Community & International Development

Community Service Assistantship Program

In 1983, while chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, I saw a need for more hands-on experience for our majors in working with people and communities. Thanks to start-up funding provided by Dick Proctor and the McGregor Fund, the Community Service Assistantship Program or CSAP was born. The work-study program allowed students to gain hands-on experience working with at-risk children, youth and adults in various community agencies and schools in nearby Benton Harbor and beyond. The program was reorganized in 2003 to support our general education program and is now called Andrews’ Service Learning Program.

Genesis Single Parent Program

A spin-off of CSAP, the Genesis Single Parent Program came into existence in 1987 thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education or FIPSE. The program provided single parents from the inner city of Benton Harbor and beyond with individually tailored support services to help them succeed in college. Among the kinds of services provided were child care, housing assistance, tuition assistance, counseling and career planning. The program, in its duration from 1987 to 2003,helped over two hundred single parents to complete college.

Project Rainkeep

A community development initiative inspired by archaeological research on past water management practices in Jordan, Project Rainkeep seeks to heighten awareness among present-day local villagers and the public of the importance of household and agricultural cisterns as a means to assure year-round supplies of fresh water for families and farms in Jordan. A grant from CIDA through the Canadian Embassy in Amman helped launch the initiative as a community development project in1995 when 30 cisterns were restored by ADRA Jordan. The impact of the project ten year later has recently been studied by Sonya Jenssen, a student in the Water Studies Masters Program at the University of Bergen.

Tall Hesban Restoration and Preservation Project

Since 1996, Andrews University, in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and the Village of Hisban, has undertaken to install pathways, viewing platforms and signs to make Tall Hesban accessible and understandable to visitors. The government has also erected a fence around the site to protect it from damage inflicted by flocks of grazing sheep and goats. A curriculum and teaching materials have also been developed in cooperation with a local school teacher to teach the present-day village children about the site and its importance as a cultural heritage site. A grant received in 2005 from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation will enable several of the most prominent monumental ruins at Hesban to be preserved, including the Hellenistic fortification wall, the Roman stairway and plaza, the Byzantine church, and the Mamluk governor’s palace.

Lower Jordan River Basin Program

This program is an initiative of the University of Bergen‘s Centre for Development Studies in Norway and Bir Zeit University in Palestine with the overall aim to build up research and competence among Palestinians and Norwegians with regard to the culture, history and human ecology of the lower Jordan basin of Palestine and Jordan. The original application, which I helped write, outlined the major research dimensions of the project and how the various research components would contribute to a competence-building effort within Bir Zeit University. This again was to be linked to a more long-term institutional aim at the university, the establishment of a Resources Management Center, and the establishment of an MA program in the Department of Archaeology. Andrews University‘s Institute of Archaeology and the Madaba Plains Project are partners with the Centre for Development Studies and Bir Zeit University in this long-term institutional capacity-building program in Palestine.


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