Service Learning Stories

In Fall 2019, students in the Organizational Communication service-learning course taught by Dr. Laura Seroka collaborated with Mountain Association, a community development non-profit based in Berea. The service-learning students supported an audit of the organization’s communication and brand, which resulted in re-branding and new communication strategies for the organization. If you would like more information, please click here.

Dr. Michelle Thornton Adler took on the task of incorporating service-learning in a creative way to work around COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols during the fall 2020 semester. For her HHP 362 course, Teaching and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education, students created videos to encourage fun and engaging activity that involve physical movement. The videos were then sent to her community partner, Ashley Hammond who is the Gear Up College & Career Navigator at Berea Community Elementary School. The partnership was creative and successful, according to Ms. Hammond.

“Service-learning has allowed me to create activities and lessons that are interactive, with the “cool” college kids, and it is a wonderful way to show our young ‘pirates’ higher ed opportunities. The partnership between professor Adler’s students and my elementary students has been invaluable. We have a high percentage of students who are from low socioeconomic backgrounds, kids that are being raised by guardians, and it is important for them to visit college campuses, see college students, and build a mentor-like relationship if possible with them. This year has been unique, and I am impressed with how adaptable our lessons have become. Students are utilizing videos and fun challenges. In the future, I would love to have more interactive lessons and extend this partnership to our middle school students. K-12 students need to see and experience ‘college.’ Watching both the HHP students and the elementary students learn has been amazing. Professor Adler and I both want our kids to grow and learn, and service-learning is the ideal way to accomplish that.”