State Sen. Stan Rosenberg to Speak at UMass Amherst on Service Learning

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will host a talk by state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, Thursday, April 22, 7 - 8 p.m., in the Honors Lounge area of the Honors Program, located just outside Room 504 in the Goodell Building.

Rosenberg, a UMass Amherst alumnus, will inaugurate the campus''s First Annual Service Learning Lecture. His topic is "Public Policy and Citizen Action: How Individuals Can Make a Difference." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Also in attendance will be UMass Chancellor David K. Scott and Chancellor of Higher Education Stanley Koplik. Koplik will be joined by a contingent of South African scholars who are exploring educational institutions throughout the state in an effort to establish and further programs in their own country.

Immediately preceding Rosenberg''s talk, a reception will be held from 6 - 7 p.m. on the 6th floor of the Goodell Building. At this reception, Rosenberg will recognize the first group of undergraduate "citizen scholars" taking part in a new program that integrates community service with the curriculum.

The 13 citizen scholars being honored are students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. They will be involved in a two-year program beginning in the fall semester of 1999 in which they will spend at least 60 hours per semester involved in community service, take classes related to the topic, and engage in monthly seminars with community, campus, and political leaders. The goal of the program is to show students how they can reach out to the public while developing leadership abilities in the area of community service. The program is sponsored by the Honors Program but is open to all qualified students.