The Office of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement has a new location on campus:
McTarnaghan Hall, Suite 229.
Safety is a priority when engaging in experiential learning opportunities. Due to the ongoing pandemic and before engaging in service-learning, we require students read the following COVID-19 safety statement. Students enrolled in service-learning courses will also be asked to acknowledge this statement in their course. For the most updated university information please see the FGCU Coronavirus Updates page.
Service-Learning & Civic Engagement staff remain available to assist via phone, email, or to meet individually as needed by appointment via phone or video chat during regular business hours. Please contact us at email@example.com for assistance.
If you are searching for service-learning opportunities, please find resources and our current list of opportunities in Eagle Link by clicking the button below. This Eagle Link page is updated frequently with new opportunities, so check back often. Be sure to follow the instructions listed under each opportunity to RSVP and to confirm with each community partner that the details of the opportunity are still current.
If you don't see virtual opportunities listed under "Events" that align with your abilities or passions, additional ideas for virtual opportunities can be found here.
Excellence in Civic Engagement Awardees
Congratulations to our Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 stole recipients for the Excellence in Civic Engagement award! For Spring 2020: Evelyn Pacheco (Criminal Justice), Karla Moreno-Perez (Forensic Science), Luisa Rodriguez (Biology), Natalie Colwell (Public Health), Rachel Stewart (Biology), Stephen Vale (Psychology). For Summer 2020: Chelsea Caneel (Music Therapy). For Fall 2020: Estelle Ayomen (Biology & Psychology) and Daniel Kohl-Fink (Biology). These students exceeded 200/400 hours of service-learning with a combined total of 6970 hours of service in the SWFL community! #eagleslovetoserve
When Natalie, a Public Health major, aged out of the traditional camp program she began serving as a counselor at the camp that meant so much to her, Camp Boggy Creek. Natalie served over 1,000 hours working with the teens on leadership skills, team work, and self-confidence. She encouraged her campers to love themselves and to never let anyone stop them from being who they are.
Karla, a first-generation Cuban-American double majored in Forensic Science and Forensic Studies. She has served locally and abroad. "Reflecting back on the many communities I have served, the lessons learned from each, and the stories of all whom I’ve encountered throughout my years has helped me realize that I will never stop serving others, no matter what the capacity may be."
Evelyn, also known as Eve, is a first-generation student who believes she has exceeded the expectations that society has placed on her. She is a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Spanish. Eve feels that commitment to service and civic engagement are done by giving love and sacrifice to one's community. She promises she will continue to serve long into the future.
Luisa is a Biology major who first got involved with service through an Honors Foundations of Civic Engagement course. From there Luisa took initiative and founded Project Ciclovia where she led a group of students in serving the Immokalee community by providing free medical services for the adults and educational games for the children. She hopes that other students follow in her footsteps and uplift their own communities through service.
Rachel is a Biology major who took the reins of Be-A-Buddy, a program aimed at connecting the special needs community with the local SWFL community by bringing special needs students from a local high school on field trips each semester. Be-A-Buddy soon became more than just field trips; it became about connection, growth, and meaningful community engagement. “Be-A-Buddy is about love, kindness, having fun, and creating lifelong friendships with people no matter how different they are from you.”
Stephen is a Psychology major and through his commitment to service and civic engagement, has assisted Habitat for Humanity, Special Equestrians, and Naples Community Hospital. Stephen has worked to help combat unequal housing, help to provide affordable treatment options for disabled children, and has confronted healthcare and sustainability issues within the community. His commitment to service and lifelong learning have guided him to his future career path in pediatric neurology.
As a Music Therapy major, Chelsea partnered with Thrive Community Church to bring love, joy, and impact to the SWFL region. She played the piano in church every Sunday during her time at FGCU and became a mentor for young students coming into the university. Chelsea also spent time with the elderly, playing guitar and singing to those in assisted and independent living facilities, hospice, nursing homes, and even private homes. Chelsea helped target and solve social issues with an enthusiastic and positive attitude. She attributes her accomplishments to the outstanding Office of Service-Learning for encouraging her to partner and serve with a local agency in need. Chelsea firmly believes that serving with Thrive over the course of her time at FGCU changed her life for the better and she looks forward to continuing to serve in the future wherever she goes next.
Estelle studied Biology and Psychology, and apart from STEM was actively involved in music at FGCU and in the community. She began singing in community choirs her freshman year, adding leadership roles with the Ft. Myers Symphonic Mastersingers as the years went on. Through the Mastersingers she designed a presentation on the science of music to go along with their concert for the Edison Festival of Light. Through her involvement in several community choirs, she learned that the existence of music and the arts has the power to deeply connect a community, transcending all differences. Estelle has also volunteered with the New Horizons of SWFL, an organization special to her because it values the importance of giving time to youth in the community. Here she volunteered to empower students through academic guidance for those who may not receive that in school or at home. While she taught the students topics in math and science, they taught her the value of people, of community, and the long-lasting impact people can have on one another. Estelle vows to continue sharing her passions with the community and to work to make a positive impact on the lives of her community neighbors.”
Daniel majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation he hopes to go to medical school and fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor! For as long as he can remember he has always been interested in helping and giving back to the community. His mom always made it a point to take him and his siblings to 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 becoming 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 most recently he has been shadowing different doctors in hopes of one day being one and coaching a local U19 Soccer Showcase team.
Excellence in Civic Engagement Stole
The Excellence in Civic Engagement stole is awarded to up to 10 graduating seniors each semester for distinguished engagement and service to the community. Honorees are recognized at a special ceremony prior to graduation so that they may proudly wear their stoles with their caps and gowns during commencement.
At this time, students may submit all application materials in digital form to the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spring 2021 deadline for applications is Friday, April 9, by 5pm. All correspondence with applicants will be made through Eagle Mail.
To help student applicants understand how the finalists are selected, please see the sample rubric criteria used by past Selection Committees for evaluating Excellence in Civic Engagement award applications.
Take your learning to a deeper level
By tying classroom knowledge to firsthand experience of the impact of service, you’ll enrich your understanding of your chosen field and begin a lifetime of making a difference in your community.
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Community Engagement Day celebrates service
Every spring, FGCU recognizes the outstanding service achievements of individuals and groups during Community Engagement Day at Alico Arena. This annual tradition represents an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to showcase projects from the current academic year that demonstrate extraordinary impact on the lives of community members.
As part of the celebration, a panel of judges confers awards to exceptional engagement efforts. To ensure your project is considered for recognition, it’s important to collect documentation such as photos and statistics that verify the impact of your service. Follow our social media to stay in the loop regarding nomination details and deadlines.
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