Service Learning


Welcome to the site for the Office of Service Learning at Lewis University.

Service Learning is deeply embedded in the Lewis University Mission. The Office of Service Learning (OSL) strives to build connections with and contribute to our local and global communities through service learning. The OSL staff also hopes to work with faculty to extend student learning through rich community service experiences which fulfill course objectives.

Through these web pages, we hope to offer insight into our programming as well as possible resources for enhancing understanding of service learning.

As the Office continues to grow, our goal is to provide faculty with varied and effective resources to support course revision and development. We will also continue to build community partnerships and increase our listings of community agencies that have worked with us or hope to do so.

Your input, suggestions and comments are immensely helpful to us as we try to make our Office an asset to Faculty, Students, Staff, and Community Partners alike. Please feel free to contact us and let us know how we might better serve you through this website and beyond.

Christie Billups, D.Min.


Christie Billups, D.Min.
Director of Service Learning

Office of Service Learning
Leckrone Academic Resource Center
(815) 836-5829

Introduction from New Graduate Assistant

Upon completion of my Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Northern Illinois University, I had a huge decision to make, either jump into a career by finding a job right away, or further enrich my academic career. I started debating this choice as my last semester of college began. However on the day of my graduation ceremony, as I was handed my diploma, I had an epiphany: I was not ready for that moment to be the last time I felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from immersing myself in education and pushing past all the academic barriers that I didn’t think I could overcome. After that day, I was fully committed to finding the best institution to satisfy my passion to further my academic career.

After weeks of researching schools and weighing the pros and cons of each, I was told by a friend about her experience as a new student and Graduate Assistant at Lewis University. After hearing about her experience, I knew that I found the school that offered all of the characteristics that I longed for in my graduate school program. Upon my acceptance into Lewis University, I immediately went on the search for a GA position. I was extremely ecstatic to find a position available in the Office of Service Learning. Through my years as an undergraduate student, I had not heard of the concept of service learning and was extremely intrigued by this practice. The more I learned about service learning, the more I knew that this was not only an opportunity I would enjoy, but an opportunity from which I could learn and grow.

I am extremely pleased to be working in the OSL to assist students to participating in such a gratifying and transformational experience. I am thrilled to begin my experience here at Lewis University, not only as a Graduate Assistant, but as a student. There are many opportunities offered at this institution that can educate me via traditional academia and offer life lessons as well. It is my goal to guide students to pursue service learning not only as an educational experience, but as a spiritual and fulfilling way of life.

Tiffany Nguyen


Tiffany Nguyen
Graduate Assistant to the Office of Service Learning
(815) 836-5023


Service Learning at Lewis.

Measure Your Year in Love- Heart Haven OutReach Volunteer Appreciation Video.

Promoting Transformation Through Service Learning Pedagogy: May Institute 2014 Presentation.

Students Voice Their Experiences

  • Service Learning

    Erin Cox

    Forest Preserve District of Will County (State and Local Government)

    "Personally, the sense of community that I felt each time I participated in the [service learning portion] is stronger than any other I’ve experienced. I was naturally apprehensive to mingle with the already-close volunteer group, but I was quickly welcomed into this elite group of dedicated volunteers…Each volunteer has such a pure and genuine passion for making a different, and the diversity in demographic was really quite refreshing to see..."

  • Service Learning

    Alec Koczka

    Kane County Forest Preserve (State and Local Government)

    "Doing this service learning project has taken me on an interesting path. It has made me a better, more appreciative person for the environment. The next time we are just sitting on the couch or texting bored out of our minds start thinking what could we do to become civically engaged. Our opportunity is waiting, get motivated and get into your community."

  • Carolyn Micetic

    Warren-Sharpe Community Center (Public Relations)

    "My service learning class this semester at Lewis was beyond amazing. I worked with a community center in Joliet. I learned so much about what having a real PR job is actually like. The real world experiences taught me way more than any other class I have had before. The part I liked the most was being able to help the community center with my knowledge of PR. I would highly recommend a service learning class to anyone who hasn't had one before."

  • Service Learning

    Nicole Krage

    Addison Community Switchboard (Public Relations)

    "The service learning component was such a great experience because not only was I able to strengthen my PR skills, but I did that while working with an organization that does great things for its community. It's nice to know that the work I did and the tools I created really matter. It was a wonderful opportunity to make a difference"