Posted: 11/07/22

TAMIU Service-Learning Expo Showcases Student Projects and Service to Community, Winners Named


Dr. Kaithlyn Culliton
Dr. Kaitlyn Culliton, director of Service Learning  

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students showcased service-learning projects conducted with local non-profit and government organizations at the annual Service-Learning Expo Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. –  noon  in the Student Center (SC) Ballroom.

Admission was free and open to the public.       

Some 100 students showcased 100 projects and represented three TAMIU service-learning courses.

Students were judged based on their presentations by University faculty, administrators, and guest judges. Certificates and recognition followed at an Award Ceremony at the Expo’s conclusion. 

Top finishers and their respective classes are as follows:

Dr. Puneet Gil: Class Science Methods EDEL-3384

1st Place: Katherine Aleman, Raquel Rodriguez, and Karla Mares

2nd Place: Samantha Salgado, Laily Vasquez, and Kiara Hernandez

3rd Place: Briana Sepulveda, Diana Landa, and Sandie Gonzalez 

Dr. Daniel De la Miyar:  Capstone Civic Engagement UNIV-4390

1st Place: Jordan Cervantes

2nd Place: Arizbeth Espinoza

3rd Place: Samantha Gamez

An Expo highlight was the presentation by Book Lit members of some 28 books they have authored to the TAMIU-Lamar Bruni Vergara Literacy Project. The books are used by students in the Project and share a cultural relevance that increases the likelihood of improved literacy for the elementary school participants. 

Service-learning is an educational experience in which students participate in a TAMIU credit-bearing course paired with an organized community service component. Key to service-learning is guided and structured reflection that supports learning by enhancing course content comprehension, integrating academic and service concepts, and developing civic/social justice responsibility. 

For more information, contact Dr. Kaitlyn Culliton, director of Service Learning, at kaitlyn.culliton@tamiu.edu

 University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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Students conferring over exhibit
Students Erika Valadez and Ernestina Perez share their research presentation with an event judge.