Martin Methodist College Service Blog

Service and Engagement Programs at Martin Methodist College

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At Martin Methodist College, we value community service, civic engagement and service-learning.  We support a variety of organizations and programs that offer service opportunities for our students to gain valuable experience with engaging projects outside of the classroom.  These include, but are not limited to, Martin Serves!, Champions of Character, and our service-learning program.

The Martin Methodist College family, true to its church connection, regularly expresses its care and concern, not only internally but externally toward our community and region. This compassion translates into active service and service-learning programs for students with the understanding that acquired skills and knowledge are to be used to bless the lives of others.

Martin Serves!

Martin Serves seeks to engage the Martin Methodist community in acts of community service and civic engagement in order to encourage service as a lifelong activity among students, faculty, and staff. The Martin Serves! program has been recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past five years for its commitment to service in the Giles County community. 03 honorroll_LOGO

Our Community Partners include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Boys and Girls Club of Pulaski
  • East End UMC
  • Families First Career Dev. Center (PSI)
  • Giles County Alternative School
  • Giles County Child Development Center
  • Giles County Extension
  • Giles County Help Center
  • Giles County High School
  • Giles County Humane Association
  • Giles County Impact Center
  • Giles County Outreach Center
  • Giles County Senior Citizen Inc.
  • Growing Tree Day Care
  • Headstart S.C.H.R.A.
  • Hewitt House
  • HOPE ALIVE INC.
  • Imagination Library
  • Ivy Crest A.C.L.F.
  • Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Life Choice Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Matt Gardner Homestead Museum
  • Matthew 25 Thrift Shoppe
  • Meadowbrook Nursing Home
  • Milky Way Farm
  • NHC Pulaski
  • Precious Moments Day Care
  • Pulaski Elementary School
  • Pulaski Parks and Recreation
  • Richland Elementary
  • Richland High School
  • Giles Co. Outreach Center (Safe Haven)
  • Southside Elementary School
  • South Central Human Resources Agency
  • Society of St. Andrew
  • St. Andrew Memorial U.M.C.
  • The Shelter
  • TN Career Center
  • TN Cares for Kids
  • Youth Villages

For more information on our Martin Serves! program, please contact Brandi Belcher: bbelcher@martinmethodist.edu or 931-424-7363.

 Service-Learning 

At Martin, we define service-learning as a course-based teaching methodology that helps students learn and develop through active engagement in organized service experiences combined with structured time for reflection, fostering academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility. For projects to be true service-learning, course objectives must be embedded into all projects, and community partnerships must be true partnerships.

http://www.martinmethodist.edu/community/martin-serves/sm_files/SL%20Faculty%20MMC%20PDF.pdf

As we work to grow our service-learning program, the Service-Learning Committee has created new projects and initiatives for the 2014-2015 academic year. These include a Fall Service-Learning Reception for community partners and faculty, a spring awards ceremony and reception, faculty service-learning grants, and this Martin Methodist College Service Blog.

Our current Service-Learning Committee includes Dr. Melissa Martiros (chair), Brandi Belcher (Director of Martin Serves!), Ellie Meyer (Director of FYE), Dr. Jim Murrell (Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr. Brant Harwell (Honors Program Director) Dr. Doris Wossum-Fisher (Psychology), Dr. Pat Whittemore (Religious Studies), Louise Hawkins (Nursing), and Leah Bailey (Admissions).

Our Campus Contact connection enhances our service-learning efforts–all faculty are encouraged to utilize the resources offered through Campus Contact as they work towards including service-learning projects in their courses.

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http://www.compact.org/

http://tncampuscompact.org/

For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa Martiros: mmartiros@martinmethodist.edu or 931-424-7360.

Champions of Character

The Champions of Character Program at Martin Methodist College is designed to assist those influenced by sports to “know the right thing, do the right thing, and value the right thing” inside and outside of the sports setting. It is the intent of this program to have our NAIA student-athletes, coaches and staff exhibit exemplary character and sportsmanship in all athletic settings. As a result of this program, Martin Methodist College’s goal is to become the leading institution in the nation, known for our strong character skills and our efforts to produce these skills.

Mission Statement: The MMC Champions of Character Program Center will create an atmosphere and environment in which all student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, fans, and visitors are exposed to and participate in the true spirit of athletic competition through the demonstration of respect, integrity, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Its first commitment is to teach, reinforce and monitor strong character skills with both our students, coaches and staff members. Second, it will deliver the five strong character skills to the youth leagues, middle schools and high schools age youth of Giles and surrounding counties.Martin-Methodist-Logo

http://www.goredhawks.com/f/Champions_of_Character.php

For more information, please contact Brynn Wade: bwade@martinmethodist.edu or 931-424-7374.

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