Students to Serve as Maguire and Irby Family Public Service Interns

Maguire.jpg Seven SMU students will experience the challenge and the satisfaction of volunteering during summer 2010 as Maguire and Irby Family Public Service Interns.

The Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility has placed more than 100 students in local, state, national and international public service jobs during the last 14 years.

Internship applicants are responsible for finding agencies to sponsor their projects, and interns are selected based on the ethical merit of their proposals and justice issues they will address.

The interns for 2010 are:


Shay Cannedy, an anthropology graduate student in Dedman College, will work with the Green Leaf Program at Refugee Services of Texas, Inc., in Austin. She will develop and implement a culturally competent system for evaluating services. Shay also will develop a curriculum for marriage-education classes for refugees dealing with the stress of adjusting to life in a new country.

John Duvenci, a student in Lyle School of Engineering, will work with Living Water International to design a waste-water treatment system for an orphanage in Luanda, Angola.

Kendra Eaton, a junior majoring in Markets and Culture in Dedman College, will work with Fundacion A. Jean Brugger in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, teaching art appreciation for children in an after-school program. She also will tutor students in English and teach workshops to help residents enhance their computer skills.

Lisa Haayen, a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology in Dedman College, will compare student retention rates and outcomes at two Vickery Meadows Learning Center campuses to understand factors that will improve learner persistence and thus improve the curriculum and programming in West Dallas.

Eric Anders Pedersen, a junior majoring in Markets and Culture in Dedman College, will go to northern Uganda to work under the umbrella organization of Elephant Sisters to aid in building low-cost homes, to counsel former child soldiers in conflict resolution and mediation, and to expose children to the English language through reading, song and conversation.

Sheba Rasson, a junior majoring in psychology in Dedman College and business in the Cox School, will work at Legal Hospice of Texas in Dallas, reviewing and editing client orientation materials, performing client registrations and assisting with research and preparation of legal documents.

Ablat Turson, a graduate student in biology in Dedman College, will work at International Students Inc., researching and analyzing the needs of international students studying at Dallas universities and matching needs with potential resource delivery systems.

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