SHU Featured in National Guide to Service Learning
The 2008-2009 edition of the Guide to Service Learning: Colleges and Universities includes Sacred Heart University for the first time among the nation’s top schools promoting volunteerism connected with academic coursework. Other centers of higher education that are featured include Holy Cross and Providence colleges, the University of Scranton and Wesleyan University.
According to Dr. Matthew R. Kenney, the University’s interim director of Campus Ministry, Sacred Heart offers courses in close to 20 majors that either require or allow service in the community as an accredited focus of the class. This might include finance students who assist a non-profit agency in its budgeting and record-keeping process, psychology majors who help out at a center for alcohol- and drug-addicted people, and health science students who volunteer their time at area clinics.
”It’s a win-win situation for everyone concerned,” Dr. Kenney reflected. “Our students are seeing the practical implications of their classroom work while directly contributing to the vitality of the community. A number of students have actually discovered their careers in such a setting. And, of course, the people of Greater Bridgeport are the immediate beneficiaries.
“The mission of Sacred Heart University invites every student and member of the faculty and staff to be proactive in meeting the community’s needs, especially those of the poor. This long-term commitment to education ‘outside the classroom’ is a perfect ‘living out’ of that mission, and we are proud to be recognized as a leader in such efforts.”