Spring Break: ‘Stone Soup’ bus tour to take students on rural Minn., N.D. community visits

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Spring Break: ‘Stone Soup’ bus tour to take students on rural Minn., N.D. community visits

A group of UND students will spend spring break this year on the Stone Soup Bus Tour visiting rural communities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. The tour is part of Service and Rural Communities, a 1-credit course sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement. The class provides students a perspective on this area of the country that they call home while attending UND.

The tour will visit Karlstad, Minn., and Edinburg, Fort Totten, Towner, Bismarck, and Tower City in North Dakota. Students will learn about the assets and connections of each community and provide a report to the communities about how rural communities might maximize their use of assets and connections.

At the Capitol in Bismarck, students will meet with legislators to learn how rural communities are connected through state government.

The course is taught by Lana Rakow, professor of communication and director of the UND Center for Community Engagement, with assistance from Anna Larson, coordinator of the Center's Community Connect Project; and Kiley Wright, a communication graduate student. The course reflects UND's "Engaged Campus" designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning.

In addition to the tour, the Stone Soup Program recognizes and encourages service contributions to communities through an annual Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards Program and the Stone Soup Fund, which provides funding for UND faculty service-learning and community research.

The UND Center for Community Engagement links academic resources with community needs and encourages students to develop knowledge while serving communities.

To learn more about the Stone Soup Bus Tour or to talk with students as they visit rural communities and the state capitol, contact Larson at 701.777.6181.

Contacts: Anna Larsoncoordinator, Community Connect ProjectCenter for Community Engagement701.777.6181

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