"I learned many valuable things from this experience including citizenship, community service and how to work with othe rmembers of a group." ~ Hilbert Student, Fall 2012

Students from Professor Jenelle Kostran's MA 135 Mathematical Applications present information on financial topics to a group at Homespace Corp. 

"I knew I loved my human services classes and professors but now I’m positive this is the right career field for me."
~ Hilbert Student, Fall 2011


What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning ties a student's academic coursework with "real world" situations. Students can see the theories and issues they are discussing in class in a real life setting. In addition to boosting student learning and building awareness of community and social issues, students are exposed to new potential career opportunities and often experience a tremendous amount of personal growth.

Benefits to Students:

Engagement in service-learning has been demonstrated to show positive effects on students':

  • Sense of personal efficacy and personal identity
  • Spiritual growth 
  • Moral development
  • Interpersonal development
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Sense of social responsibility
  • Citizenship skills
  • Commitment to service
  • Community involvement after graduation
  • Academic learning
  • Reduction in stereotyped thinking

(Adapted from:"At A Glance: What We Know about the Effects of Service-Learning on College Students, Faculty, Institutions and Communities, 1993-2000: Third Edition" by Janet S. Eyler, Dwight E. Giles, Jr., Christine M. Stenson, and Charlene J. Gray, August 31, 2001." )

Service-learning will be incorporated into certain courses at the discretion of the professor. When a course does include service- learning, service expectations will be outlined and explained at the beginning of the course. In some classes, students' service placements will be determined by the professor; in other classes, students may be allowed go choose their service sites. It is a good idea for all students to check with their professor and Hilbert's Service Learning Coordinator prior to beginning service activities, especially when students are given the opportunity to choose their own agencies to serve.

Students resources, such as time sheets and evaluations, can be found below. Students are expected to maintain accurate time records and complete evaluations and submit them to their professor or to the Service Learning Coordinator.

There are countless opportunities for students to learn through service to their community. In addition to the academic benefits, a number of local and national scholarships and grants are available for students engaged in service. Check the link below for these opportunities. 

There are also a number of ways students can develop themselves professionally, including through the submission of their reflection exercises or a presentation proposal for a local or national workshop. Hilbert's Service Learning Coordinator will help any student interested in pursuing these opportunities. Please contact Denise Harris at 649-7900 ext. 236, or stop by Franciscan Hall 104.


Hilbert's Service Learning Policy

Service Agreements

 Student Time Sheets

Service-Learning Student Responsibilities

Student Frequently Asked Questions


Opportunities for Students 

 Presentation, publication and funding opportunities (Updated 1/22/13)