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Service-Learning

Service to others is deeply embedded in Alvernia University’s Franciscan heritage and remains an important part of our educational mission today. Our goal is to develop not just educated citizens, but engaged citizens actively involved in work to better their communities and the larger world.

We work to meet that goal in a variety of ways. As an Alvernia student, you'll have opportunities to get involved in service projects with our community-based partner organizations, which operate food banks, run mentoring programs, improve the environment, promote social justice, and support other important causes.

Alvernia embraces service learning for what it does for others and for what it can do for you as a student. Projects help you draw meaningful connections between classroom learning and the world beyond the campus. And most importantly, service learning will help you understand your role as a responsible citizen in a complex world.

Definition

Service-Learning is a pedagogy of community-informed scholarship, reflective thought, and civic responsibility that promotes intentional learning, provides experiential knowledge, and fulfills community-defined needs.

Objectives

  • Service-learning is embedded in credit-bearing courses and requires educational objectives that are fundamentally integrated with community-driven initiatives.
  • Service-learning intentionally combines service with academics in activities that change both the recipient, the provider of the service, and the community at large.
  • Service-learning is accomplished through collaborative and structured opportunities that demonstrate the Alvernia Franciscan mission of "knowledge joined with love".
  • Service-learning involves critical reflection, personal discovery, and a harmony of values for life, skills for the workplace, and multi-disciplinary expertise.

Service-Learning Classes at Alvernia University

Fall 2014 Service-Learning Courses

  • BUS 444: Marketing Research Seminar - Dr. Sam Bradley
  • COM 290: Social Media Marketing - Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • COM 330: News and Feature Writing - Sue Guay
  • OT 517-01: Advanced Intervention - Dr. Karen Cameron
  • SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I - Dr. Christine Poteau

 

Spring 2014 Service-Learning Courses

  • BUS 304: Federal Taxation - Mary Ellen Wells
  • BUS 434: Marketing Management - Dr. Sam Bradley
  • COM 103(04): Fundamentals of Speech - Mike Kramer
  • COM 270(01): ESL for Teachers - Mike Kramer
  • COM 344(01): Writing for the Workplace - Sue Guay
  • NUR 312(01): Transcultural Nursing - Dr. Terri Adams
  • NUR 312(02): Transcultural Nursing - Dr. Terri Adams
  • PHI 290: Special Topics - Environmental Philosophy - Dr. Josh Hayes

Fall 2013 Service-Learning Courses

  • BUS 444: Marketing Research Seminar - Dr. Samuel Bradley
  • COM 213: Interpersonal Communication - Sue Guay
  • COM 251(01/02): Broadcasting and Electronic Media - Dr. Nathan Thomas
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Mike Kramer
  • PSY 408: Senior Seminar - Dr. Erin Way
  • PSY 412(01): Practicum I - Dr. Judy Warchal
  • PSY 412(02): Practicum I - Dr. Elizabeth Matteo
  • PSY 422(01): Practicum I Seminar - Dr. Judy Warchal
  • PSY 422(02): Practicum I Seminar - Dr. Elizabeth Matteo
  • SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I - Dr. Christine Poteau

Spring 2013 Service-Learning Courses

  • BUS 304-01: Federal Taxation - Mary Ellen Wells
  • COL 019: Success 360 - Wanda Copeland
  • COM 103: Fundamentals of Speech - Mike Kramer
  • COM 220: Special Event Planning - Ryan Beltz
  • COM 234: Intercultural Communications - Sue Guay
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Mike Kramer
  • COM 344(01): Writing for the Workplace - Sue Guay
  • HNR 260: Bilingual Communities - Dr. Christine Poteau
  • NUR 312: Transcultural Nursing - Dr. Terri Adams (2 sections)
  • NUR 403: Health Restoration/Aging Population - Mary Ann Durant
  • NUR 405: Health Promotion in Families & Communities (Day Course) - Mary Ann Durant
  • NUR 405: Health Promotion in Families & Communities (Evening Course) - Vera Brancato
  • OT 322: Adapting and Grading with Low Technology - Dr. Karen Cameron
  • PHI 250: Feminist and Gender Theory - Dr. Janae Sholtz
  • PSY 320: Research Methods in Psychology - Dr. Erin Way
  • PSY 413/423: Practicum II/Practicum II Seminar - Dr. Judy Warchal
  • SPE 100: Overview of Human Exceptionalities - Dr. Anne Marie Licata
  • THE 290: Ethical Treatment of Animals - Dr. Donna Yarri
  • LAS 508: Leadership for Sustainable Communities - Dr. Alicia Sprow & Dr. Spence Stober

Fall 2012 Service-Learning Courses

  • BIO 203: Environmental Issues - Kris Bompadre & Jim Klucsarits
  • BIO 216: Nutrition & Diet Therapy - Diane Kraft (4 sections)
  • BUS 444: Marketing Research Seminar - Dr. Samuel Bradley
  • COM 352: Video Production - Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Michael Kramer
  • ED 200: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education - Dr. Ann Marie Licata
  • ED 300: Teaching Science in the Elementary Schools - Dr. Joseph Elder
  • ED 403: Reading Methods Elementary Inclusive Classroom - Dr. Kathleen Muzevich
  • NUR 403: Health Restoration in the Aging Population - Mary Ann Durant (2 sections)
  • NUR 405: Health Promotion in Families & Communities - Dr. Vera Brancato
  • NUR 412: Family/Community Nursing - Connie Twyman (2 sections)
  • PSY 412/422: Practicum I/Practicum 1 Seminar - Dr. Judith Warchal
  • PSY 412/422: Practicum I/Practicum 1 Seminar - Sister Patrice Klausing
  • SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish 1 - Dr. Christine Poteau
  • MBA 570: Marketing Research Seminar - Dr. Samuel Bradley
  • MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar - Dr. Scott Ballantyne

Spring 2012 Service-Learning Courses

  • BUS 208: Sales and Sales Management – Travis Berger
  • COL 019: Sucess 360 - Wanda Copeland
  • COM 103: Fundamentals of Speech - Michael Kramer
  • COM 240: Public Relations – Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers – Michael Kramer
  • ED 402: Professional Seminar – Dr. Kathleen Muzevich
  • NUR 312: Transcultural Nursing (2 sections) – Theresa Adams
  • OT 332:  Adapting and Grading with Low Technology – Karen Cameron
  • PSY 413/423: Practicum II/Practicum II Seminar – Dr. Judith Warchal
  • SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I - Roxana Delbene
  • SPE 100: Overview of Human Exceptionalities – Robert Reese
  • SW 304: Human Behavior/Social Environment II - Dr. Susan McDonald
  • SW 402: Social Work Practice IV Capstone - Dr. Susan McDonald
  • THR 134: Broadway Show Dance  - Jessica Warchal-King
  • MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar - Dr. Scott Ballantyne

Fall 2011 Service-Learning Courses

  • COM 251: Broadcasting and Electronic Media - Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Michael Kramer
  • NUR 412: Family/Community Nursing - Connie Twyman (2 sections)
  • OT 403: Intervention III: Play, Leisure, Sleep, & Well - Dr. Karen Cameron
  • PSY 412/422: Practicum I/Practicum I Seminar - Dr. Judith Warchal
  • SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I - Roxana Delbene
  • SW 303: Human Behavior in the Social Environment - Dr. Susan McDonald
  • THR 190: Dance Appreciation - Jessica Warchal-King
  • MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar - Dr. Scott Ballantyne

Spring 2011 Service-Learning Courses

  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Michael Kramer
  • COM 340: Advertising Workshop - Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • NUR 312: Transcultural Nursing - Theresa Adams (2 sections)
  • OT 306: Analysis of Occupation II - Dr. Neil Penny & Dr. Karen Cameron
  • PSY 208.02: Human Development Across the Lifespan - Dr. Elizabeth Matteo *Pilot
  • PSY 413/423: Practicum II/Practicum II Seminar - Dr. Judith Warchal
  • SW 231: Cultural Sensitive Human Services Practicum - Dr. Joan Lewis
  • SW 402: Social Work Practice IV Capstone - Dr. Susan McDonald
  • LAS 670: Seminar with Supervised Field Experience in Community Service - Dr. Carrie Fitzpatrick
  • MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar - Dr. Scott Ballantyne

Fall 2010 Service-Learning Courses

  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Michael Kramer
  • COM 352: Video Production - Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • NUR 202: Foundations of Professional Nursing Lab 1 (component) - Dr. Deborah Greenawald
  • NUR 412: Family/Community Nursing - Connie Twyman
  • PSY 412/422: Practicum I/Practicum I Seminar - Dr. Judith Warchal
  • SW 211: Intervention Strategies for Families - Stuart Horowitz
  • SW 401: Social Work Practice III - Dr. Susan McDonald
  • THE 290: Special Topics: Santo Domingo - Scott Davidson
  • MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar - Dr. Scott Ballantyne (2 sections)

Spring 2010 Service-Learning Courses

  • COM 240: Public Relations & Advertising - Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Michael Kramer
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers (Schuylkill Campus) - Karen Moran
  • COM 290: Special Topics: Event Planning - Dr. Carrie Fitzpatrick, Sue Guay, & Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • ED 313: Managing Classroom Learning Communities
  • NUR 312: Transcultural Nursing - Theresa Adams
  • OT 306: Analysis of Occupation II - Dr. Neil Penny
  • PED 304: Wellness for Life - Dr. Tom Porrazzo
  • PSY 320: Research Methods - Dr. Elizabeth Matteo
  • PSY 413/423: Practicum II /Practicum II Seminar - Dr. Judith Warchal
  • SPE 100: Introduction to Exceptionalities in Children & Youth - Dr. Mary Schreiner
  • SW 209: Art of Living with Bereavement - Stuart Horowitz

Fall 2009 Service-Learning Courses

  • COM 251: Broadcasting & Electronic Media - Dr. Jodi Radosh
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers - Michael Kramer
  • NUR 202: Foundations of Professional Nursing Lab 1 (component) - Dr. Deborah Greenawald
  • NUR 412: Family/Community Nursing - Connie Twyman
  • PSY 412/422: Practicum I/Practicum I Seminar - Dr. Judith Warchal
  • SPE 100: Introduction to Exceptionalities in Children and Youth - Dr. Mary Schreiner
  • SW 290: Parenting Styles, Strategies and Resources
  • SW 301: Social Welfare
  • THE 290: Special Topics - Santo Domingo - Scott Davidson
  • LAS 613: Social Justice and Ethics - Jennie Rodriguez
  • MBA 612: School Finance - Dr. Scott Ballantyne

Spring 2009 Service-Learning Courses

  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers (Alvernia main campus)
  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers (Schuylkill campus)
  • COM 340: Advertising Workshop
  • NUR 111: Introduction to Experiential Nursing (component)
  • PSY 390: Research Methods
  • SPE 100: Introduction to Exceptionalities in Children and Youth
  • SW 201: Introduction to Social Work
  • SW 209: Bereavement and Grief
  • MBA 612: School Finance

Fall 2008 Service-Learning Courses

  • COM 270: ESL for Teachers
  • NUR 202: Foundations of Professional Nursing Lab 1 (component)
  • SW 290: Parenting Styles, Strategies and Resources
  • THE 225: Santo-Domingo (cross-listed as SW 347: International Community Development)





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