Loyola honored for student service programs

Loyola University New Orleans has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a federal honor bestowed in recognition of students’ meaningful engagement in the community.
This distinction is the highest recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service learning and civic engagement.
During the 2013-14 academic year, 564 students participated in 16,359 service-learning hours. Fifty-four percent of seniors had a service-learning experience during their time at Loyola.
Thirty faculty members taught a service-learning course as well.
In the community-based federal work study program, 27 students worked for 12 nonprofit employers off campus, and 22 students worked in positions on campus that directly benefited the community.

The program allows students to earn federal work study awards, which are a part of their financial aid package, by working at partnering nonprofit agencies in the local community.

Service learning stressed
“Service learning is a tremendously important pedagogical tool,” said Jennifer Jeanfreau, interim director of the Office of Community Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship.

“It is proven to increase student learning and helps students and faculty make valuable connections between academia and the community. Furthermore, in service learning courses, students are not only offered instruction about social justice issues, but they are also given tools to create positive change regarding those issues.”

The Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), a student-led volunteer service and advocacy organization, offers students opportunities for direct service in areas such as rebuilding, hunger and homelessness, tutoring and mentoring and environmentalism.

Planted gardens
Through Green Light Gardens, a new LUCAP initiative, students built backyard vegetable gardens for low- and fixed-income New Orleanians in partnership with Green Light New Orleans.

Additionally, 11 student delegates attended the annual School of the Americas Watch vigil in November at the gates of Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia.

The Office of Mission and Ministry at Loyola also sponsors Spark, which lets first-year students experience various service projects while building lasting relationships with each other.

Spark participants repainted several restrooms and reorganized the first-ever library of KIPP Central City Charter School. They also spent a day of retreat at the Rivers Retreat Center in Covington.

Take the challenge and pledge to serve all year long.www.nationalservice.gov. 

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