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.



  • 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.


Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement
Service-Learning Courses & Community Partners Fall 2019
College of Arts and Sciences

ART 122: Intro to Photography - Heidi Reuter (United Way)
COM 103: Fundamentals of Speech - Sue Guay (FGP)
COM 213: Interpersonal Communication - Sue Guary (BCTV & Berks County Home Builders Assoc.)
COM 290: Health Communications - Dr. Jodi Radosh (Fight Like a Warrior & Concussion Discussion)
COM 342: Social Media Marketing - Dr. Jodi Radosh (Hannah's Hope Ministries/Alvernia University English & Communication Dept)
PSY 208: Human Development Across the Lifespan - Dr. Ana Ruiz (Millmont After School Program, FGP, & Reading Collegiate Scholars)
THE 290: The Ethical Treatment for Animals - Dr. Donna Yari (Humane Society of Berks County)

College of Professional Programs

AT 445: Senior Capstone - Dr. Kim Stoudt (Tyson Schoener After School Program)
BUS 332: Operations Management - Dr. Kathleen Nevel (Berks Catholic High School DECA Business Conference)
SPE 335: Support Neurodiversity and Mental Health - Dr. Mary Schreiner (Unending Promise & John Paul II Center for Special Learning)
DPT 600: International Service Learning – Dr. Robbin Zappin (Multi-disciplinary course taught with OT and includes an international Service Learning Component to Belize)
DPT 604: Health Policy and Issues for Physical Therapy – Dr. Robin Zappin (Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA))
DPT 804: Advanced Neurologic Physical Therapy Practice – Dr. Marcia Thompson (Tower Health Rehab)
OT 423: Occupational Performance IV: Geriatrics - Dr. Judy Schrepfer (Foster Grandparents Program)

Contact Information
Jodi Radosh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Associate Director, Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement
Bus/Com Building, Room 9