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Mini-conference partners colleges with local projects

(May 19, 2005)--The Service-Learning Intercollegiate Collaborative (SLIC) and Making Connections of San Antonio host a second annual mini-conference for community agencies from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 20 at the San Antonio headquarters of the American Red Cross.

The mini-conference, "College and Community: Partners in Service," gives community organizations a chance to learn about service-learning, working with college students and faculty, project examples and potential funding sources.

The local service-learning community is a collaborative effort among The University of Texas at San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio College, St. Mary's University and Trinity University.

During the 2004-2005 school year, 4,941 college students across San Antonio participated in community service-learning and volunteerism activities. The students provided more than 65,000 hours of service to the local community.

Service-learning is a structured, volunteer work experience where students voluntarily provide community service as a way to apply knowledge and skills learned in school while making a significant contribution to the local community.

For more information, contact Pamela Neumann at (210) 458-2812.

--Leigh Anne Gullett