GU – Appleton Campus Bustling with Applied Learning Projects

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Students in the Global Citizenship class working on blankets for the Linus Project.

The  Globe University – Appleton campus was busy with applied learning projects this past quarter, ranging from making blankets to student massages during Women’s Wellness Day.

Students in Amanda Loewen’s Global Citizenship class worked together to make fleece blankets for Project Linus, which is an organization that distributes blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need. The blankets ranged from baby blankets to those appropriate for older children.

Project Linus, which has been in existence since 1995, operates in all 50 states. Thousands of blankets are donated each year. The class also put together coloring and activity kits, which will be provided with each blanket. Students were also provided with an opportunity to learn more about the organization and its history, as well as the needs that exist.

“We have been working with the organization for four years now. The donations are always appreciated. The student feedback from the project is consistently positive, and it provides a break from the usual classroom activities,” instructor Amanda Loewen said.

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Massage students working with guests during Women’s Wellness Day.

The massage program was also busy with other applied learning projects. They most recently attended the Women’s Wellness Day in New London, WI and gave free massages to the women in attendance. Brandy Fish, a Globe alum and mentor to massage students, was there to guide the students and talk with guests about the massage program. She also helped the students on their interaction and massage practice skills.

Women’s Wellness Day has been hosted by the New London Area Chamber of Commerce since 2008. This single day event provides a natural opportunity for businesses to showcase their specialties in health and wellness as well as other businesses that target women as their consumers.

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Student Michelle Schuler with a Randall Court resident.

Students in the massage program also frequented Randall Court Apartments, a building catered to low-income and disabled elderly residents. The facility is currently under renovation, displacing some of the residents, which can be stressful. March graduate, Michelle Schuler, discovered her passion for assisting aging and disabled adults after going there for her Pregnancy/Special Populations independent study class. She plans to volunteer more there now that has graduated.

The Vet Tech program also did many applied learning projects throughout the quarter. Some of the students and VT faculty took part in a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) event last month benefitting Valley Cats Inc. Overall, they spayed and neutered 13 cats, two were made available for adoption, and the rest were returned to a dairy farm where they lived.

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VT students and faculty with one of the cats neutered for the TNR event.

Valley Cats Inc. is a no-kill cat rescue facility in the Fox Valley. They rescue homeless cats and kittens as well as foster and find forever homes. They also educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted litters.

Campus director, Kim Stevens, is pleased with the amount of engagement the students are participating in the community.

“Creating partnerships with local organizations who support this community and support our students’ as they train for their career field is a partnership we strongly believe in,” Kim said.