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Service Learning/Civic Engagement (SLICE)

Service Learning/Civic Engagement 

The Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SL/CE) program strives to advance co-curricular participation in service learning and civic engagement in all degree programs, throughout standing campus organizations, and within the communities served by the university.

Our goal is to assist students in discovering an educational experience that will provide a service to our community and training for students within the realm of their individual degree focus. 

Our objective is to supply faculty with the resources and tools needed to create and maintain a service learning course and correlate the course material to the student's service.

Our purpose is to bridge the connection between the service opportunities provided by the community partners of the Northwest Oklahoma region and students seeking a service learning or civic engagement experience.



Contact Information 

Kaylyn Hansen

Service Learning Coordinator
Herod Hall Second Floor
(580) 327-8150

What is SL/CE?

SL/CE is an educational experience in which students participate in the organization and execution of service activities that address campus and community involvement. The following characteristics serve to enhance faculty, student, and community partners' understanding of this concept:

As an educational experience, SL/CE meets academic learning objectives (spelled out in the syllabus).

  • Involves experience with a community-based organization suitable for promoting civic learning.
  • Incorporates voluntary reflection by students in order to gain better understanding of the material they are studying.
  • Results in students having a greater appreciation of the discipline they are studying.
  • Based upon principles of a campus-community partnership and reciprocity.

The goal is to enhance or better the community, while increasing the students' sense of civic responsibility and engagement.  

Student Information

How does SL/CE benefit students?

  • Students involved in service learning and civic engagement generally have a higher grade point average than students who choose not to participate.
  • Service learning increases retention of course's subject matter and decreases student drop rates.
  • Service learning strengthens analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Students have the opportunity to gain real world experience while learning their coursework and building their resumes.
  • Students can become involved in assisting with an issue that is affecting their community.
  • SL/CE teaches citizenship and social responsibility skills that can last a lifetime.
  • Students participating in a service learning designated course or a club/organization contributing hours towards a civic engagement project/event are eligible to be nominated for The deSERVING Ranger Award presented by certificate each spring semester.


Student Co-curricular Service Learning Activities

Student Co-curricular Service Learning Activity Benefits

  • SL/CE promotes your civic engagement or volunteer project.
  • SL/CE enhances your project by forming a partnership with other clubs/organizations or a course.
  • If your club/organization is currently looking for a civic engagement of a volunteer project, SL/CE can help you find an engagement/project and make connections.
  • Submitting Post-Project Reports automatically nominates the organization for awards which are presented each fall semester.

Student Co-curricular Service Learning Activities Post-Project Report Form (Please submit one report per extracurricular project/event.)

Faculty Information

Faculty Benefits

  • Service learning supplements the educational experience being provided by the instructors.
  • Service learning allows the faculty to give back to the community through their students.
  • Service learning provides an opportunity for the community to view the faculty as a resource.
  • Service learning components in curriculum gives students the opportunity to connect classroom theory and practice to a community need.
  • Service learning brings the community into the classroom.
  • Service learning increases student retention by helping them develop a sense of community within the classroom.
  • Submitting the Community-Based Course Follow-up form automatically nominates Service Learning faculty for four SL/CE awards presented by certificates at the NWOSU Faculty/Staff Recognition ceremony each November.  

Ready to submit your course for consideration as a service learning course? See the information and forms below!

Submit a Service Learning Course Approval Form

Service Learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, and reflection. Students involved in service learning are expected not only to provide community service but also to learn about the context in which the service is provided, the connection between the service and their academic coursework, and their role as citizens.

  1.  Complete the Course Approval Form above prior to offering the class. 

  2.  The SL/CE Committee will review the completed form. They will approve the course or return it to the instructor with instructions for modification. Download a copy of the SLICE Committee Rubric for Service Learning Course Designation checklist to use as a guide.

  3.  For questions regarding the completion of the form or approval process please contact the Service Learning Coordinator at (580) 327-8150 or email at servicelearning@nwosu.edu.

Service Learning Course Development Materials

Community-Based Learning Course Follow-up Form

Please complete this form to help the Office of Service Learning/Civic Engagement track data and information about your service learning course. The information submitted is reported to Campus Compact.

If your course has already been given the Service Learning (SL) designation, this form must be submitted at the end of every semester the course is offered to continue receiving the designation.

Student Service-Site Form

Community Partner Evaulation Form

SL/CE Courses by Degree

Service learning courses offered by degree:


3950 Business Society and Government


1214 Introduction to Plant Sciences

Agriculture Education

1214 Introduction to Plant Sciences

4960 Student Teaching/Internship


3011 Science Fair Judging

Biology: Health Science

3011 Science Fair Judging

Biology: Natural Science

3011 Science Fair Judging

Business Administration

3950 Business Society and Government


3011 Science Fair Judging

Computer Science

3101 C-STEM Investigations

Computer Science Information Systems Option

3101 C-STEM Investigations

Criminal Justice: Corrections

4703 Criminal Justice Internship

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

4703 Criminal Justice Internship

Early Childhood Education

3313 Chirldren's Literature

4203 Elementary Creative Activities

Elementary Education

4960 Student Teaching/Internship


3513 Technical Writing

English Education

4960 Student Teaching/Internship

Health and Sports Sciences: Option I (Education)

4960 Student Teaching/Internship

Health and Sports Sciences: Option II Fitness Management (Non-Education)

4233 Internship I


4402 Historic Preservation

4422 Public History

History: Global Studies

4412 Museum Studies


1013 Habitudes

Mass Communication

3463 Introduction to Strategic Communication


3101 C-STEM Investigations

Mathematics Education

4960 Student Teaching/Internship

Music: Option I Vocal

2101 Concert Choir

Music: Option II Instrumental

2121 University Band

Music Education: Option I Vocal

4960 Student Teaching/Internship

Music Education: Option II Instrumental

4960 Student Teaching/Internship

Natural Science Education

3011 Science Fair Judging


3037 Nursing Care of the Adult I

3226 Nursing Care in Mental Health

Political Science

4703 Public Service Internship


4261 Field Experience

Social Science Education

4960 Student Teaching/Internship

Social Work

2121 Service Learning in Social Work


4703 Sociology Internship


3113 Penisnular Spanish American Culture

Special Education

4203 Elementary Creative Activities  

Speech and Theatre

1441 Theatre Production I

 For more information, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

SL/CE Work-Study Positions

The Higher Education Act (HEA) states that one of the purposes of the FWS program is “…to encourage students receiving Federal student financial assistance to participate in community service activities that will benefit the Nation and engender in the students a sense of social responsibility and commitment to the community.” At NWOSU seven percent of the federal work study allocations are designated toward community service.

The following postions on campus have been designated as community service positions:

  • Project HELP (Hispanic Educational Language Program)
  • KNSU Radio Station
  • Community Bulletin Board Operator for NWTV
  • America Reads through the School of Professional Studies
  • NWOSU Museum
  • Wellness Center
  • Alva Recreation Complex

For more information about the Federal Work Study program contact the NWOSU Financial Aid Office

SL/CE Committee

The SL/CE Committee was formed as a standing committee in September of 2005 and meets regularly to address the following charge:

  • Define service learning and civic engagement for Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
  • Define a mission statement for the SL/CE committee.
  • Distinguish the characteristics of service learning and how it differs from civic engagement.
  • Explore ways to incorporate the philosophy of service learning and civic engagement into the university's curriculum and into its student organizations.
  • Document the activities, in which departments/divisions are currently engaged, that qualify as service learning.
  • Identify ways to ensure departmental buy in.
  • Establish ways to document service learning/civic engagement activities.
  • Promote awareness of service learning/civic engagement opportunities.
  • Maintain a service learning/civic engagement page on Northwestern's website.

The contents of the SL/CE web pages represent the products of the committee's work.

SL/CE Committee Members

Members- Kaylyn Hansen (Chair), Dr. KeEra Byrd, Dr. Jerry Gustafson, Dr. Mathew Lambert, Dr. Piper Robida, Derek Trabuc, Madeline Long (Student Representative)

SL/CE Community Partners

If you would like to join the list below and partner with us and our students for volunteer opportunities at your organization please contact the appropriate SL/CE member:

Kaylyn Hansen
(580) 327-8150

Dr. Jerry Gustafson
(580) 213-3184

Dr. Kylene Rehder
(580) 327-8134


Or fill out the Service Learning Community Partner Submission form online to let us know you'd like to partner with us!

Organization        Business Phone/Web Address


Alva Arts Alliance, 580-327-7649

Alva Chamber of Commerce, 580-327-1647

Alva Community Theatre, 580-327-0622

Alva Counseling Center, 580-327-2755
Alva Ministerial Alliance, 580-327-2571
Alva Mural Society, 580-327-1612

Alva Public Library, 580-327-1833

Alva Public Schools, 580-327-4823

Alva Recreational Complex, 580-327-6111

Alva Senior Citizens Club, 580-327-1822

Alva Wesleyan Church Food Bank, 580-327-2636

Bill Johnson Correctional Center, 405-425-2500
Business & Professional Women, 580-327-5376

CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate, 800-742-2272
Cherokee Strip Museum, 580-327-2030

City of Alva, 580-327-1340 ext. 28

Freedom West, 580-327-2150

Graceful Arts Center, 580-327-2787

Headstart, 580-327-6658

J.R.Holder Wellness Center, 580.327.8100

Nescatunga Arts Council, 580-327-2467

Northwest Center for Behavioral Health, 580-327-1112

Northwest Domestic Crisis Center, 580-327-6648

Northwest Family Services, 580-327-2900

NWOSU Library, 580-327-8574

NWOSU Museum of Natural History, 580-327-8566 or 8673

Oklahoma Department of Human Services, 580-430-3100

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, 580-327-1214

Opportunities Outreach, 580-327-4912

Senior Citizen Center, 580-327-1822

Share Medical Center, 580-430-3360

Wesley House Food Bank, 580-327-2046

Woods County Department of Health, 580-327-3192

Woods County Office of Junvenile Affairs, 580-327-3451



4RKids, (580) 237-7890

American Red Cross-Cimarron Valley Chapter, 237-5994

ATS Counseling Focus Institute, 580-242-4673

Autry Technology Center (Coach-a-Kid), (580) 327-0821

CASA, 580-242-1153

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 580-237-1907

Coolidge Elementary - Reading, 580-366-7550
Department of Human Services-Enid, 

Enid Arts Council, enidartscouncil@gmail.com

Enid Public Library, 580-234-6313

Enid SPCA, 580-233-1325

Evergreen Life Services, 877-243-4021
Garfield County Commissioners, 
Gaslight Theatre, 
Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, Inc., 
Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, 

Hope Outreach, 580-237-4800

Leonardo's Children's Museum, 580-233-2787

Loaves and Fishes, 580-540-9830

Millennium Healthcare, 580-297-5125

Oklahoma Blood Institute, 580-233-9323

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation, 580-233-0244

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, 580-233-3051

Salvation Army, 580-237-1910

United Way, 580-237-0821
Youth & Family Services, 

YWCA, 580-234-7581


American Red Cross, 580-256-3828

CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate, 800-742-2272

First Baptist Church, 580-256-2837
High Plains Outreach Center, 580-254-5162

Hospice, 580-254-9275

Hospital Auxiliary, 580-254-8676

Literacy Council, 580-254-8582

Northwest Domestic Crisis Services, 580-256-1215
Panhandle Nutrition, 580-254-2389
Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum, 580-256-6136

Pregnancy Center, 580-254-2805

Relay for Life, 580-227-7449

United Methodist Circle of Care, 405-530-2078

Western Plains Youth and Family Services, 580-256-8931

Woodward Community Pantry, 580-256-2831

Woodward Public Schools, 580-256-6063
WOOF, 580-256-3320


All Fired Up: Gallery and Art Center (Guymon), 580-338-4278
ATS Counseling Focus Institute (Hennessey, Kingfisher), 580-242-4673
ATS Counseling Focus Institute (Tulsa), 918-986-1605
Big Five Community Services Inc. Head Start (Guymon) 580-338-6624
Draper Farms Headquarters (Guymon), 580-338-3333
Guymon Community Theatre (Guymon), 580-338-0019
Guymon Public Library and Arts Center (Guymon), 580-338-7330
Kiowa Recycling Center (Kiowa, KS), 620-409-0036
Loaves and Fishes Food Cupboard (Guymon), 580-338-0008
No Man's Land Historical Society (Guymon), 580-349-2670
Northwest Center for Behavioral Health (Guymon), 580-338-5851
Northwest Domestic Crisis Services (Guymon), 580-338-2780
Northwest Substance Abuse Treatment Center (Waynoka), 580-824-0674
Oaks of Mamre (Guymon), 580-338-5067
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (Guymon), 580-338-2043
Stamp Out Starvation (Cherokee), 580-748-1785
Texas County Department of Human Services (Guymon), 580-338-8592
Texas County Health Department (Guymon), 580-338-8544
Texas County Family TMCA (Guymon, 580-468-9622
Utica Park Clinic, (Tulsa) 918-579-3627
Western Plains Youth and Family Services (Guymon), 580-338-2117


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, 405-286-4000
Oklahoma Department of Human Services, http://www.okdhs.org
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, http://www.okrehab.org/
Oklahoma Humane Society, 405-286-1229, ext. 1


Co-Curricular at Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Co-Curricular refers to activities, program and experiences that provide learning opportunities that happen outside of the classroom.  The co-curricular programs are tailored to the mission of Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  The co-curricular areas of focus include:

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Service
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Critical Thinking

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