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Kokensparger Receives MCSLHE Teaching Award in Service Learning

Kokensparger Receives MCSLHE Teaching Award in Service Learning

The Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE) has awarded its 2008 Teaching Award in Service Learning to Creighton University academic resource specialist Brian Kokensparger. The award was presented during the consortium’s annual luncheon on Sept. 26 at South Dakota State University.

Recent projects Kokensparger and his students did with local units of the Boys and Girls Club demonstrated his dedication to the community, commitment, and leadership related to service learning, at Creighton, and throughout the Omaha area were among the reasons cited for him receiving the award.

Kokensparger’s service-learning students and Boys and Girls Club staff spent weeks coaching 9- to 14-year-old members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha LEGO Robotics teams in preparation for Omaha’s FIRST LEGO League Teams Go “Green” with 2007 “Power Puzzle” Challenge. The event was held last fall at Creighton University.

Kokensparger also used a $1,000 video-equipment grant to help South Omaha Boys and Girls Club members, ages 8 to 13, produce a public-service announcement for the club. He said the youngsters wrote and produced the piece while Kokensparger and his students provided mostly technical help for the project.

MCSLHE, formed in 1999, was created to spark and develop service-learning projects in several different institutions in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. Currently, MCSLHE has 28 member institutions, including Creighton University.