Mercyhurst University

You are here

Service Learning

Service-Learning is both a teaching and learning strategy where meaningful community service is integrated with instruction and reflection to enrich the classroom learning experience. This type of experiential learning teaches civic responsibility and strengthens communities.

At Mercyhurst University, there are a variety of service-learning courses. Some students participate in project-based service-learning where others complete a minimum of 10 hours of service at a non-profit community-based agency. In both cases, the course instructor incorporates the service experience into the class through reflection techniques, discussion, or research papers. The Director of Community Engagement coordinates this program, along with support from the Coordinator of Service-Learning, by working with faculty members from multiple disciplines and over 70 community partners to mobilize more than 400 students in service each semester.

The Service Learning Office has an AmeriCorps VISTA member who helps to coordinate special campus and community-based service projects.  Currently, the VISTA is coordinating a food recovery program that collects food from local businesses and distributes it to nonprofits such as the Erie City Mission and Mercy Center for Women, among others.  

The Service Learning Office also coordinates student transportation to several community sites in Erie.



In the News

Day of Service 2015

Day of Service 2014

New Office Centers on Learning and Service 'Beyond The Gates'

Interior Design Students Create New Spaces for Local Nonprofit Clients

Students Choose Service for Spring Break

Mercyhurst Partners with Habitat on 'House that Hurst Built'



Our Staff


Colin Hurley                                     
Director of Community Engagement
Office: Egan 206
Phone: (814) 824-2471
Fax: (814) 824-2070


Bethany Brun
Coordinator of Service Learning
Office: Student Union 101
Phone: (814) 824-2343
Fax: (814) 824-2070




Shasta MullenaxShasta Mullenax, AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA
Office: Student Union 101
Phone: (814) 824-2564


Contact Us

Service Learning
Office: Main Level, Student Union
Phone: (814) 824-2343
Fax: (814) 824-2070


Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter