Sophomore Service Learning Community

The Sophomore Service Learning Community is an intentional community in which sophomores from all Four Colleges have the opportunity to think and discuss in the residence hall, classroom and in the reflection groups on issues concerning the poor and underserved communities. Second semester freshman year students are selected on the basis of application and interview to live in Alumni Hall.

Students choose from one of five courses in the spring in which the professor has agreed to integrate course work to allow the student to reflect on the lives of the people with whom they serve. Students receive one credit each semester for their participation in a one hour reflection on service and assigned readings.

Fourth Hour Integration Seminar: Weekly one hour and fifteen minutes each week includes, readings, films, journaling and discussion. The purpose of this seminar is to link academics and service experience so as to come to a deeper and more informed understanding of ourselves and the people with whom we serve. "Fourth Hour" is facilitated by professional staff and student leaders.

Students plan Community nights for one another in alumni gym. Celebrate with community partners, host children on campus for activities day and celebrate community at community dinner. Students in the community implement one community action project in the spring on behalf of their community partner.

Prospective Participants

Current Participants

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Alumni Hall

What is Service Learning Community

Service: You will mentor a child or teen, tutor in classroom and after school programs, teach adult literacy, teach in local high schools, and teach Peer Mediation to elementary school children or high school students for 3-4 hours per week.

There are soup kitchen and homeless shelter service sites available.

Learning: You are required to take one course fall and spring semester that are designated for the Sophomore Service Learning Community. You are also required to register for a 1 credit integrating seminar.

Community: You will live with students who share values and desire to serve the poor and examine the causes and structures in society which keep people poor. You will enjoy Community nights, evenings of reflection celebration dinners, orientation in August and January and day of service in September and opportunities to choose some weekends of service.