• What is Synergy?

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About Us

Synergy is a Clemson University Service Alliance publication created by the Pearce Center Interns that highlights service learning projects.

It shows outstanding student and faculty service-learning projects impacting Clemson’s campus, communities across the country, and countries around the world. This website allows users to watch videos, view image slideshows, read articles and even submit personal stories about service-learning experiences. 

Produced by interns in the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, Synergy is one of the first student-created projects to utilize the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite software available to students through the Adobe partnership. These students conceptualized the website, interviewed students and faculty, wrote and edited articles and designed the Synergy logo, layout and branding materials with Adobe tools.

To find out more about the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, please visit us at our website: http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/pearce/

If you would like more information about Synergy at Clemson University, please visit: http://www.clemson.edu/public/servicealliance/

Kathy Woodard,
Synergy Director

A note from the Director…

Former Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellow Ashley Fisk approached me late last summer with the idea of having the interns in the Pearce Center for Professional Communication create and design Clemson’s Service-Learning Annual Report this year. I loved the idea and agreed, and the interns started work on designing this publication in the fall of 2014. They spent the 2014-2015 academic year creating this publication that you are now reading. I have been incredibly impressed with their enthusiasm, their creativity, and their professionalism. It has truly been a rewarding experience for me to work with all of them on this project. When they presented me with their ideas for a new name for this publication, the one that immediately spoke to me was “Synergy”. “Synergy” is what this process of creating this publication together is about – and synergy is what service-learning is all about.

Our Clemson faculty who utilize service learning in the classroom understand the power of synergy. They intentionally design courses where students will be asked to engage not just with each other to solve a problem or address an issue but also with an “other” as part of this learning process. The “other” partner in this process could be faculty and students from another disciplinary area; clients or managers of community non-profits and organizations; a k-12 school and its teachers and students; business and industry professionals; or citizens in a foreign country. Their work in designing and implementing these classes is labor and time intensive and often comes with little professional recognition – but does give many of them the great personal satisfaction of knowing that they are making a difference in the world that extends beyond the doors of their classroom.

And it is the addition of the “other” to the learning equation that creates the transformational learning experience for all involved – an experience that seeks to set personal agendas and preconceived ideas aside in order to work together to find ways to effectively address some of the challenges we face locally and globally. At the heart of the experience that the faculty co-create with their students and the community is a belief in synergy – and a belief in its creative power to do great and noble things in the world we live in. So a VERY special thank you to Ashley and Lea Anna of the Pearce Center for Professional Communication and to the FABULOUS Pearce Center interns for allowing me the honor to participate in a synergistic experience with them this year — it has been a blast!!

And finally, a very special thank you to Clemson faculty, staff, students, and administration – and to the communities locally and globally who work with us — to create, support, and sustain our Clemson service-learning classes and programs. I hope all of you will enjoy reading the articles and watching videos on their work in 2014-2015.

A special thanks to our partners Whitney Brown, Associate Director of Civic Engagement and Kate Radford, Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement in Student Affairs!

Meet our Previous Interns!

Coordinator, Clemson Service Alliance:
Kathy Woodard

Pearce Center Assistant Director:
Ashley Fisk

Project Manager, Pearce Center Graduate Assistant:
Giuliana Caranante

Spring 2017

Managing Editor:
Allison Daniel

Designers:
Abbey Norris

Marketing and Social Media:
Abbey Norris

Contributors
Savvon Smalls
Victoria Webster
Jamie Yarborough

Fall 2016

Managing Editor:
Allison Daniel

Designers:
Nicolaus Sherrill
Abbey Norris

Marketing and Social Media:
Meredith Marcus

Contributors
Lauren Kirchenheiter
Claire Chaney

Spring 2016

Editor in Chief:
Lacey Firestone

Managing Editor:
Allison Daniel
Valerie Smith

Writers:
Linda Harmon
James Kidd
Lauren Kirchenheiter
Valerie Smith

Designers:
Caitlyn Mendogni
Elizabeth Nichols
Nicolaus Sherrill

Multimodal Content Development:
Allie Miller
Beth Winship

Fall 2015

Editor in Chief:
Lacey Firestone

Writers:
Kailey Fudge
Linda Harmon
Gavin Oliver
Saavon Smalls
Claire Spellberg
Kelly Quick

Designers:
Maria Poulos
Elizabeth Nichols

Multimodal Content Development:
Keeonu Foxworth
Chelsea Kozma
Beth Winship

Spring 2015

Editor in Chief:
Kaitlin Smith

Writers:
Nicole Burkart
Christopher Diorio
Emily Gach
Marissa Kozma
Gavin Oliver
Tanzania Scarborough

Designers:
Jasmine Kearse
Maria Poulos

Multimodal Content Development:
Lacey Firestone
Chelsea Kozma
Emily Pruitt

Fall 2014

Nicole Burkart
Madison Cooper
Christopher Diorio
Lacey Firestone
Jasmine Kearse
Kelly Mullane
Kelly Quick
Tanzania Scarborough
Kaitlin Smith

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