AESE faculty, staff, and CED students receive 'Reinvention Fund' award

Posted: February 18, 2014

In early February, a group of AESE faculty and staff and CED students were part of a Penn State group receiving a Penn State Sustainability Institute ‘Reinvention Fund’ award.

Their project, the Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program (SSCEP), will (1) create a deeply immersive community engagement course sequence for undergraduates, accessible to students across Penn State; and (2) create and sustain long-term scholarly engagement partnerships between Penn State and six to eight host Pennsylvania communities.  The course sequence will be based in CED, in partnership with the Sustainability Leadership, and Civic Engagement minors.  The SSCEP is being led by the Center for Economic & Community Development, and AESE participants include Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics, Kathy Brasier, associate professor of rural sociology, Ashley Citarella, coordinator of undergraduate student services, Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics, Diane McLaughlin, professor of rural sociology and demography, and Bill Shuffstall, senior extension educator, as well as CED students Kirsten Hardy, Samantha McDonald, and Jillian Zankowski.