Bentley College
Professor P. T. Davis




In the spring of 1994 an opportunity arose for undergraduate students to earn one extra credit as an extension to any approved course at Bentley College. This opportunity may be repeated in three different courses, thus providing a student three credits in total, or the equivalent of a three-credit course.

During the past three years, Bentley College has received much recognition for curricular innovation involving Service Learning, whereby students learn by helping others, usually by doing volunteer work for off-campus non-profit organizations, such as soup kitchens in the metropolitan Boston area or phone hot lines for legal aid. Until now, service learning at Bentley has not addressed environmental issues in a major way. However, for the past two years, P.T. Davis, a Bentley geology professor, has been a volunteer on a recycling committee in the City of Waltham. There is also a paid part-time recycling coordinator in Waltham, as well as a phone hot line for citizens with questions concerning recycling. Unfortunately, the hot line takes much time away from the coordinator's other duties. So, we have an opportunity not only to provide a service to help solve an important environmental issue, but also to strengthen the relationship between Bentley College and the City of Waltham by development of a service learning project focused on recycling.

The goal of the Geology I - Service Learning Recycling Project, under direction of P.T. Davis, is provision of volunteer coverage of Waltham's recycling phone hot line, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as other duties in Waltham's Recycling Office. Each student volunteer will be required to spend an average of 1.5 hours per week during the fall semester, for a total of 21 hours. Also, each student will keep a log of calls to the hot line, and at the end of the semester write a summary and evaluation of her/his experiences from answering questions (i.e., what were the most difficult or funniest or strangest questions that had to be answered) and from performing other miscellaneous duties in Waltham's Recycling Office, located at the southwest corner of Church and Lexington Streets. An additional important aspect of this writing assignment is a discussion concerning how the experience contributed to your education (i.e., in reflection, what learning did you acquire from the experience). The paper will be between 3 and 5 pages in length, double-spaced (about a 1000 words). Your geology professor and a representative of Bentley's Service Learning Project will provide necessary guidance and training for all student volunteers.

Participation in this project during fall semester, 1994, is by a first come basis for the first 25 students who sign up. Please contact P.T. Davis in CLA 128, 891-3479, for further information.