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Northwestern State University Partners With State Parks To Make A Difference

Northwestern State University’s Office of Service-Learning and greeNSU will host adiscussion meeting to explore service-learning project ideas involving the university and the Louisiana Office of State Parks.  Particular discussion will focus on Fort St. Jean Baptiste and the Well Woods located across the Highway 1 Bypass from the university.

Erin Sullivan, an interpretive specialist with the Louisiana Office of State Parks in Baton Rouge will discuss specific needs and resources available for service partnerships with the university.

“She is also looking forward to hearing our ideas about ways in which we would like to help. The goal of this meeting is to come to agreement on some specific ways in which we can begin working together this fall and spring,” said Steven C. Gruesbeck, director of the NSU Office of Service-Learning and greeNSU.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19 in Room 200 of Roy Hall, the Information Systems Conference Room.

“This year, in an effort to bridge ‘greeNSU’ with the Office of Service-Learning, I am interested in developing community service and service-learning projects at Fort St. Jean Baptiste as well as in the neighboring Well’ Woods,” Gruesbeck said. “Erin will be making a special trip to Natchitoches to discuss local service-learning project ideas involving NSU and the Louisiana Office of State Parks.”

The meeting is an outgrowth of connections made earlier this summer between NSU and personnel from the Louisiana Office of State Parks.

“We met to brainstorm ways in which NSU and the Louisiana Office of State Parks could partner on projects in the local community. The Aug. 19 meeting will be for Erin to discuss with interested faculty and staff some ways in which NSU students can give back.  I wanted her meet faculty directly so there is an opportunity to develop projects from the ground up that are mutually beneficial.”

For more information on this week’s meeting or other collaborative service projects through NSU, contact Gruesback at (318) 357.5911.

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