people networking

Tuesday, February 27
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
Lawrence Campus


Matchmakers 2018: Educating Kids

This year's Matchmakers event is dedicated to discussing and brainstorming service learning projects with representatives from the Lawrence Public Schools and community organizations with the mission of educating kids.

The event will begin with a panel of faculty and community partners sharing their experiences and tips for developing and carrying out partnerships. Participants will have time to ask questions of the panel before beginning the "matchmaking" portion of the event. During matchmaking, participants are encouraged to have multiple brief conversations with other participants, to brainstorm possible future collaborations.


Panel Members

  • Nancy Hamilton, Associate Professor in Psychology
    Faculty instructor of PSYC 605, Health Psychology
  • Denise L. Johnson, Assistant Director Nutrition and Wellness Lawrence Public Schools
    Community partner for PSYC 605 course
  • Robert Hagen, Research Associate, Kansas Biological Survey and Lecturer, Environmental Studies
    Faculty instructor of EVRN/BIOL 418: Field Ecology
  • Anna Busby, Science Teacher at South Middle School
    Community partner for EVRN/BIOL 418


About Matchmakers

panel speakers

Matchmakers is an annual service learning meet-and-greet that brings together representatives from community organizations with faculty members and instructors from an array of disciplines. The annual event inspires new campus-community partnerships that address community-defined needs while enhancing student education and civic engagement.

During the event, participants hear from panelists or speakers experienced in service learning. Then "speed greeting" commences and faculty members/instructors and community partner representatives pair off to brainstorm potential partnerships. After several minutes, participants find new partners and new brainstorming begins.