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Service Learning is where service, leadership, and ethics meet for the common good.

The mission of the Service Learning Program at High Point University is to engage students in an experiential and interdisciplinary learning experience that promotes their understanding of and commitment to responsible civic leadership. Service Learning courses involve students in a minimum of 25 hours of service that is connected with the learning objectives of the class: the service helps the material become more practical and relevant and the course material helps students better understand and serve their communities.

In 2011-2012 the Service Learning Program offered 4 courses in one department, but by the 2013-2014 AY, we offered 20 courses in 11 majors with a total of 297 students who served in the community as they studied in class. That’s an increase in 6,270 hours of service in just three years. In the 2014-2015 AY, the SL Program intends to have students serve about 10,000 hours in the City of High Point — that service is estimated to have an economic impact of $210,400.

A course highlight is listed below, but all HPU SL courses are listed under the “Service Learning Courses” tab on the left toolbar. Please explore the classes, look at syllabi, and see the good work and rigorous education involved in the HPU SL Program. The SL Program also oversees the HPU Community Writing Center, Bonner Program, Democracy USA Program, and VISTA Program…more on each of those can also be found on the left-hand tool bar. Enjoy!



Spring Service Learning Class Highlights


ENG 2230 Literature and Community with Dr. Walker (Spring 2014)

Partnering with the Culler Senior Center in High Point and Pennybyrn at Maryfield, this English literature course developed a program called HPU LifeLines. LifeLines uses poetry to bridge the gap between High Point University students and the elderly community. Poetic experiences are provided to fulfill the interests and desires of our community partners. The reciting of poems combined with interactive activities and the joint writing of a poem strengthens the friendships between the elders and the students. This poetic journey also provides stress relief to all that participate in the workshop. Read more about the project at their website: Also read the recent story on the class featured on the HPU homepage.



Bonner Leader Update


As I begin my final year of college as an undergraduate, I come into senior year a new person. I am wiser, smarter, more patient, more diverse, more open-minded, and better prepared for what the world has to offer. There are a lot of things that I can attribute to these changes. My parents, my great professors here at HPU, my friends, and my experiences are all responsible for my evolution as a person. However, the Bonner Leader Program has been a key factor in my self-transformation. This program has prepared me for life and has made me an overall better human being through a number of ways. The Bonner Leader Program forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and view and interact with all faces of life. Through invaluable experiences such as attending state conferences, hosting discussions here on campus, and doing volunteer work throughout the City of High Point, I have truly discovered what it means to be a leader. Being a leader is taking the initiative. It’s looking a problem straight in the eye, and doing whatever it takes to combat it. It’s being open-minded and accepting change. It’s not being afraid of challenging yourself and taking that extra step towards personal development. Being a Bonner Leader has enabled me to do all of the above.


Even though I won’t have a specific service site this year, I am excited for my new role as the Senior Intern. This position will not only allow for me to build upon my leadership skills, but it will also help me develop crucial skills necessary for my future profession as a teacher. It will force me to be more organized and time conscience. I will develop better group management skills. And maybe most importantly, I will greatly develop my communication skills. I look forward to working along side the new cohort of Bonners and being that leader that they can aspire to. When I graduate and look back at what all I have accomplished during my time at High Point University, I will truly be able to say that I not only made a significant impact on campus, but in the City of High Point as well. I owe that all to the Bonner Leader Program.



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