Join us for a Celebration of Service
Soaring with Service will showcase ways you can make the most of your service experience & recognize amazing students who have already reached their service-learning graduation requirement.
Please join us at 10:00am for our virtual Soaring with Service event celebration.
- Opening from Justin Fitzgerald, Director of Community Engagement from the Office of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement.
- Hear from our inspiring guest speakers: FGCU Student & Newman Civic Fellow - Autumn Crosley, Alum - Deion Jones, Professor - Roberto Gracia, Talent Search Coordinator - Dakendo Michel and Quality Life Center Community Organizer - Chantel Rhodes.
- Award Announcements from Jessi Drummond, Coordinator of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement.
Congratulations to the following current students who have accomplished the most service-learning hours.
A complete list of students who have accomplished their service-learning hours can
be accessed here.
Marlee Rhea (Freshmen)
Marlee completed 92.5 service-learning hours.
“Marlee Rhea is a Sport Management major, she has served mainly with FGCU Athletics, and The Office of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement sponsored days like Week of Welcome & Make A Difference Day! She loves serving her school and community because serving others is such a fulfilling experience. To her, service is a two-way street; knowing that she is doing her part in bettering the lives of people around her has had such a positive impact on her life as well. She is always gaining new knowledge and experiences, and it is always so rewarding to have taken part in something bigger than herself.”
Marina Sciancalepore (First-Time in College Student)
Marina completed 211 service-learning hours.
"Marina Sciancalepore is a Health Science major with a Chemistry minor here at FGCU. During her time as an eagle so far, I’ve had the opportunity to serve alongside the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lovers Key State Park, and as a member of the Zuni Pueblo course. As a volunteer and Community One Walk Chair for JDRF I was able to learn more about Type One Diabetes and what is currently being done to advocate for those living with the chronic condition. Whereas, going to the Zuni Pueblo with Dr. Giambo and the honors Zuni Pueblo course over spring break exposed me to the incredible culture and lifestyle associated with Zuni. Serving has been an integral part of my college education and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Samantha Romero (Sophomores)
Samantha completed 255 hours of service-learning.
“Samantha Romero is a Journalism major and Interdisciplinary Studies minor at FGCU. Community service is incredibly important to her, and she is so glad to be able to complete her service-learning through Eagle Media. Eagle Media is a student media group dedicated to providing an inclusive representation of campus life for students and representing the diverse voices at FGCU. It is a resource for students to obtain information and express themselves and engage with the campus community. Service-Learning benefits the community by providing resources to have a lasting impact, and in turn, acquire life skills and knowledge. She is honored to have the opportunity to share her vision of FGCU through her own lens of service!”
Sofia Ivanov (Junior)
Sofia completed 644 hours of service-learning.
“ Sofia Ivanov is a Marketing major with a minor in Spanish. She completed her service-learning hours at the Humane Society of Naples (HSN), and she have been volunteering there for two years. As a volunteer trainer, she give the dogs the training they need and all the love she can. She loves to serve at HSN because she get to help dogs who come in and are scared and confused and help them begin to trust people again. According to Sofia, There is nothing more rewarding than seeing these dogs make incredible progress in training, opening-up to people, and finally walking out the shelter with their new forever family.”
Daniel Kohl-Fink (Senior)
Daniel completed 833 hours of service-learning.
“Daniel Kohl-Fink is a Senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation this year he hope to go to medical school and fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor! Since as long as he can remember he have always been really interested in helping and giving back to the community. His mom had always made it a point to take his siblings and him to go help and give back to the local community since they were kids, they would go during all the holidays and help at fundraisers raising money or meals for families who couldn't afford it. Since he has been at FGCU, he has strived to give back to the community in as many ways as possible. From being a freshman and being a founding father of a leadership fraternity on campus, to helping in the collection of unrecyclable plastics to make Eco bricks in order to build sustainable furniture for our FGCU Food Forest. But more recently he has been shadowing different doctors in hopes of one day being one too and coaching a local U19 Soccer Showcase team.”
Service-Learning & Civic Engagement.
Want to know more about how to get connected to community partners, how to document and track service-learning hours and all that our office offers?
Learn about the current Service-Learning Opportunities on our Eagle Link Page:
Award Winners for service that aligns to the
United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.