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03/09/2010
Caroline Owen
Auriell Frederick
Reflective Overview

Introduction section: My name is Auriell Frederick. I am a freshman at Our Lady of the


Lake College. For this course, I feel that I have worked very hard on each and every
assignment, with the exception of one (not completing my essay questions at mid-term). I
have put my best foot forth towards this class. This includes being fully engaged when
guest speakers were speaking, completely 95% of my assignments on time, and really
focused on producing quality content for my work. I have gained much beneficial
information from this course and learned about Our Lady of the Lakes mission, values,
and beliefs. Along with my classmates, I have had the pleasure of learning firsthand about
servant leadership from two guest speakers and their experiences. This has helped me
relate the concepts of servant leadership to this courses objectives.
Course Learning Objectives
In this course, students will develop an understanding of and a personal connection
with the College mission, purpose, and goals.
During this course, I have made a personal connection to the OLOLs mission,
purpose, and goals. In Academic Seminar we researched several universities/colleges
mission statements. In my body of evidence, I have compared and contrasted three
learning institutions mission statements with OLOLs. Below is OLOLs Ex corde
Ecclesiae:
Ex corde Ecclesiae, Our Lady of the Lake College will strive to become "an academic community
which, in a rigorous and critical fashion, assists in the protection and advancement of human
dignity and of a cultural heritage through research, teaching and various services offered to the
local, national and international communities. It possesses that institutional autonomy necessary
to perform its functions effectively and guarantees its members academic freedom, so long as the
rights of the individual person and of the community are preserved within the confines of truth and
the common good."
The community is animated by a spirit of freedom and charity; it is characterized by mutual
respect, sincere dialogue, and protection of the rights of individuals. It assists each of its members
to achieve wholeness as human persons; in turn, everyone in the community helps in promoting
unity, and each one, according to his or her role and capacity, contributes towards decisions
which affect the community, and also towards maintaining and strengthening the distinctive
Catholic character of the Institution.

The principles of the Ex corde Ecclesiae place emphasis on service to people of


God, which is all. OLOLs mission, values, and goals do not only emphase academic
excellence, but strive to help each individual become the best individual possible. OLOL
strives to teach with Christian principles, Franciscan values, and foster a wholeness as
a person. OLOLs Franciscan values include: reverence and love for all of life, joyfulness
of spirit, humility, and justice. The Ex corde of Ecclesiae speaks to provide students with
a deep understanding of servant leadership and care for all peoples, while providing

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respect and tolerance to those with cultural differences. It also stands for justice and
against discrimination of any form. OLOL seeks to provide education that fosters critical
thinking for all students. This critical thinking should engage students within a global
context. Students are also engaged in course work that encourages dialogue concerning
Christian thought and Christian attitudes. Students are encouraged in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
I can personally relate all of these values to my attitude towards others; first
seeking to serve, seeking humility, remembering patience, celebrating diversity,
celebrating the joy that is life, and seeking to understand others. Lastly, to understand that
by permanently embracing these principles in my pursuit of personal, academic, and
professional achievement, I will continue to grow and be a well-balanced and successful
individual of God.
In this course, students will become familiar with the concept of servant leadership
and appreciate the importance of service learning.
Servant leadership is when a leader seeks to first serve others.
Service learning is integrating theory and course content while
servicing the community. Studies show that students engaging in
servant leadership show positive cognitive and affective developments.
Longitude studies show significant positive effects of service on all
outcomes, such as improved academic performance, writing skills,
GPA, and examples of maintaining Christian values. Please refer to my
Service Learning Reflection Assignment for my comparison and
contrast of service learning and how it relates to students.
Servant leaders are committed to the growth of people and to
the stewardship of others. They help to build the community. They use
their awareness, empathy, and attitudes of compassion to promote
healing. Servant leaders are great at conceptualizing beyond the
scheme of daily realities as to envision great things but know how to
balance their daily focus. They also use their intellect and logical
powers of persuasion to help educate others and build consensus
within their groups.
My appreciation for servant leaderships values is great.
Examples of how I agree with servant leadership are such: In servant
leadership, leadership development is a high priority in serving others.
Developing great leaders is critical to success on any platform. To do
so, servant leaders downplay themselves and exalt others. They strive
to help others become the best individuals and leaders possible.
Humility and lack of pride will allow great leaders to step aside for
those more qualified and learn from their mistakes, but will also allow
for them to utilize their foresight to help prevent future negative
consequences of mistakes. In addition, this will also allow for openness

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to learn from anyone. Followership is based on character, not power,
position, or personality. Servant leaders first seek to understand then
be understood.
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In this course, students will learn about the goals of the College core curriculum and
begin to develop skills and strategies to achieve these goals by connecting their
ongoing learning with the core competencies and the various threads of the core
curriculum.
In this course we learned about the Colleges core curriculum. We learned about
the General Education requirements, core competencies: interpersonal communication,
computational competence, social and structural competence, and natural science
competence.
As a first year freshman, I participated in developing skills and strategies to better
achieve reaching these general educational goals. The course work lead me to focus on
developing study skills, learning better study habits, and strengthening my note taking
skills. A guest speaker from OLOLs library instructed us in many of the librarys
electronic resources and databases. Our Academic Seminar class broke in groups and
discussed necessary attitudes and tools needed for achieving our General Education
Requirements, as well as ways to become better students. We discussed, and later wrote
an outline for tips on how to better perform in college including understanding expected
classroom decorum, investing in the necessary tools for learning, utilizing on campus
resources regularly, such as the librarys data bases, study rooms, library commons, and
using the writing center and tutoring program. We also discussed time management and
balancing personal obligations which included making personal sacrifices and deferring
immediate gratification to achieve our scholastic goals.
As a student, it is important to understand the threads listed in OLOLs core goals,
which include Literacy; Diversity; Civic Engagement; Global Awareness; Critical
Thinking Ability; Spiritual and Ethical Values; Humanities and Fine Arts awareness;
Collaborative Engagement; Commitment to Life-Long Learning; and Technology. These
goals are intended to lead the student to a life of servant leadership, the overall goal of
this college.
In English I improved my comprehension of the written word, expand my
vocabulary, and learn to express myself better in my writing. I will further my knowledge
by continuing to study by taking other communication topic classes such as Speech so
that I may improve communication skills. I will also continue with English II to further
develop my writing skills so that I can better communicate and expand my knowledge of
literature, which will lead me to better understand people and their relationships with
others and the depth and breadth of the world.
The thread of diversity exists in many classes offered at OLOL. Students benefit
greatly in an atmosphere of diversity promoted by OLOL. In psychology I was instructed

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in the many different types of individual personalities and the reasons people behave as
they do, which has given me an understanding that people may act and react differently
for various reasons. Having an understanding of the reasons people may behave leads to
the appreciation that diversity is not be feared. Having an understanding of the
differences and likenesses that we, as humans share, allows me to appreciate that while
people are different, they are also the same in many basic ways. With that understanding,
I can more easily communicate with others who are not exactly as they appear. I have
come to learn that diversity is all around us, and having an appreciation for diversity
prepares me for engagement with others, both personally and professionally.
I have not taken Theology yet, but I look forward to learning about religion and
its history in a Franciscan Ministries environment. I will participate in civic engagement
through my service learning activities, a requirement of the theology course. My civic
engagement will occur far after I have left the theology classroom and I will continue to
participate in volunteer activities and service in my communities for many years to come.
I hope to help my community as much as possible with all of the knowledge and
compassion that I will have gained through OLOL.
Courses such as Sociology and Anthropology promote global awareness through
the study of various social and environmental climates, current and past global issues,
social economies, and ethics. This thread is extremely important because it links
the importance of understanding global differences for any Christian student who seeks to
promote humanitarian efforts outside of the United States, as well as in ones own
community.
Critical thinking is an essential element of OLOLs core goals as it pertains to the
students ability to relate the information learned in their studies to issues and situations
outside the classroom. Critical thinking deepens ones intellect and takes the information
learned to the application of the information. Students will learn to develop scientific
reasoning skills and critical thinking skills from the first class and throughout their
academic careers.
Spiritual and ethical values are promoted all throughout a students scholastic
career at OLOL. The fundamental Franciscan Ministries core spiritual and ethical values
are woven throughout the curriculum and the classroom by promoting holistic and
spiritual growth through compassion, caring, person-centered care approach, and most
importantly, servant leadership. Students in this environment are encouraged to look deep
within, develop spiritually, and focus on the care and nurturing of others through service
learning. The core values as demonstrated by the College, are the same core values a
Christian person should develop personally and in ones work.
In this course, students will begin to connect their ongoing learning with the goals,
objectives, and outcomes of their specific professional programs.
In this course I have learned to adopt a different approach to my schoolwork and
in my personal life. I have developed a new attitude toward learning. I have taken the

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time to reflect what my personal goals are and what OLOLs mission and objectives are.
This has allowed me room for improvement and has allowed me to shift focus from being
a self-serving individual into more of stewardship role. I have realigned my own personal
and academic goals after developing a better understanding of what is required to excel at
OLOL. I have challenged myself further, and I have changed my goal from seeking to
apply to the respiratory therapy program to the physicians assistant masters program. I
feel that I can better serve others in a broader spectrum by expanding my professional
future by becoming a PA.
In this course, students will reflect on previous ways of learning, learn about college
expectations for achieving deep learning, and begin to identify and use strategies
that will help them achieve deep learning in their current and future course work.
Previous to taking Academic Seminar, I did not understand what deep learning is
and its importance. In this course, we reflected on our old study habits and old ways of
learning realizing that such older processes were not as efficient for our current higher
education expectations and requirements. Before taking higher educational courses,
many students use memorization as a means to briefly take in the course content and
subject matter and then regurgitate information for their exams. This fulfills the students,
as often they are able to receive a satisfactory grade; however, subject matter and content
is often quickly forgotten and students do not take valuable information with them, as
information is not stored in their long term memories, but only in their short term
memories.
Deep learning involves true mental engagement and requires students to engage
fully in the learning process. Engagement leads to deep learning because students must
use critical thinking skills and apply of the information learned, which is knowledge.
Learning in this way builds a solid foundation where critical thinking is more inclined to
flourish.
Deep learning is not limited to classroom instruction. This concept is critical to
life-long learning and self-instruction. We learned the value of self-education through our
guest speakers personal testimonies as they were related how clinical programs also are
dependent upon continuous learning and self-education.
I have previously never engaged as fully in the deep learning process as I have
now that I have completed this course and my other General Educational Requirements,
thus far. I know that the foundation of knowledge that I have acquired will continuously
build so that I can successfully complete other core General Educational goals,
particularly with my program specific education goals.
This process of life-long learning will continue while I am in my clinical rotations
and throughout my career. Because medicine is continuously changing, we must strive to
stay abreast of new information, and we must continue growing to excel in our
professional and personal journeys.

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Evidence of Work:
Mission Statement: Comparison and Contrast of Other Learning Institutions
Yale University Statement:
Like all great research universities, Yale has a tripartite mission: to create, preserve, and
disseminate knowledge. Yale aims to carry out each part of its mission at the highest
level of excellence, on par with the best institutions in the world. Yale seeks to attract a
diverse group of exceptionally talented men and women, from across the nations and
around the world and to educate them for leadership in scholarship, the professions, and
society.

Yales mission statement has a three part philosophy to create, preserve and share,
or disperse its knowledge. In some ways as Our Lady of the Lake College (OLOL), Yale
prides itself on its commitment to excellence, the attraction of a diverse group of students
nationwide, and teaching a diverse group of students who are deemed to be academically
talented. OLOL Colleges goals further more directed toward the development of its
students to develop both professionally and spiritually, to serve in a Christian way, which
is based on high morals, and to focus on person-centered services and servant leadership
Louisiana State University: Mission Statement
As the flagship institution of the state, the vision of Louisiana State University
is to be a leading doctorial/research extensive university, challenging
undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual
and personal development. Designated as both a land-grant and sea-grant
institution, the mission of Louisiana State University is the generation,
preservation, and dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of
the arts. In implementing its mission, LSU is committed to:
Offer a broad array of undergraduate degree programs and extensive graduate
research opportunities deigned to attract and educate highly qualified
undergraduate and graduate students.
Employ faculty who are excellent teacher-scholars, nationally competitive in
research and creative activities, and who contribute to a world-class knowledge
base that is transferable to educational, professional, cultural, and economic
enterprises; and

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Use its extensive resources to solve economic, environmental, and social
challenges.

LSU has a multi-part mission. LSU functions as a leading doctoral/researchextensive university and a graduate and undergraduate university. Its goal is to challenge
its students greatly to achieve their highest level of personal, educations, and professional
knowledge of arts, sciences, culture, and economic enterprise and further apply his or her
knowledge. In contrast, OLOL Colleges philosophy is that its students shall develop
holistically, continuously apply their knowledge and abilities for a life-long engagement
of excellence with a focus on service to others.
LSU competitively employs its faculty, which is composed of, and not limited to,
globally knowledgeable, teacher-scholars, whereas; OLOL College prides itself on
fostering a learning environment with a more interactive, student centered approach.
Our Lady of the Lake University: Mission Statement
The mission of Our Lady of the Lake University, and independent, Catholic institution
sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is:
To provide excellent teaching through traditional and innovative educational programs;
To develop its diverse, intercultural student bodies in Christian, person-centered learning
communities; and
To graduate individuals who are competent and committed to service.

OLOL Universitys mission statements share similarities with OLOL College.


Both institutions strive to provide a student-centered approach in Christian, person
centered learning communities, and to graduate competent individuals whom are
committed to service. OLOL College takes the last mission statement objective to a
higher level, to, foster an engaged community of civic-minded scholars that encourages
a culture of social responsibility and service.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Guest Speaker


Physical therapist assistants (PTAs,) provide physically therapeutic care to those
patients whom are injured by neurological insult, affected with cardiopulmonary
problems, or muscular injury. PTAs work in intensive care settings and many other
settings, both in and out patient. It is important for PTs and PTAs to start care for their
patients to help patients maintain joint function as well as soft tissue function and help
them return to their normal routine. PTAs get them sitting, standing, and moving around.
They also help patient get up and walk about. They made need assistance to walk about
so that they can go home and continue to recover, Early mobility gives them a better
outcome as far as the healing process.
Besides the bedside setting, there is an In-patient rehabilitation unit. To qualify,
patients must be able to tolerate physical speech or occupational therapy for three hours
at a time. Receiving physical therapy in combination with these other two therapies really
prepares them to be become independent so that they may return home.
Another setting is in outpatient therapy. These patients are most like ambulatory
patients and are typically more well that those in in-patient settings. PTAs participate in
this setting deal with specific injuries like sports injury and specialize in other clinics
such as pediatric clinics. There are many disabilities that require physical therapy. Many
therapeutic measures utilize a more fun way. For example With pediatrics, it is about
therapeutic play. How you do engage children that is play, but also meets therapeutic
goals.
Another enjoyable form of PT includes hippo therapy. Many children participate
in this form of PT. Patients must facilitate their weight shift to maintain balance. The
rhythm of the horse is a natural weight shift and promotes patients core stability and
strength. Aquatic therapy is another setting, which provides exercise for all ages
including the very young. The water provides force able resistance. PTAs can also work
in a geriatric setting, such as nursing homes, or with children and adolescents and teens
through school system.

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Education for a PTA includes a two year associate program. At OLOL there is
what is called a One Plus One Program. This prepares students for clinicals after meeting
OLOLs General Education requirements. At OLOL, twenty-four students are accepted
into the clinical program. The clinical program is intense with a great deal of information
that is to be simulated in a short period of time. We have been told by a guest speaker that
clinicals are stressful.
Clinicals start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00pm from Monday through Friday.
Students participate in didactic classroom in the morning and lab activities in the
afternoon. Students participate in lab practicals to ensure that students are properly
instructed to be safe in the care that they assist in, before they go into a clinical setting.
OLOL has contracts with about sixty locations. Students go for about fifteen
weeks to these locations for clinical assignments. They are assigned to a clinical
instructor who serves as their leader and evaluates their performances.
PTAs assist. The physical therapist program is now a doctorate level entry
program. Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) learns the same level interventions. PT
evaluates and sets up a plan of care. The plan of care may be to increase certain muscle
function, the PTA helps develop exercises and activities to develop goals and strengths,
our guest speaker further explains.
Communication is a big part of the role for PTAs. This includes documentation
and verbal communication. PTs and PTAs come together to share information regarding
the patient to ensure that the patient gets the best possible care. Our guest speaker states
that this career is Very rewarding, knowing that you are a part of the patients care. After
weeks and months of therapy, to see them walk out of the clinic, that is the best feeling.
PTAs average $35-50k annually on a starting salary while PTs earn $60k plus,
annually, on a starting salary. Home health and nursing home settings pay better, but all
are great jobs. Job market is wide open!

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Health Care Administration Summary: Dr. Elizabeth Bersere


Healthcare administration is planning and organizing staffing, directing, coordinating,
reporting, budgeting. It also ensures appropriate quality healthcare is delivered efficiently.
Here are a few major points about Health Care and Health Care Administrators and
their responsibilities in the United States. Health Service Administration is a degree of
Bachelors of Science and incorporates sciences in the career.
Our HCS is revolving. There is a big reform. We need to better understand what
reform is.

There are technological innovations and grants coming down for e-med records.
There is a mandated date for the switch and HC administrators are responsible for
this.
There is complex regulatory environment.
Restructuring of work to gain efficiencies
HCAs focus on improving and ensuring quality.
There is an increased emphasis on preventative care. The focus of the health care
reform is changing from care secondary care to primary care. This is significant
and creates lots of jobs in the HCA field.
HCAs work everywhere. HCAs enjoy the flexibility with the health care
management degree as HCAs are allowed to move into different sectors of their
careers. HCAs can move horizontally in their careers without further education.
You do not have to go back to school to become retooled. Dr. Bersere worked in
health technology, health marketing, and is currently in health education.
The outpatient sector is booming. Physician practices, surgery centers, rehab
centers, dialysis all show a demand for HCAs.
There is much work in long term care facilities.

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Positions in social agencies, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance


companies, governmental agencies, and with VA sectors.

Healthcare management is growing faster than the average career. HCAs typically
maintain a work week that is forty hours per week. Salary ranges from $30 to 80k
annually based upon sector and experience level. Earnings vary by type and size of the
facility, level of responsibly, profit status, geographical location.
Dr. Bersere selected this field because she wanted to help people. She wants to
improve the quality of life for her community. She took it on as sense of duty and
responsibility and she enjoys health care. She enjoys the complexity of HC and wants to
improve HC system. Also, she wants to improve the quality of life for others. She states
that being a HCA is being in a position of continued self-improvement and serves a
valued role in the community.

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Service Learning Reflection Assignment


John Eby feels service that individuals hold service learning as something that is
"sacred" and should examine the subtle effects of service on communities. I feel most
Ebys dilemmas with service learning can be solved through quality assurance and quality
management on both a macro and micro level. Through successfully doing such and
maintaining a high level of quality and excellence, for both the provider and participant
of service learning, service learnings benefits heavily outweigh its risks.
I agree that there should be careful consideration and planning with regards to the
community and for the service learning program(s) before its plan is developed, initiated,
and through its duration. Eby makes a valid point that research tracking of service
learnings impacts should be interpreted carefully, as it cannot be measured in hours or
tasks, yet, by its social impact on the community and its effect on the community and
for the students.
One should ask, how have previous service learning efforts effected the community
and how can the program or technique be improved? The planning of service learning
include with the mutual goals of the both participant and the provider. With that, there
should be an adopted module for mutual reinforcement that benefits the participant and
provider on an equal spectrum. The intended outcome should be fully communicated and
agreed upon.
Strategic planning, governance, and resourcing must be included in the service
learning module. If such a module was implemented and taught to students, this module
would help to not only educate to faculty and staff, but other key participants. This also
must be taught to supervisors.
Service learning without proper governance does have the potential to do harm;
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reduced to a very minimal aspect, thus eliminating mixed motives, misrepresentation, the
danger of ending short-termed relationships abruptly, and personal bias.
With service learning, there is must be mutual needs of the community, the service
provider and the participant. Gaps could potentially be filled with a community liaison,
whom is not affiliated with the participant (other than his or her activities in the service
learning program.) If the community assigned an elected ambassador to represent its
community, there would be a direct voice for the community to voice its feedback. This
would help better serve the community by representing the communitys needs by
relaying critical information so that the provider will better understand the community
before the service is provided or during its duration and follow-up. The participant and
provider will benefit by this ambassador by allowing key messages and communication
to be received from a trusted person or persons, representing the community. This will
also allow for a better rapport between the provider, the community, and all its
participants.

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Service Learning Project: Haitian Service Learning Relief
In our Academic Seminar class we are addressing the objective of student service
learning by linking service learning to the Haitian Disaster and creating a mock service
learning project.
I am targeting two of basic needs of the people of Haiti: the need for clean,
drinkable water and cots, to dually function as traditional temporary bedding and
temporary hospital bedding.
The reflection activity for this service learning activity will be group discussion.
The plan for this activity includes the following goals:
I.

Elect campus representatives, students and faculties, and ambassadors for the
involvement of this project

II.

Establish student awareness of the basic needs for the people of Haiti affected by the
earthquake.
A) Explain why sleeping materials and clean water are necessary for the Haiti
People;
B) Explain why clean, drinkable water for the Haiti People is absolutely critical.
C) Explain how water desalinization is important can be relatively affordable for the
masses and be a long term solution for the Haitian islands.
1. Explain why salt to chlorine water filtration is a solution and can be used
as an alternative, but will not address a permanent solution for clean
water.
2.

Educate students why it is not cost efficient to air lift bottled water to
Haiti, nor is it a permanent solution.

3. Educate students on why developing a partnership with a manufacturer


and/or corporation is necessary, as a project of this scale requires massive
resources because it is addressing a massive population.
D) Educate students about the economic situation, past and present of Haitians, and
how the recent disaster has exacerbated poverty and affected the lives of so many
who because of lack of resources will not be able to recover without massive
humanitarian efforts.
III.

Advocate and partner with a Sister (Catholic Charities or Franciscan Ministries) college
or university nationally, or internationally to compound fundraising efforts. Allow
partnership with other participating colleges and universities.

IV.

Develop a work plan to raise money, get partners, conduct research, and acquire cots
and desalination systems. The work plan shall include
A) Research and develop a plan to approach the WDSM (water desalinization
manufacturer(s).)

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B) Research viable filtration manufactures a select a company or corporation to
approach for help.
C) Re-elect a key group of representatives to contact the WDSMs until a positive
response is received.
V.

Purchase cots directly from manufacturer through a contractual bidding system.

VI.

Have Red Cross or another non-profit deliver cots and water filtration systems and
supplies directly delivered to multiple disasters relief sites in Haiti.

VII.

Create a Clean Water Campaign for Haitians.

IX.

Continue CWC throughout its implementation and its duration of the project in Haiti.

I anticipate successful results for my Service Learning Plan. I believe that that
providing bedding and creating a campus wide partnership with students, nationally, and
perhaps internationally will realistically satisfy the goals (both of service learning and
fundraising) outlined above for the bedding project. My project will enhance service
learning. It will create global awareness for the students and re-illustrate core Franciscan
principals, values, and beliefs and both participants of the project, thus the participants
will benefit.
I do anticipate a potentially negative impact on students, but not the community.
This being with regard to one major aspect of the Clean Water Project is the potential
response from large scale manufacturers or corporations of water desalinization
technology systems, IE, negative or critical responses and or the refusal of participation.
To avoid a negative impact on the community, I propose steps III through XI, which
illustrates key members whom will have the experience and necessary knowledge to
approach and negotiate business with such companies. These elected members should
have experience dealing with such business practices and will be a direct liaison for
OLOLs Franciscans Ministries Clean Water Campaign. They should be able to exercise
perseverance and handle sensitive correspondence data discretely and appropriately so
the students and other members not be discouraged by initial rejection from the water
filtration technology systems.
The socioeconomic impact on Haiti is negatively devastating. Their economy is
totally destroyed. There is extremely little to no production of clean water, little shelter
for Haitis residents, no production of food, no hospitals, and no jobs for a very
impoverished population. There is a very high population and rate of violence due to
urbanization and the already impoverished economy is struggling with the AIDS/HIV
epidemic and lack of necessary medical care. Global outreach is critical to this countrys
failing economy to provide basic needs such as food, water, shelter, law enforcement,
medical care, and medical supplies or the country will eventually perish.

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Core Competencies Assignment


The four core competencies, described below, briefly describes how each specific
course or courses in the General Education Requirements helps a student develop that
competency.
English I, II, and Interpersonal communication will develop students abilities for
communicative competence by preparing them with a skill set focused on communicative
learning, introducing diversity of ideas, and providing the opportunity to strengthen their
literacy skills.
Chemistry, Statistics, Math 1315 will develop students for computational
competence by engaging students to become critical thinkers, preparing them by the
utilization of technology, developing mathematical and scientific principals and
fundamentals that will prepare them for their core focus of study.
Sociology, Psychology, Arts, and Anthropology will develop students social and
cultural competence by providing them with a sociological and global awareness, foster
respect for cultural differences, and incorporate the Franciscan values of service,
reverence, and love for all life, including joyfulness of life and humility.
Biology and its corresponding lab with develop students natural science
competence by enhancing knowledge and thinking in support of further study.
The following are threads listed in OLOLs Core Goals:
Literacy; Diversity; Civic; Engagement; Global Awareness; Critical Thinking Ability;
Spiritual and Ethical Values; Humanities and Fine Arts Awareness; Collaborative
Engagement; Commitment to Life-Long Learning; Technology
Literacy exists in Interpersonal Communication as well as English by preparing
students with writing skills.
Diversity exists in Psychology by educating students about different types of
individual personalities, thus preparing them to act within a diverse group or groups of
peoples in service engagement and careers.
Civic engagement exists in Theology through the students service learning
activities.

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Global awareness exists in Sociology by educating students about different social,
environmental, and global issues as well as different social economies.
Critical thinking abilities exist throughout Physics by engaging students in
curriculum that
provokes and develops critical thinking skills as well as the students use of scientific
reasoning skills.
Spiritual and ethical values exist in Theology by teaching students OLOLs
Franciscan Values, also, by promoting holistic and spiritual growth through student
Franciscan Values and fundamentals.
Humanities and fine arts awareness exist in Art by providing students with a cultural
approach and artistic education through the use of art appreciation, art history, and a
hands on approach to artistic production.
Collaborate engagement exists in Current Moral Problems and Ethical Issues on
Health care by teaching students current ethical and moral issues in the health care
industry, thus promoting group discussion and classroom debate.
Commitment to life-long learning exists in Academic Seminar by educating students
about their responsibility to their community and their need for continuing education to
better serve their patients and community.
Technology exists in Math 1310 by educating students how to operate computers,
electronic graphing devices to complete their mathematical course.

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Developing Guidelines for Classroom Behaviors and Decorum


Our Lady of The Lake states that certain behaviors around campus are
unacceptable. Students should conduct themselves in a respectful manner towards fellow
students, teachers, and faculties. Students should not engage in any inappropriate
behaviors such as plagiarism, smoking on campus, and partaking in any alcohol or drug
consumption on campus. OLOL cares about its students and facultys safety and well
being. Suspicious behaviors are encouraged to be reported. OLOL also states that
students should treat their peers and faculty with dignity, care, compassion, and respect,
as they would to other fellow members in the community.
In the classroom, as a student, the most conducive learning environment depends
on the setting for learning. If the setting is a lecture or seminar, students should remain
quiet and keep disturbances or moving around to a minimum and wait to be
acknowledged before speaking or imposing a question. If the setting is in a lab, then
students should proactively participate with the fellow students and peers and contribute
equally while actively seeking to achieve knowledge. Should the classroom setting be
where group discussion is required, students should alternate taking turns speaking and
never speak over the professor. Students should not engage in any disrespectful behaviors
towards anyone. Disrespectful attitudes, unwillingness to work, inappropriate remarks,
verbal tone, and body language (towards anyone,) and disruptiveness (such as cell phone
usage), sleeping, entering class late, and talking while a professor or guest is speaking is
highly disruptive to the entire class and detracts from focus and wastes important class
time.
My suggestion is that faculty and teachers should not tolerate any outright
displays of disrespectful and disruptive behaviors. Professors must take control of their
classroom and maintain control of the classrooms environment. I feel that he or she
should make it clear to his or her students from the beginning, by setting clear guidelines
from beginning of the class. Such expectations should illustrate behaviors for which he or
she will have no tolerance. Clear cut expectations are extremely important to persons of
any age, at both academic institutions and places of employment and families. While this
is an academic setting for adults, and a high level of personal maturity and responsibility
should be illustrated with ease, every professor knows that this is not always the case.
Such instances of difficulty and displays of behavior that are not conducive to positive
learning experience for students should be dealt with on an individual basis and
consequences should be enforced.

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Nursing Summary
The General Education Requirements to apply for the nursing program include six
college hours: biology, chemistry, college algebra, psych, English I, II, AP I, and require a
GPA of 2.75 in all these courses. Also there are co-requisites, for students, and students
are encouraged complete them before they apply to their clinical programs. Such
requirements are: Microbiology, English II, Microbiology Lab, Nutrition, AP II, Lifespan
Psychology, and Theology.
More than four hundred people apply for traditional program and one-fourth are
selected. During the first semester, one-third of students drop out. In the second semester
half of the students drop out or fail out of the program. Failure usually correlates with
lack of reading.
As a nursing student, a lot of learning is self teaching. The nursing program
requires the application of knowledge, not regurgitation. It requires the use critical skills
on tests to select the best possible answer.
Foundations and pharmaceuticals are taught throughout the entire semester.
Fundamentals cover the most important stuff in class, but one needs to self-teach the
material outside of the class. Thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is a must
before starting the clinical nursing program.
Nursing students must fully understand all knowledge for application. Preclinicals are typically held on Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm and nursing students gather
patient information during this time. They also look up the patients chart information,
diagnosis(s), recent vitals, drugs that the patients are currently taking, and if possible,
meet with their patients. Nursing students must know their diagnoses, possible drug
interactions, diseases, and pathologies extremely well, as they will be working under their
clinical instructors license. Clincal instructors will drill nursing students about their
knowledge of medication. There is a lot of CAN (Certified Nursing Assistant) work
involved, such as delivering trays, checking trays, changing sheets, personal hygiene,
completing urine and feces output, and dispensing medications. Nursing students will
have a hectic schedule to meet the medication schedule and time management skills are
essentials. As far as outside of the clincals, study skills for classes are just as important
and one must make a study schedule and stick to that schedule.

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Then during the second semester for two days a week nursing students attend four
hour classes for seven weeks. Then clinical rotations are usually twice a week. Nursing
students maintain that flexibility is a must for scheduling, as their lives are scheduled
around their clincals and really stress that attendance is a must.
There is an accelerated nursing program at OLOL. The program is intensely
rigorous. Nursing students attend classes everyday for three weeks, class or clinicals all
day, for the duration of a continuous year without break. Nursing students maintain that
often students drop out of the accelerated program because of its intensity and surge of
information.
Nursing students advise that on ones nursing program application one should
make their essay the best possible. One should include his/her community service and
his/her motivation for being a nurse. Also, letters of reference should be written
professionally by those with influence. One should really seek to shine in his/her essay.
GPA says a lot about the applicant. One must have a C or better in the arts and science
curriculum. Nursing students maintain that it is very important to join the Student
Nursing Association. It is a great networking tool. There is a new program called the
Smart Start Seminar. It is a three day seminar that helps students for nursing school and
helps with nursing exit exams.
Nursing students also advise to become close with other clinical students. They
encourage students to work on those relationships, make friendships, and develop
teamwork. You are thrown into it, but it gets easier, one speaker states. Each new class
or semester is scary. Clincal instructors can be intimidating. Also, know people one
semester ahead of you.
Nurses may not complete their professional program and certifications to
immediately find their ideal job in their ideal field. Nursing students advise, Gain
experience in some way shape or form to work towards your ideal job right away. When
you do, it will be very worth it.