Cumberland University

Community Issues Projects

Each spring students in the Master of Public Service Management (MSP) program select individualized research projects and present a major public program attended by elected and appointed governmental officials, community leaders, MSP alumni, and the families of the students. Topics deal with current community issues students believe need to be or should be addressed by public and private community agencies and public officials in Middle Tennessee.

Developing the assignment is a multi-step process that includes selecting and researching a specific community issue important to the student or to his or her community, interviewing experts in the field, and developing a pictorial book and informational exhibit, as well as formulating an oral presentation. Representative examples showing the depth and breadth of this learning exercising follows.

Student Projects

Jennifer King's pictorial presentation on Human Trafficking. Caroline Gregory pictorial presentation on story of the Campus for Human Development.
Cara Autman pictorial presentation on Screaming Eagles and Wounded Hearts. Cancer Death Rate in Tennessee is Alarming by Wardine Couch
Book developed by Lynn McDonald focusing on the historical significance of the Nashville City Cemetery and impact on Middle Tennessee.  Faith in the Midst of Suffering, presented by Robb Merritt; a story of his mission trip to Africa.
Homeless Veterens: The Forgotten Ones by Kelly Hobbs. Honoring the African American Grandmother by Sadrack St. Louis