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What Undergrad Students Say

What students say about the Environmental Leadership Program


Beth Webb ’04
Beth Webb and Jenny Laxton invetory illegal dump sites near Fall Creek

Beth Webb and Jenny Laxton invetory illegal dump sites near Fall Creek

"My experience was very memorable. At times it was very stressful, but when you complete a component of the project, it is very rewarding.     Unlike some other classes, you are proud of the items you produce. I would recommend the program to students who are willing to put in the work.   It is not for students who think they will get an easy grade and some brownie points. It takes a lot of work and sometimes I felt that it would be impossible to get done.

"I feel very strongly that the program will help me in the future.   On some level, I’m not as worried about getting a job and performing well in it. Service Learning (now called the Environmental Leadership Program), although it was a lot of work, made “the real world” seem a little bit more approachable.   I developed many skills that will be useful in the future."



Matthew Fisher ’03
Matt Fisher and Megan Sabo check an ODFW fish  trap on McGowan Creek

Matt Fisher and Megan Sabo check an ODFW fish trap on McGowan Creek

"Although the Service Learning program was often challenging, time-consuming, and sometimes frustrating, I walked away from it with a feeling of achievement, growth, and satisfaction. One of the most rewarding moments came when one of our project partners sincerely expressed his gratitude and approval for the work that we had so cumbersomely labored on.  I would recommend the Service Learning Program to anybody who is concerned with gaining real-world experience and has a penchant for bettering the environment. The SLP was important for me because it was the first tangible opportunity I’ve had to apply what I’ve learned here at the University. This program has helped me better understand my professional and academic goals while refining certain skills like speaking, research, writing, and teamwork.


Taylor Stevenson ’03
Taylor Stevenson and Erin Hannelly explain TV recycling to high school students

Taylor Stevenson and Erin Hannelly explain TV recycling to high school students

"This project has been one of the most memorable and valuable experiences of my life. I am so proud of what I have done with this project that I can’t stop bragging to my friends and family about all that my teammates and I have accomplished!

"Through my SLP project I learned how to step up and create professional work for the professional world. That includes gaining confidence in my writing, greatly improving my presentation skills,learning how to raise funds and convince others of the worthiness of my cause. I also learned how to work in a very close group — which includes lessons in organization, initiative, and compromise. I absolutely recommend the SLP to other students. It is a great way to experience first-hand the nitty-gritty AND the glory of environmental projects."



Bethany Shetterly ’02
Bethany Shetterly surveys Spencer Butte visitors

Bethany Shetterly surveys Spencer Butte visitors

"I learned a variety of things, some specific to our project and other skills that will be valuable no matter what kind of work I do. I learned how a large project can be successfully managed by condensing loads of work into bite-sized jobs that can be done over a period of time. I improved my group skills. I now am able to set up a workplan, design a database, collect surveys and observations, analyze data and present findings. By the time I’m finished with my project I will have written a case study and created an educational field guide. I have had no other class like this during my university experience. As I have been conducting my job search, I have run across many jobs that ask for a bachelor’s and at least one year of experience or no degree and at least 4 years experience. My time with the SLP has given me that "one year of experience."