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 works with faculty, students, and community partners to extend student learning through rich community service experiences which fulfill course objectives and student learning outcomes for service learning.
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 local and regional community agencies that have worked or hope to work with our office, interested faculty and students.
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.
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Service learning at Lewis University is an experiential pedagogy in which faculty and community partners co-determine structured opportunities for students to meet academic learning outcomes and contribute to goals in community. Service learning experiences are integrated with course materials, activities, and directed reflection that enable students to practice social and civic responsibility while deepening disciplinary knowledge and skills.
Through Service learning courses, projects, or programs, students will:
The Mission of Lewis University encouraged the concept of service learning. “Lewis promotes the development of the complete person through the pursuit of wisdom and justice. Fundamental to its mission is a spirit of association which fosters community in all teaching, learning, and service.”
Service learning promotes the Lewis Mission: Service learning compels our students to explore academic objectives (knowledge), learn life lessons from their experiences with the communities they serve (wisdom), and express their faith through service (fidelity). Service learning also promotes a community of caring among our students who work as a team on their projects and among the faculty and staff who facilitate their projects (association). Together faculty staff and students through service learning work to promote justice.
The Office of Service Learning at Lewis University promotes the common good through the development of academic opportunities to apply learning by meeting real-world needs. In collaboration with community agencies and faculty members, students engage with the community through service, explore realities of justice and injustice, and are transformed by reflecting on their experiences in light of course and program objectives.
Service learning, a recognized component of educational excellence, is part of the scholarly culture of Lewis University. Through the experience of service learning, students engage with the community through service explore realities of justice and injustice, and reflect on their experiences in light of course objectives and resources. Service learning within local, national, and global communities is transformative.
Dr. Christie Billups
Director of Service Learning
Laura Wilmarth Tyna
Community Partner Liaison
Graduate Assistant to the Office of Service Learning
Billups Receives Community Leader Award
Published: May 3, 2016.
Peace Series Highlights the Importance of Mercy
Published: February 8, 2016.
Spring Service Fair Sprouts Community Connections
Published: January 29, 2016.
Lewis University Students Raise Funds for Family Shelter Services
Published: December 8, 2015.
National Voter Registration Day Recruits 150-plus voters at Lewis University
Published: September 25, 2015.
"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..."
"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."
"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."
"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"