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 Spring 2019
    College of Arts and Sciences

    ART 122: Digital Photography – Heidi Reuter
    COM 103: Fundamentals of Speech - Sue Guay
    COM 234: Intercultural Communications - Sue Guay (2 sections)
    COM 220: Event Planning - Dr. Jodi Radosh (2 sections)
    COM 340: Advertising Workshop - Dr. Jodi Radosh
    PSY 208: Human Development Across the Lifespan - Dr. Elizabeth Matteo

    College of Professional Programs

    AT 251: Recognition & Evaluation Athletic Injuries II - Dr. Kimberly Stoudt
    BUS 431: Entrepreneurship - Dr. Kathleen Nevel
    NUR 312: Transcultural Nursing - Dr. Tracy Scheirer (2 sections)
    SPE 345: Individuals Requiring Complex Support – Dr. Mary Schreiner

    Service-Learning Course Community Partners 2019
    • Antietam
    • Berks Catholic High School
    • Fight Like A Warrior
    • Foster Grandparents Program
    • Milmont After-School Program
    • Reading Collegiate Scholars
    • Reading Pops
    • Tyson-Schoener After-School 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