Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


Your Portal to Academic Community Engagement


IMPACT informs the Tulane University community about academic engagement options that fulfill the public service graduation requirement. This forum will provide an overview of programs offered through the Center for Public Service, announce information sessions, application requirements and deadlines, and post ongoing internship opportunities. It will also highlight student interns, community partner agencies, study-abroad programs, and service-learning courses. Read on and engage!


   Public Service Internship Fair




Find an internship for Summer or Fall 2014!


Date:  Wednesday, April 2nd

Time:  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Place: LBC Qatar Ballroom








Over 100 organizations will be represented and recruiting interns for both Summer and Fall 2014 semesters. This is your chance to meet them face to face and finalize your placement! Partners attending the fair represent a wide range of professional domains and there will be exciting and quality internship opportunities for students in every academic field.


Remember! Doing an internship through the Public Service Internship Program is a great way to:


  • Fulfill the 2nd tier of Tulane's public service graduation requirement
  • Receive academic credit
  • Gain professional experience
  • Be engaged in your local community


Some tips for the Internship Fair:

  • Bring a resume
  • Dress to impress
  • Apply online: cpsis.tulane.edu 
  • Like us on Facebook  





    Public Service Fellows


Hey Engaged Students!  


The Public Service Fellows program is recruiting for engaged students to be leaders in service in Fall 2014.  If you're considering playing a leadership role in a public service project, whether that be working with a faculty with their service learning course, working with a community partner on their volunteer program, or a service project or community-based research that you're developing, this program can offer you academic credit and support!  Some current open placements include:

  • Working with faculty on a Place-based Storytelling course.  Must have some sort of video/media/film production interest and experience (especially social-issue or documentary), and be well-organized.
  • Working with English as a Second Language community agency to help with their volunteer programing and creating a New Orleans ESL network.   
  • Working with faculty/partner agency MediaNOLA with coordinating and training service learners and uploading their web content.  Excellent communication and organization skills are a must.
  • And more...

The Fellows program is an academic, public service leadership program that consists of 3 components: an academic leadership course for 3 credits; a 4th service learning credit for your role in assisting the designated service project (~4 hours a week); and being a CPS student leader by participating in various events or opportunities.  A pre-semester training is also required. 


Please check out the website for more information.  Submit your application to bridget1@tulane.edu.  

Service-Learning Courses

    Language Revitalization: The Case of Tunica, Lousiana's Sleeping Language (Summer 2014)



A language dies every two weeks. With it die worlds of cognition, unique patterns of talking and thinking. Most of the languages dying today are being replaced by a language whose speakers control economic and political power. While some indigenous groups have chosen to let their languages pass into history rather than corrupt them with neologisms, non-indigenous worlds and concepts, most speakers of indigenous languages want not only to preserve their cultural heritage but also their linguistic heritage. The Tunica, a Native American group which once controlled commerce and the salt trade for the Gulf South, is now amalgamated with the Biloxi.  Their tribal headquarters and reservation is in Marksville Louisiana.


Since 2009, Tulane has been collaborating with the Tunica to bring back their language.  The last speaker, Sesostrie Youchigant, died over fifty years ago. This course addresses the processes of language death, as well as methods and initiatives for language revitalization. Students will learn effective second language teaching methods and elementary Tunica. They will then apply what they have learned, serving as teaching assistants during the tribe's Language Summer Camp. The Tunica tribe will host the course in Marksville for the week of the Summer Camp.


Learning Outcomes:
(a) students will be familiar with the major scenarios of language death as an on-going process
(b) students will understand the particular history of the Tunica-Biloxi nation and will have knowledge of the local processes that lead to the demise of the language
(c) the student will be familiar with means to counteract language shift
(d) the student will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of language planning, both state and local
(d) the student will become adept at employing second language teaching methods to work with Tunica educators and children
(e) the student will gain an elementary speaking knowledge of the Tunica language
(f) the student will work alongside a Tunica elder and an educator at the Tunica Language Summer Camp in Marksville, teaching Tunica language and cultural practices


Program goals:  1.Give students broad exposure to the field and to a variety of theoretical and research perspectives. This course enhances the Linguistic program theoretical offerings in the areas of language death, language revitalization, and language pedagogy. The research perspective of "salvage" linguistics, an underdeveloped area in our offerings, is presented, both through the use of archival materials and analysis of the language community as documented by Gatschet in 1888 and by Haas in 1933.
2. Work with real language data, gaining skills in analysis and field techniques, as well as technical knowledge of theoretical frameworks within which to explore the diversity and universality of human language(s) and language acquisition. This course will give the student hands-on (lips-on) experience with language learning and teaching, as well as strengthening their knowledge of field techniques, transcription, language documentation and revitalization.


LING 3000

Course Dates: June 2-13, 2014

Click HERE for a full course description  

For more information, contact Dr. Judith M. Maxwell, maxwell@tulane.edu

Internship Opportunities

 Tulane Infant Mental Health Services:

Internship Opportunity


The Tulane Infant Mental Health Services Program (TIMHS) provides mental health assessment and treatment to Medicaid-eligible children ages birth to five and their caregivers who reside in Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes. The primary responsibilities of the intern will be to assist with screening of children's symptoms, participate in assessments or treatment with early childhood mental health specialists, assist with handling telephone calls for intakes or scheduling appointments, etc.   Along with TIMHS clinicians, the intern may conduct observations at child care centers or on home visits with caregivers and children. The intern will document interactions. When possible, the intern will attend staff meetings with the TIMHS team. Through observation and hands-on experience, the intern will learn about the developmental and psychological needs of young children and their families. The intern will gain an understanding of how mental health practitioners interact with several child-serving agencies to promote the well-being of young children, including medical, childcare, educational, Child Protective Services, and early intervention services.


Partner Agency Information

Tulane Infant Mental Health Services

Contact Name: Mary Margaret Gleason MD, FAAP

E-mail: mgleason@tulane.edu

Phone: 988 4653


 CELT Summer Internship Award



The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Internship Award.


Funds up to $1,000 are available for students exhibiting financial need to participate in unpaid or minimally compensated internships.


For more information, please visit the announcements section of the CELT homepage (http://tulane.edu/celt).


   Public Service Awards



The Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award recognizes the top money_grass.jpggraduating senior Tulane service student.  Winners will be honored at a lunch at Emeril's Delmonico and receive a $500 award.  

Deadline: April 1st. 

The Leaders in Service Award recognizes those graduating seniors that have consistently given back during their Tulane career.
 Winners will be recognized at a lunch at the President's House and with honor cords for Graduation. Students applying for the Runsdorf Award are automatically included in the Leaders in Service Award consideration.

Deadline: April 11th. 




The Jena Hellman Leblang Emerging Leader in Service Award recognizes a first year, sophomore, or junior student who has dedicated his or her time to  volunteering and service. The recipient will be honored during the annual Community Involvement Award ceremony held in April with a $500 award.

Deadline: April 11th.


For more information,  contact Katie Houck at 



The Cowen Service Challenge





This challenge aims to encourage students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Tulane to celebrate President Cowen's legacy of supporting healthy and vibrant communities through direct community service.


By May 2, 2014, we will complete 750,000 hours of service in New Orleans and around the world.


Be in that number!



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In This Issue
Internship Fair
Public Service Fellows
Summer Service-Learning Course on Language Revitalization
Tulane Infant Mental Health Services
CELT Internship Award
Student Awards
Cowen Service Challenge




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