employ assets, promote collective ownership and action, generate new knowledge, and resolve community challenges. Through these partnerships, we enhance our capacity to prepare students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Find more information at



Ruth Stegeman, Associate Dean, Director for Community Engagement Office for Community Engagement 200 Bicycle Factory 616-331-9120



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