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Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Archived Webcast

Creating Synergy – Involving students in developing communication deliverables for your service-learning program or office

Archived Webcast, May 25, 2016

This webcast will discuss how undergraduate student interns in the Pearce Center for Professional Communication created a yearly online publication called Synergy. Synergy highlights service-learning classes and community service activities at Clemson University. During this webcast you will hear about student’s experiences, learning outcomes from the experience, and plans for future editions.

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Lea Anna Cardwell Ashley Fisk Lacey Firestone Allison Daniel Elizabeth Nicols
Lea Anna Cardwell Ashley Fisk Lacey Firestone Allison Daniel Elizabeth Nichols


Lea Anna Cardwell is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program at Clemson University. Originally from Ruston, Louisiana, she received her B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Louisiana at Monroe graduating with summa cum laude honors. Lea Anna currently works as the graduate assistant in the Pearce Center for Professional Communication where she manages a group of 12 undergraduate student interns who work on client-based communication projects. She is expected to graduate in May 2016.

Ashley Fisk is an alumni and faculty member of Clemson University. She received an undergraduate degree in Graphic Communication (2000) and a graduate degree in Professional Communication (2003). Ashley has been working for the University for 12 years as a Senior Lecturer in the English department where she teaches technical and business writing courses. In addition to teaching, she is the Assistant Director of the Pearce Center for Professional Communication. At the Pearce Center, she works with a team of student interns to produce multimodal projects for on-campus clients. Ashley was recognized by the student body and awarded the 2012 Phil Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching.  She was also awarded the South Carolina 2013 South Carolina Faculty Award for Service Learning. When Ashley is not working, she is spending time with her 18 month old daughter and husband, Paul.

Lacey Firestone is an undergraduate senior at Clemson University studying general marketing with a minor in management. She is originally from Cumberland, Rhode Island, and this is her third consecutive semester as a Pearce Center intern. Her other  involvement includes being a executive committee member of the professional business fraternity, serving on the College of Business and Behavioral Science Student Advisory Board, and co-captaining the competitive dance team Tiger Strut. When she is not on campus, Lacey is most likely waitressing at the local Olive Garden, painting, or doing something outdoors. Lacey hopes to begin her career upon graduation in May in a sales role for a technology company, and eventually work with marketing or branding consulting.

Allison Daniel is a sophomore English major at Clemson University with a minor in Communication Studies and an emphasis in Writing and Publication Studies. She is from a small town called Dillon, South Carolina and has worked at the Pearce Center since January of this year. She has worked as the managing editor of Synergy, supervising most of the writing process for all the articles. Allison is also the Sports Editor of The Tiger, Clemson’s student newspaper. In her free time, she loves to read, attend Clemson sporting events and spend time with friends. Allison is expected to graduate in May 2018.

Elizabeth Nichols is a senior Graphic Communications major at Clemson University with a minor in Business Administration. She is from Pomaria, South Carolina, and this is her second semester as a Pearce Center intern. She is involved with Lutheran Campus Ministry and does volunteer work with local groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Clemson Community Care. In her free time, she loves to read, go sailing, play softball, and work on creative projects, whether they are free-lance graphics projects or DIY projects at the apartment. Elizabeth graduates this May and is hoping to begin her career working with a branding agency or magazine.

Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Webcast

Clemson University Collaborations in Service-Learning is sponsored by the Clemson Service Alliance. The Service Alliance promotes the use of community service and service-learning by Clemson faculty in classes with both undergraduate and graduate students in all major disciplinary areas. The Collaborations radio webcasts are an opportunity to hear from some of our Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellows, their students, and their community partners about  service-learning projects around the state of S.C., and to learn about the impact of these service-learning projects on the community and on student learning outcomes.  In 2015-2016, we will be focusing on service –learning classes in five different disciplinary areas:  Planning and Landscape Architecture, English, Languages, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Thank you for participating, and we hope that service-learning practitioners in both K-12 and higher education will find these workshops very helpful in the course development, implementation, and evaluation process.
This program comes to you as a public service of Clemson University. There is no fee, and no registration is required. You may listen to the program and view the supplementary materials using only your computer. You will need to call in if you wish to speak on the live program.