Service: The Key to Success
Published on February 14, 2013 by Staff Writer
Broadview University-West Jordan has the pleasure to spotlight this month Debbi Macfarlane-Clayton, who has served as our service learning coordinator since the program’s inception in 2009.
Dozens of students have benefited from classes Debbi has taught, including Business writing, Intro to Business, Interpersonal Relations and Small Business Management. Currently her agenda includes teaching Global Citizenship, Intro to Psychology, and Business Communication classes.
A native from Alaska, Debbi has enjoyed success in academics with a B.A. degree in Communications and a Master’s in Organizational Management, including success in the entrepreneurial world in different business ventures.
Now at Broadview University, Debbi emphasizes students giving service in the community as much as possible. A degree in any field is great, and giving service to the community, is going the extra mile. Debbi’s teaching methods are based on a quote by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Last quarter, we had the opportunity to sit in one of Debbi’s classes, as students stood up group by group, and presented the project that they had selected to offer service in. Several students mentioned their feelings before and after their experience in volunteering at the Salvation Army, an animal shelter, and a nonprofit organization that provides medical equipment to countries around the world.
“Debbi is one of the best instructors that I have ever had,” said one of Debbi’s former students. “I attended Global Citizenship under her instruction. She helped me to see things about myself that I had not ever explored and helped me to connect with the world in which we live in a way that demands leadership, courage, and honor. I now have an incredible desire to make a difference.”
“I love working with the students,” Debbi said. “I love watching the students be excited and make a difference in their community and their lives. It gives them experience for them to use to help somebody else.”