Donnelly students participate in service learning

Service Learning

Learning by Doing (Corporal Works of Mercy)

At Donnelly, we believe that learning extends beyond the classroom and into the community. As part of our Service Learning initiative, your instructors will incorporate meaningful service that targets real-world needs. 

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience; teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities.

As part of the Donnelly mission and Strategic Plan, service-learning activities incorporate the corporal works of mercy found in the teachings of Jesus Christ and give students a model of how they should treat all human beings. It is a tradition at Donnelly to host a Day of Service at the beginning of each academic year. During this event, students fulfill our mission by feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and incarcerated, burying and honoring the dead and giving alms to the poor.

Day of Service

Student Learning Outcome: Students will have the ability to connect academic inquiry to actions that will improve society and serve the community. 

Service Learning courses offered:

  • AS 101 First Year Experience
  • SF 099 Success First Accelerated Reading & Writing
  • EN 204 Environmental Ethics
  • SC 204 Environmental Ethics
  • SC 105 Environmental Science
  • EN 203 Topics in Literature


Service Learning Graduation Cord: Students can achieve a Service Learning graduation cord if they complete and pass four Service Learning (SL) designation courses.

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Joe Multhauf

Assistant Professor | Biology

Educational Background:  BS, Cardinal Newman College, 1983  MA, University ...

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Gretchen Moffet

Director of Humanities | Associate Professor

Educational Background:  BS, University of Kansas, 1990 MS, Kansas State Univers...

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Ana Maradiaga

Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Assistant Professor