Service Learning


Welcome to the site for the Office of Service Learning at Lewis University.

Service Learning is deeply embedded in the Lewis University Mission. The Office of Service Learning (OSL) strives to build connections with and contribute to our local and global communities through service learning. The OSL staff also hopes to work with faculty to extend student learning through rich community service experiences which fulfill course objectives.

Through these web pages, we hope to offer insight into our programming as well as possible resources for enhancing understanding of service learning.

As the Office continues to grow, our goal is to provide faculty with varied and effective resources to support course revision and development. We will also continue to build community partnerships and increase our listings of community agencies that have worked with us or hope to do so.

Your input, suggestions and comments are immensely helpful to us as we try to make our Office an asset to Faculty, Students, Staff, and Community Partners alike. Please feel free to contact us and let us know how we might better serve you through this website and beyond.

Christie Billups, D.Min.


Christie Billups, D.Min.
Coordinator of Service Learning

Office of Service Learning
Leckrone Academic Resource Center
(815) 836-5829

Introduction from the New 2013/2014 AmeriCorps VISTA

Settling into my new position at Lewis University, exploring various buildings and learning about academic programs and social aspects of the college, I could not help but think, “Wow, where was Lewis when I was looking for colleges to attend?” My alma mater was an exceptional school that provided me with the necessary tools to perform well in order to reach my future goals, however I was struck by Lewis University’s unique charm. The vibrant faculty and staff, beautiful campus, and Lasallian traditions are part of the many characteristics of Lewis that stood out as special qualities of the campus. Walking into this warm embrace, I have been deeply energized for the task to come and have realized how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to be a part of the Lewis family.

I am very excited to get firsthand experience with Service Learning. I have dabbled in various community service opportunities at my alma mater, understanding the civic responsibility one has to reach out to communities, however it was never used as a tool to enrich academic learning. The fundamental principles that surround the Service Learning experience are concepts I wish I had access to as an undergrad. I truly love the Service Learning mindset; learning course content through experiences that delve deep into addressing real community needs. Hopefully many students will seek out Service Learning courses and experience this transformative method that can potentially lead to greater social responsibility and a lifelong passion for using knowledge and skills to contribute to their communities.

I have chosen a year of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA because I believe that inner transformation comes out of passionate community engagement and I want to continue to serve people in need for the rest of my life. In addition to my Service Learning responsibilities, I will also help improve the services provided to veterans and military families, students from low-income backgrounds, and first-generation college students. The diverse roles within my position provide great opportunities for me to make an impact among many areas at Lewis University. Please feel free to contact us, by phone, email, or Facebook, to let us know how we might better serve you through this website and beyond.

Emilee Studley


Emilee Studley
Assistant to the Office of Service Learning
(815) 836-5023


Service Learning at Lewis.

Measure Your Year in Love- Heart Haven OutReach Volunteer Appreciation Video.

Promoting Transformation Through Service Learning Pedagogy: May Institute 2014 Presentation.

Students Voice Their Experiences

  • Service Learning

    Erin Cox

    Forest Preserve District of Will County (State and Local Government)

    "Personally, the sense of community that I felt each time I participated in the [service learning portion] is stronger than any other I’ve experienced. I was naturally apprehensive to mingle with the already-close volunteer group, but I was quickly welcomed into this elite group of dedicated volunteers…Each volunteer has such a pure and genuine passion for making a different, and the diversity in demographic was really quite refreshing to see..."

  • Service Learning

    Alec Koczka

    Kane County Forest Preserve (State and Local Government)

    "Doing this service learning project has taken me on an interesting path. It has made me a better, more appreciative person for the environment. The next time we are just sitting on the couch or texting bored out of our minds start thinking what could we do to become civically engaged. Our opportunity is waiting, get motivated and get into your community."

  • Carolyn Micetic

    Warren-Sharpe Community Center (Public Relations)

    "My service learning class this semester at Lewis was beyond amazing. I worked with a community center in Joliet. I learned so much about what having a real PR job is actually like. The real world experiences taught me way more than any other class I have had before. The part I liked the most was being able to help the community center with my knowledge of PR. I would highly recommend a service learning class to anyone who hasn't had one before."

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    Nicole Krage

    Addison Community Switchboard (Public Relations)

    "The service learning component was such a great experience because not only was I able to strengthen my PR skills, but I did that while working with an organization that does great things for its community. It's nice to know that the work I did and the tools I created really matter. It was a wonderful opportunity to make a difference"