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 2018

    College of Arts and Sciences:

    ART 122: Intro to Photography –
    Heidi Reuter (United Way)

    COM 103(sections 1&2): Fundamentals of Speech -
    Sue Guay (2 sections) (

    COM 240: Public Relations –
    Dr. Jodi Radosh (online pilot) (Fight Like A Warrior & assorted student chosen nonprofits)

    COM 352: Video Production –
    Zachary DeWever (Opportunity House)

    COM 330: New and Feature Writing -
    Sue Guay ( & Berks County Home Builders Association)

    COM 342: Social Media Marketing –
    Dr. Jodi Radosh (Reading Pops Orchestra)

    PSY 208 (section 1): Human Development Across the Lifespan -
    Dr. Ana Ruiz (Milmont After-School Program & Foster Grandparents Program)

    College of Professional Programs:

    AT 445 Senior Capstone I -
    Dr. Kim Stoudt (Tyson-Schoener After-School Program)

    BUS 332: Operations Management -
    Dr. Kathleen Nevel (SCORE and Berks Catholic Business Program)

    SPE 110 (section 1): Introduction to Exceptionalities in Children and Youth -
    Lucinda Susan Schaeffer (Unending Promise & John Paul II Center for Special Learning)

    DPT 804: Advanced Neuroscience –
    Dr. Marcia Thompson (Tower Health System)

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