Service Learning Snapshot: Fall 2016

199 students & 9 faculty participants; 1,849 hours served; 5 projects completed


Trocaire’s Office of Mission, Ministry and Service would like to share a snapshot of the Trocaire community’s collective service learning experiences from the Fall 2016 semester.

After their experiences, students reflected on their positive service learning experiences by writing reflection papers or participated in structured reflective classroom dialogue. See the full list of service learning community partners here.

“Great job to the students and a special ‘thank you’ to the faculty who facilitated these great experiences,” Coordinator of Service Learning Pam Jablonicky said. “You are the reason for the success of service learning at Trocaire!”

Full participation in service learning was achieved by students enrolled in the following programs:

Nursing students Haley Dannheim and Alicia LaMarca served at the The Salvation Army of Buffalo, NY’s Kid’s Club Program, where they assisted children with tutoring and other after school activities.
Nursing students Haley Dannheim and Alicia LaMarca served at the The Salvation Army of Buffalo, NY’s Kid’s Club Program, where they assisted children with tutoring and other after-school activities.

Hours-based service:
• Nursing: 105 students, 1,712.5 collective hours
• Medical Assisting: 8 students, 120.5 collective hours
• Massage Therapy: 3 students served a total of 16 hours as “part 1” of their service learning requirement, providing free chair massages at the Seneca Babcock Community Center

Project-based service:
• B.S. w/ a major in Nursing: 5 students served at community health fairs, performing BP’s and health screenings, along with community health teaching
• Practical Nursing: 15 students served by participating in the “Living Legacy Memory Book” project at Schiller Park Senior Center. Students were partnered with a senior, interviewed them and wrote a biography; the bios were added to a binder and presented to the Center.
• Computer Network Administration/Healthcare Informatics: 4 students ran a drive in their Project Management class (BU300), collecting personal care items for the Buffalo City Mission’s Men’s Welcome Kits. They more than doubled their collection expectations.
• Radiologic Technology: 32 students served at two locations over the Summer ’16 session, providing service at Grace Guest House (helped prepare for their opening) and Seneca Babcock Community Center, where students ran a science-related carnival for both seniors and children

Optional Class-wide Service:
• English 101, Solomon Nelson: 19 students pitched in for a movie night at Jericho Road’s Vive Shelter; students provided popcorn and beverages to go with the airing of Disney’s movie “UP!”
• English 101 – Rebekah Schweizer: 8 students, 85 collective hours