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The Armen Awards is a team competition event designed to inspire best practices for teaching and learning.  Using the principles of innovation and service learning, students, faculty, and community partners form teams to create a product that results in shared impact.

How it Works

During the Fall 2014 semester, teams of faculty and community organizations will come together to design service learning projects that equally align course and institutional learning outcomes with community partner needs.  Each team will submit their service learning project proposal by November 1, 2014.   Each proposal will be reviewed and approved with the goal of implementing the service learning projects during the Winter 2015 semester. 

All projects will be asked to demonstrate how they will measure impact, with particular focus on:

  • students' understanding of course content
  • students' acquisition of communication, critical thinking, social or personal responsibility skills
  • faculty teaching and learning practices
  • community partner capacity (the extent to which needs were met and goals achieved)
  • demonstration of how the service learning project will be sustained

All teams will be recognized!  The Top 3 teams will be financially rewarded at the end of the Winter 2015 semester.

2014-2015 Armen Awards Team Projects 

Drew Rozema CO 275 Mobile Application Development and Security
This course will partner with the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts to create a mobile application allowing event patrons to learn about the event happenings (food booths, available acts at various venues, etc).
Bob Schultz CA 115 Table Service
Students in this course will create a fundraising event benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation. 
Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood JR 251 Introduction to Journalism
Partnering with Hospice of Michigan, students will write a series of stories to educate the public and document the lives of those who seek hospice services.
Katie VanderMeer CO 116 Introduction to Computer Programming
Students in this course will inspire 5th Grade students at Orchard View Elementary on the fundamentals of coding.
Sherry Knoppers AD 248/258 Community Transcultural Nursing
Students in this course will partner with North End Community Ministry to assess their food pantry needs primarily focused on health promotion and disease prevention interventions.