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The Agapé Center for Service and Learning

Agapé Center - Historical Highlights

 

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Service and learning have been central to the institutional vocation of Messiah College since its inception in 1909. The stories of student and faculty involvement within the local community and abroad have been documented throughout the College's history as having a strong foundation for a service tradition that has become a disctinctive part of a Messiah education.  Throughout the years, these early informal expressions of service have given way to a more institutional approach to service-learning.

 

1909

Historic Roots of Service at Messiah College

Since the inception of the College in 1909, service has been an integral part Messiah's foundation.

1983

Institutional Commitment to Service

President D. Ray Hostetter requested sabbatical to partner with Daystar University in Kenya.

1989

Service-Learning Courses Conceptualized

Academic Dean Harold Heie conceptualized the first SERV course sequence.

1991

First Director of Service-Learning Appointed

Vern Blackburn was designated as the first Director of Service-Learning.

1994
Dr. John Eby replaced Vern Blackburn as Director
1997

Centralizing Service-Learning with Academics

Dr. Mary Ann Hollinger was appointed as Associate Dean for Expternal programs to centralized curricular and co-curricular service-learning.

1998

Building Dedicated to Emerging Program

President Sawatsky dedicated the newly renovated Agape Center for Service and Learning.

2002

Host National Faith-Based Service-Learning (FBSL) Conference

Messiah College hosted a Biennual National Service-Learning Conference for Faith-Based Colleges and Universities to direct constructive conversation.

2004

Recognized for Community Involvement

Dr. John Eby was nominated as one of ten finalists at the 2004 National Gathering of Educators for Community Engagement.

2005

Research and Review of Programs

The Agape Center was awarded a $15,000 grant from CCU to study spirituality and faith-based service-learning diaglogue.

2005
Chad Frey named Director of the Agape Center and Service-Learning
2006

COE Service-Learning Committee Established

Messiah College adopted an institutional definition of service-learning, outlined common criteria, and established a standing service-learning governance committee

2007

Recognized on President's Community Service Honor Roll

Nationally recognized with distinction by the President and Corporation for National Community Service

2008
Received New Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement
2009
Completed comprehensive 7 year program review
2010

Recognized by US News and World Report

Highlighted as a "Program to Look For...' in service-learning

2011

Listed in Washington Monthly Top 10 List

Ranked for the second year in a row among the best baccalaureate colleges and universities for community service activities

2012

Hosted 7th National Faith-Based Service-Learning Conference

Presenters included Maureen Curley, President of Campus Compact and Barbara Holland, international service-learning researcher and consultant.

2013

Together For Tomorrow National Award

Received national award by US Department of Education, Corporation for National Community Service, and White House for partnership with Harrisburg School District to improve student acheivement.