About Community Engagement at SFU: Our students, faculty and staff collaborate with the community to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources of the University for the common good. Through community-engaged courses, our faculty encourage students to address societal needs in the community. Our SFUServes Ambassadors program employs students to assist faculty with large community service projects. SFU also sponsors domestic and international service mission trips.
Find community partners and Record service hours at our Google site.
Community Engaged Learning Network
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Nine students under the direction of Master SCUBA Diver Trainers, Nick Weakland and Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald donned wet and dry suits to dive into a portion of Lake Gallitzin practicing their search and rescue skills to remove any trash or unnatural debris polluting the beautiful park.
The following story was published in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Saint Francis Magazine, but its message still resonates with the students, faculty and staff. To "Become That Someone" is a theme that remains relevant today, and every day.
The Story Behind the Motto
Brother Shamus McGrenra T.O.R., a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, will tackle his toughest route in the history of the annual #GoBroShamus Charity Bike Ride.
More about the #GoBroShamus Charity Ride
70-Year-Old Stage 4 Cancer Survivor to Cycle 10 States for Charity
Seven students majoring in Biology, Chemistry and Health Sciences volunteered at the June MOM-n-PA Dental clinic in Erie, PA.
The Saint Francis community held our 4th annual March for Life on Friday, January 27. See photos and news coverage.
4th annual March on Mountain held
On a corner of land on campus, corn stalks tower over a small meadow of basil, and banana trees shadow rows of tomatoes. With sidewalks interweaving between areas of growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and more, the path to Torvian Dining Hall has never been more scenic.
Find out how the garden is providing produce and promise
The Dorothy Day Outreach Center (DDOC) at Saint Francis University has announced new hours, effective immediately, to better serve its clients.
English major Tara Fritz describes herself as a strong feminist, standing up for women and all other marginalized people. Her dedication to social justice is reflected in her academics, extra-curriculars and creative writing, and she got an award to prove it.
Read her story
From mission trips to cardiothoracic surgery, Heather McDanials has words of wisdom to offer the Class of 2016 as the speaker for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.
Read Heather's story
During her time at Saint Francis University, alumna Leah Kessler was heavily involved in clubs and activities. Now, she is spending time on mission trips, serving as a representative for Bausch + Lomb, where she currently works.
Alumni Profile Leah Kessler
Students with a heart for service seem to gravitate to Saint Francis University. Community engagement is deeply embedded in the culture of the institution, and is one of the six transformational experiences identified in the University’s strategic plan…
Our heart for service comes from the lessons that our patron St. Francis of Assisi himself imparted on us. St. Francis taught us that those have been given much are expected to give back.
In 2019-20, our students recorded 29,866 hours of community service, valued at more than $759,492 dollars, according to the Independent Sector. Service is a way of life for our athletes, Greek communities, and every student organization on campus. Many faculty embed service opportunities in course work and in research projects so students can learn academic content by helping others.
Student who record more than 100 hours of service during their undergraduate years are recognized at the
Become that Someone Community Engagement Awards event.
2017-18 & 2018-19 Annual Update
Videos: SFU Serves YouTube
Community-engaged (CE) courses reflect the Carnegie Foundation's tenants of community engagement...the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their large communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. In CE courses, students apply what they are learning in class to meet a community need, guided by their professor and collaborating with a community partner.
Watch videos from CE courses to learn more >
SFUServes Ambassador Program pairs students with faculty who are teaching a community-engaged course or who are responsible for large community service projects. The Ambassadors earn wages, as well as gain valuable organizational and leadership skills by assisting faculty. Current Ambassadors are helping faculty with R.O.C.K., American Sign Language, and Center for Watershed Research & Service, Science Outreach Center, WWII Museum, and Institute for Energy, and the Toy Lending Library. Interested in becoming a SFUServes Ambassador? Contact SFUServes@francis.edu.
Many students choose to spend their spring break serving others, both internationally and domestically. The
HUGS (Helping the Underprivileged by Giving our Service) program welcomes volunteers from all academic disciplines. Health science majors provide medical care and rehabilitation therapy in rural clinics. Spanish minors provide medical translations services. Business majors conduct a micro-lending program.
Science majors restore wetlands and assist at a camp for Bahamian children. Education majors assist at a special needs school. Since 2006, HUGS volunteers have traveled to the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and St. Lucia.
During the academic year, the CCE sponsors weekend trips to Altoona, Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Students help at food pantries, the Humane Society and thrift shops.
The University welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the community, including non-profits, schools and government agencies who have volunteer and internship needs.
Learn more about becoming a member of the Saint Francis University Community Engaged Learning Network. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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