Designed for Benedictine College staff and faculty members who desire to build a service learning component into the course they are teaching, group they are leading, or project they are sponsoring. Benedictine College students who are interested in serving the needs of the local community are able to request/apply to participate in the service learning seminars offed each semester.
Service learning seminars meet three important factors: impact and improve the quality of life for those living in the local community through service based projects, encourage students to be involved in community and serviced based projects, provide a venue for staff and faculty to conduct research and publish. These seminars will further Benedictine College's ability to improve the quality of life in the local community.
These service learning seminars will be coordinated by faculty, staff, and alumni who are eligible for grants from the Institute to conduct particular projects. Students participation will be volunteer based unless a professor offers a semester project for course credit or the student receives a grant. Faculty and staff who lead service learning seminars will be supported by Institute for Missionary Activity staff who can assist in planning, instructing, serving, and execution of the seminar.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, Benedictine College sponsored several service learning initiatives. The Institute for Missionary Activity will begin offering grants to faculty and staff to conduct service learning seminars through the Institute beginning in August 2012.