2012 Service Learning Symposium

Friday, March 23rd, 2012, the eleventh annual Service Learning Symposium was held at the Todd Wehr Auditorium and we welcomed two local celebrities.

Our speakers were Dan Vaughn and Troy Freund. Vaughn a poet and Freund a photographer, both artists have been volunteering with Artists Working in Education for years and have gained national acknowledgement for excellence in artistic philanthropy.

Freund has worked in Milwaukee as an independent photographer since 2001 and his work has been shown across the country.He volunteers at Literacy Services of WI, serves on the board of Local First Milwaukee, and does pro bono photography for the Boulevard Theatre. He has also been involved with Artists Working in Education for almost 10 years.

Vaughn is a pioneer in the Milwaukee poetry/spoken word community. He has been featured on “Russell Simmons

Presents Def Poetry,” participated with each of the ten Milwaukee National Poetry slam teams, and he has also

represented Milwaukee on several occasions for the Individual World Championship of Poetry. In 2006, Vaughn was awarded the title of “Grand Slam Champion” at the

Akoben/WordUp Invitational, International Poetry Slam. He is a committed educator and community partner, and continues to engage the community through a series of creative workshops, often in collaboration with Freund. He currently volunteers with Still Water’s Collective, Artists Working in Education, and Artworks.

We were honored to have them celebrate community service with us at this year’s Symposium.

Northwestern Mutual Life Service Learning Award

At this year’s symposium, MIAD Junior, Ashley Bayer, received the Northwestern Mutual Life Service Learning Award for her outstanding commitment to Daystar, Inc.

When nominating Ashley for this honor, professor Julia Kirchner wrote:

“I would very strongly recommend Ashley Bayer who worked at Daystar.  She practically remodeled the whole place, including bringing in her uncle who is a professional painter, and getting her mother involved to bring in furniture that they got from St. Vincent’s in Saukville.  Plus she did a really great art therapy program with the residents.  In addition, this all happened when she was sick or had surgery… I just remember thinking that Ashley went way above and beyond what students usually do and even thinking at that time that I wanted to nominate her for the scholarship.”

During her time with Daystar, Ashley enthusiastically supported individuals that were victims of domestic abuse.

Joan Kessler Community Partner Award

Through the generosity of the honorable Judge Kessler, we were able to honor one of our partner agencies that are providing particularly outstanding service to the community. At this years symposium we honored Daystar, Inc. Janet Robinson, assistant director, and Colleen Carpenter, executive director, accepted this award on their behalf.