Community Service

Documentation of material related to Faculty participation in community service.

Pursuant to NEASC standards, this section of the Portfolio will contain material to document:

  1. Continued professional growth (5.7)
  2. Participation in scholarship, research, creative activities, and/or service (5.7)


I was introduced to Service-Learning very early in my career at KVCC. When all those leaders had left I was teh only one to carry that forth. I created the KVCC Center for Civic Engagement as a way to focus efforts on the development of standards and expectations for quality service-learning and community engagement at KVCC. I practice these principles both in my classes and in my personal life. - Dr. Mark K.

Summer 2016

Trek Across Maine

I participated in this year’s Trek Across Maine to support the Maine Lung Association

Spring 2016

Music at Moody

I managed the second season of Music at Moody. We had the following concerts:

  • February 20, 2016 - 7pm-9pm - "Faculty Recital - Joshua DeScherer, bass with Jesse Feinberg, piano"
  • March 11, 2016 - 7pm-9pm - "Beatles for Sale"
  • April 10, 2016 - 6pm-8pm - "Exit 244"

Fall 2015

Music at Moody

I managed the first season of Music at Moody. We had the following concerts:

  • September 24, 2015- 7pm-9pm - "Jazz at Moody Chapel"
  • October 23, 2015 - 7pm-8:30pm - "Richard Dostie Recital on the Moody Chapel Skinner Organ"
  • November 7, 2014 - 6pm-8pm - "Yellow Brick Road: Tribute to Elton John"
  • November 21, 2015- 7pm-8pm - "Magic at Moody"

Summer 2015

Trek Across Maine

I participated in this year’s Trek Across Maine to support the Maine Lung Association.

Fall 2014

Hat and Mitten Drive for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and the Trinity Men’s Shelter

Through the months of October and November several students collected hats and mittens to be donated to these two shelters. To cap off the drive, I organized a Benefit Concert featuring my own band,Yellow Brick Road: Tribute to Elton John.

The concert was held on November 15 in the Moody Chapel on the Alfond Campus of KVCC and was a huge hit!

ClickHEREto visit a special page I produced to communicate the results of the drive and the Benefit Concert.

Summer 2014

Produced a video for the YMCA“Reach and Rise” Program

Worked with staff from the Reach and Rise Program at the Alfond Youth Center, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA in Waterville, ME to create a promotional video.

Trek Across Maine

I participated in this year’s Trek Across Maine to support the Maine Lung Association.

The team raised a total of about $6000. I was also instrumental in acquiring the corporate sponsorship of an Augusta-based engineering firm TRC, to pay for custom bike shirts for all the team members.

Spring 2014

Sock Drive for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter

My SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology class has taken on an effort to collect socks for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.

College Bowl

KVCC entered two teams into this year’s College Bowl event to help raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine.

Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Skills Matter Task Force

This task force is for the members to coordinate division-wide efforts, identify resources, and propose an action plan centered on the assessment of undergraduate student skills. How might we measures the skills attained by students in our courses, and what core set of skills might introductory psychology students gain which will serve them for the rest of their lives? Can we share resources nationwide to measure and document the skills of our psychology majors/graduates? How can we encourage employers of psychology graduates to help document graduates' accomplishments as well as provide persuasive evidence to faculty members, administrators, accreditation bodies, legislators, and the general public about the value of the bachelor's degree in psychology?

Fall 2013

Case Management Supervision for New Hope Women's Shelter in Solon, ME

I've taken on a part-time role providing training and supervision to the case managers (and regular volunteer staff) at the New Hope Women's Shelter.

Spring 2013

Faculty Consultant with Maine Campus Compact

Provided consultation to Faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta - Bangor Campus, related to incorporating Service-Learning into their Psychosocial Rehabilitation course.

Spring 2011

External Review Committee--UMA Social Science Program

I served on a small committee to provide an external review to the University of Maine at Augusta's Social Science Program. I served on this committee and was elected Chair of the committee responsible for the final written review. The other committee members included:

Dr. Allen Salo, University of Maine Presque Isle Dr. Carol Nemeroff, University of Southern Maine Senator Libby Mitchell

Thank-you letter from Interim Dean, Gillian Jordan, UMA

Summer 2011

2011 Trek Across Maine

Led a group of volunteer students to spend the day volunteering for the Trek Across Maine. We worked at the Colby College stop onthe Trek in various capacities

Summer 2009

Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Membership Involvement Taskforce

For several months I was involved in a nation-wide task force charged with the task of developing initiatives for greater member

involvement in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division II of the American Psychological Association). I was able to offer the use of our Blackboard courseware system as a "virtual meeting place" so that several of us from around the country could participate in the proces.

Ongoing Work at KVCC

KVCC Center for Civic Engagement

Created the Center for Civic Engagement at KVCC to promote and encourage the incorporation of Service-Learning into both curriculum development and student-activities.

KVCC Center for Civic Engagement Website

Ongoing Development of Institution-Wide Service-Learning

Ongoing provision of technical and pedagogical consultation to faculty/students interested in incorporating Service-Learning into theircurriculums.

Mark Kavanaugh 2017