Kernodle Center hosts “Preparing for Partnership” session

In an effort to support relationships with community partners, last week 25 non-profit leaders gathered on Elon University's campus for the 20th pre-semester Preparing for Partnership session hosted by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and facilitated by Tammy Cobb, assistant director for community partnerships.

Partnering agencies participated in the session “Getting the Right Interns for Your Organization,” created to support the interests of non-profit organizations affiliated with the Kernodle Center. Pam Brumbaugh, director of experiential education, and Debby Wall, assistant director of experiential education and employer relations in Career Services, led the session.

Content included “Defining Experiential Education and Internships” along with the National Society for Experiential Educations’ “Principles of Best Practices” shared by Brumbaugh. Additionally, participants went online to register their organization with the Elon Job Network and were led by Wall through the process of creating an intern description.

The United Way, Healthy Alamance, Alamance County Parks and Recreation, Twin Lakes, Burlington Housing Authority and Sustainable Alamance were among the organizations represented at the event.

“It was a wonderful presentation. We really need this kind of information so we can share what we do and find interested students to intern with us,” said Sherri Henderson of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls  “There are many opportunities to work with both Service Learning students and those wanting an internship experience.”

One organization representative, Rick Patterson, activity director of the Presbyterian Homes of Hawfields, will attend the N.C. Campus Compact’s Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement conference scheduled for February 9. His name was pulled in a drawing.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Service As A Solution” and will be held on Elon’s campus. Additionally, Jana Lynn Patterson, assistant vice president for Student Life, was introduced as the new dean for the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Patterson has been with Elon University for 25 years.

– Information submitted by Tammy Cobb, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement