2015 Excellence in Service Learning Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Service Learning Award Recipient

Dena Register

Dena Register, who was the Director of Faculty Programs for International Programs and an associate professor in music therapy and music education has taught service learning courses at KU since 2008. As a Spring 2009 Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, she created Southeast Asia’s first music therapy degree program and established clinical music therapy programs for patients with neurological disorders and children with special needs at two Bangkok-area hospitals. Register has also led five study abroad programs to Thailand, allowing students to observe and implement music therapy sessions at clinical training sites such as university hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and education facilities for children.


Student Excellence in Service Learning Award Recipient

Jordyn Gunville

Jordyn Gunville, senior in Applied Behavioral Science, received the student award for the leadership and personal growth she’s exhibited through her volunteer work and community health courses. Gunville volunteered with a KU Medical Center mobile clinic that serves urban and reservation American Indian communities and, through service learning practicum coursework, created guides and protocols to assist and support future volunteers at the clinic.

Also through coursework, Gunville independently developed and received a grant to help Native American youth from South Dakota participate in LEAD UP, a youth leadership and college access program at KU for racial and ethnic minority youth. Gunville was placed with the Center for American Indian Community Health at the KU Medical Center for a practicum experience and was instrumental in getting high school, undergraduate, and graduate racial and ethnic minority students from KU and other institutions involved in an eight-week summer internship program at that center.

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