Service-Learning Engaged Scholar - Lisa Trujillo
Lisa Trujillo is director of clinical education in WSU’s Respiratory Therapy Program. She involves many WSU departments, community organizations, medical practitioners, and higher education institutions in an on-going project in Ghana, West Africa, to provide students an excellent education while administering health care and preventing further respiratory problems in this developing country. Her team engages in research; educates Ghanian health professionals; delivers donated medical and educational supplies; and performs patient assessments, diagnoses, and medical procedures while learning about the Ghanian culture. Students assist local health care providers with general and surgical care for severely underserved populations as well as individually prepare presentations on topics such as malnutrition and food safety for community clinics. Other collaborative research focuses on preventing lung disease from cooking indoors over coal pots, developing an electronic medical records system, and implementing an inexpensive test to screen for sickle cell anemia. Lisa’s work inspires people to join the team yearly.
"My work as an educator and health care provider has carried me to many parts of the world, including Ghana, W. Africa, where I feel we've made the greatest impact. This impact is not only on the people we travel so far to serve, educate and care for, but on the students, practitioners and faculty that accompany my on these journeys." - Lisa Trujillo
Civically Engaged Student - Nicole Fronk
Nicole Fronk, a senior at WSU studying design graphics in the Department of Engineering Technology, has served as the College of Applied Science and Technology student senator and as vice president and president of WSU’s Society of Women Engineers. Believing that people change their standard of living through education and hence influence generations to follow, Nicole collaborates with campus and community organizations to put on such events as automotive workshops for women, workshops allowing women to explore careers in technology, Parent Daughter Engineering Day, Engineering Boot Camp, Technology Tuesday, MESA Day, Business After Hours, and Expanding Your Horizons for girls. Nicole teaches middle school students in a YMCA after- school program and volunteers as mentor and counselor at Youth Impact and Especially for Youth. In her spare time she puts together shoe boxes for veterans, conducts Sub for Santa and food drives, ties quilts, plants trees, and paints walls at the Salvation Army.
“Reaching out and serving the community is a major part of my life. It identifies who I am. There is so much need in the world, especially in our own backyards. If I can make a difference, even for one person, that is all that matters.” –Nicole Fronk
Civically Engaged Staff Member - Adrian Tinajero
Adrian Tinajero, coordinator of the Student-to-Student Outreach program at Weber State University, must recruit, train, and supervise scores of college volunteer and work-study students who mentor secondary school children in the Ogden School District each semester. He works with WSU organizations -- the Utah Scholars program, Gear-Up, the Multicultural Youth Conference, the Education Talent Search program and AmeriCorps – and secondary education professionals to create uniquely meaningful experiences for students on both sides. He sees that each placement prepares college students to achieve their professional goals, assuring quality of service as well as helping them achieve future job placement. Every college student is treated as an active member of his department so that all have access to available opportunities and resources. By promoting outstanding community service as he provides his students excellent, individualized preparation and application, Adrian models the civically focused professional.
"I am civically engaged because I believe that when we are invested in our hearts to make a difference in our community then our efforts, commitment, energy and passion to help is greatly enhanced. We cannot accomplish success without civil engagement."
Committed Community Partner -Marcie Valdez
Northern Utah Catholic Community Services
Marcie Valdez, director for Catholic Community Services, has devised innovative ways for WSU students to apply their educational skills and knowledge through service for the Ogden area’s food-deprived populations. She helped a communication class assemble a recipe book and tips for shopping on a budget; these students also prepared recipes and provided meals for 20 households. A health promotions group designed and printed the CCS food brochure, critical to bringing the hungry to the food pantry for help. In order to keep food pantry shelves stocked, she counsels students on conducting food and hygiene product drives and created an opportunity for them to serve at the LDS Cannery. WSU students volunteer in the food bank itself sorting food and making food carts for families. CCS, under Marcie’s direction, motivates students to see and deal with issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness and to build awareness of these issues within the community.
"I believe CCS is a great example of the community in action. I have had the opportunity to see first hand the difference that can be made when the community comes together to serve those in need. Catholic Community Services provides help and hope every day, we could not do this without the support of our donors and volunteers and the work of a very dedicated staff." - Marcie Valdez