"To be just, it is not enough to refrain from injustice. We must cultivate a firm resolve to be agents of change in society; not merely resisting unjust structures and arrangements, but actively undertaking to reform them." Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

February 1, 2021
Join us on Tuesday, February 2 at 4:00 pm for the virtual Celebration of Service Awards ceremony for the opportunity to recognize the following 2021 award recipients who have shown a demonstrated commitment to service and social justice: 

  • 2021 Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Community Service: Mark Waner, Ph.D., Chemistry Department 
  • 2021 Staff Community Service Award: Salo Rodezno, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2021 George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service: Caitlin Drake '22
  • 2021 George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service: Katy Zoller '23

The Celebration of Service Awards Ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube HERE:

The Celebration of Service Ceremony will also be on CSSA's Instagram Live tomorrow! Tune in at 4pm to see the ceremony!

Congratulations to all of our recipients, and we hope to see you virtually to celebrate! 
LAST CALL to Register for Voluntary Weekly Service!
We have extended the deadline to register for Voluntary Weekly Service to tomorrow, Tuesday, February 1 at 9:00 pm. Register now on GivePulse!

Weekly service is a great way to get involved, meet new people and make a difference! Students tell us it is often the highlight of their week! Weekly service is a ten-week commitment over the semester. Explore a variety of available opportunities HERE. Engage in a wide range of activities serving children, youth, senior citizens, people experiencing homelessness, refugees, people with disabilities, and more.

Current openings include:
Spring 2021 Virtual Service begins on Saturday, February 6.

We're here to help! Email service@jcu.edu, call CSSA (216) 397 - 4698 for more information and if you have any difficulties registering.
Volunteers Needed!
Be a Part of CSSA's Online Lobo Learning Lab
As part of CSSA's virtual weekly service opportunities this semester, we are engaging with our community partners through our JCU Lobo Learning Lab, an after-school virtual hub for learning adventures & creative engagement for students grades K-12. The Lobo Learning Lab is a space for children to experience exciting and educational virtual after-school programming led by JCU students. JCU students will be developing engaging lesson plans and activities each week to keep children engaged and connected. Lend your time and creativity to this unique opportunity!

We are looking for JCU students to be weekly Lobo Learning Lab volunteer participants. Connect with, tutor, and engage with K-12 students in this weekly service opportunity! Grab a friend and be Lobo Lab leaders!

Spots that need filled:

How to Register for Service:
To browse and register for voluntary service opportunities on Wednesday, follow the instructions below.

To explore and register for a weekly service opportunity, Explore GivePulse HERE

  1. Login with your JCU username and password
  2. Scroll through the Event Calendar to see the various opportunities to choose from
  3. Click on an activity to learn more (open activities appear in blue)
  4. To secure your spot, click Register -- Continue -- and Finish
  5. You will receive an email from GivePulse confirming your service registration details.

Having trouble registering and searching in GivePulse?
Contact us at service@jcu.edu or stop by one of our Service Advising Cafes!
Registered Students,
Check Your Service Requirements!
Are you in a service-learning course this semester? Did you recently register for service? Make sure to check your JCU email to find out how to complete your service requirements. You received an email with details and instructions when you registered on GivePulse.

Pre-Service Workshop -  All students doing virtual service at JCU who DID NOT attend a Pre-Service Workshop In the fall must register for a Workshop during the week of February 1-4. Click HERE to register.

Still have questions? Email service@jcu.edu or call Amy at 216.397.4698
Mark your calendars for Ignatian Heritage Week from January 31-February 5, 2021! The Office of Mission and Identity invites you to join the JCU community in celebrating Ignatian Heritage Week, January 31-February 5, 2021. We celebrate by “Understanding the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) of the Society of Jesus.”. All the events of Ignatian Heritage Week 2021 will be virtual this year except for Masses. Some events you may consider attending are listed below.

  • Monday, February 1 at 3 and 7 pm: Information Sessions on Ignatian Spirituality
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 4 pm: Celebration Service Awards Ceremony
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 7 pm: Lecture for IWH and Black History Month
  • Thursday, February 4 at 12:30 pm: Sustainability and Fair Trade Updates
  • Thursday, February 4 at 3 pm: Gratitude and Advocacy Project
  • Mission Scavenger Hunt (Throughout week. Concludes Friday at 12:30)

Registration is required for these events. To see the full schedule for the week and to register, click HERE.
Educating for What?
Liberal Arts in a Pre-Professional World Lecture
Attend a lecture hosted by CSSA and The Center for Service and Social Action, Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, Ed.D. and Edward Hahnenberg, Ph.D., Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology!

  • Keynote SpeakerDr. Anna Moreland, Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University.

  • Panelists:
  • Dr. Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at John Carroll
  • Dr. Alan Miciak, John M. Boler Dean of the Boler College of Business at John Carroll.

  • Q & A will engage the audience.

We hope you can join us online 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 
7:00 - 8:15 pm

This lecture is part of a national series on Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought co-organized by Bernard Prusak, King’s College (PA), and Jennifer Reed-Bouley, College of Saint Mary (NE), and is a work-in-progress that will appear as a chapter in the forthcoming volume Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought: Critical-Constructive Essays, ed. Bernard G. Prusak and Jennifer Reed-Bouley (New York: Paulist Press, 2022).
Attend the IMPACT Conference
The IMPACT Conference is the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. JCU has sent a team to the conference for the last 5 years. This year the conference is virtual and free! The Conference will be held from March 4-6, 2021. If you'd like to attend as part of the JCU team, contact Heather in CSSA: hcraigie@jcu.edu. 

More info on the IMPACT Conference can be found HERE.  
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Follow us on social media to get the latest news from CSSA, learn about upcoming opportunities, find ways to stay connected and engaged, read posts by featured students, and learn about all of the great things happening in the Center for Service and Social Action! We post frequent updates daily, so be sure to stay tuned in!

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Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from Madelene Lussier , a sophomore Biology major and Spanish and Chemistry minor from Mars, PA! Madelene has served with St. Francis After School Math Tutoring, St. Martin de Porres After School Credit Recovery, Esperazna ESL tutoring, and the Saturday Tutoring Program.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
"Always stay humble and kind."

As a second semester sophomore, many would say much of my college experience has been stripped away by the coronavirus pandemic; I learned fully remote for the second half of my freshmen year and the first half of my sophomore year. However, I tend to chafe against the expectation that I learned nothing or that nothing good came out of my two semesters online. During the time I spent at home, I deepened friendships and learned the importance of reaching out to others, regardless of distance.

If you had asked me during my senior year of high school what my life would look like now, I could never have imagined such a reality. Not only am I living through a global pandemic, but I have grown more as a person than I ever believed possible. Although I completed many hours of community service while growing up, those experiences never allowed me to build relationships with people from all walks of life as my service placements at John Carroll have.

One such experience that has radically changed the person I am, was the semester I spent tutoring Spanish English as a Second Language to students through Esperanza Inc. Esperanza was a placement I was hesitant to agree to, even though I have taken six years of Spanish, but my fears were unwarranted. The individuals I tutored through the program taught me about patience, strength, and motivation beyond what I ever thought was possible. Those individuals inspired me to continue learning Spanish, as I recently declared it my minor and also gave me the confidence to chase my dreams of becoming a Physician’s Assistant because I want to continue helping people beyond my time as a college student.

My ultimate goal in life is to leave this world a better place than I found it, even if it means helping one person at a time. Before becoming to John Carroll, I had no idea what my future career would look like, but my many service placements, especially Esperanza, have inspired me to pursue a career in health services. My experiences through the Center for Service and Social Action thus far have emboldened me to pursue new opportunities, regardless of how daunting they may seem. I will forever be grateful to John Carroll and CSSA because, without them, I would certainly not be the person I am today.
January 31-February 5 .... Ignatian Heritage Week
February 1-5 .... Pre-Service Workshops and Orientations
Tuesday, February 2 .... Virtual Celebration of Service Awards Ceremony | 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 6 .... First Day of Spring 2021 Service
Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, Ed.D  | Director |   kfeely@jcu.edu   | 216.397.1966
Heather Craigie | Assistant Director, Student Development & Logistics|hcraigie@jcu.edu |216.397.6233
John Jackson  | Assistant Director, Community Partnerships | jnjackson@jcu.edu  |  216.397.1662
Carolina Kane |  Marketing Specialist |  cxkane@jcu.edu | 216.397.2024
Amy Bartter  |  Administrative Assistant |  abartter@jcu.edu  |  216.397.4698
Blake Yoho '22G  | Graduate Assistant |  byoho22@jcu.edu | 216.397.6283
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