Across the commonwealth, students, faculty, and staff from across the system come together to give their time, talent, and treasure to contribute to the wellbeing of society—from supporting their local communities to raising awareness for meaningful causes.  

Success Highlights

The Commonwealth University-Lock Haven Outreach for Humanity Club and the Office of Community Service held its annual Hunger Bowl event throughout October. The event supports the Haven Cupboard, Lock Haven's campus food pantry, which supports students facing food insecurity.

East Stroudsburg University’s students, faculty, and staff are leaders in the classroom and in the community. As the holiday season arrives, ESU’s Student Government Association is set to host its annual Teddy Bear Drive. This year, SGA will collect stuffed animals and toys for children ages 3-8. Members of SGA will deliver donations to two local schools in early December.

The IUP Greek community continued its holiday tradition of helping families in the Indiana community. In the 14th year of this campaign, IUP’s 24 fraternities and sororities raised a total of $4,145.80 for the Salvation Army of Indiana County’s Red Kettle campaign. In addition, for the seventh year, students in Rho Tau Chi military service fraternity collected toiletries and other necessities to homeless veterans at the holidays.

The Kutztown University Foundation received a $100,000 gift from Dr. Frederick Redekop, professor of counselor education and student affairs, and his wife, Maria Smith, through the Everence Foundation. This gift, the first of its kind to the KU Foundation, enhanced the Sallie Redekop Scholarship and will provide $5,000 to 20 graduate students in the counselor education and student affairs program this academic year.

The 12th annual Breast-A-Ville at Millersville University included pink fountains, a day of campus and community exhibitors educating the community on breast health, pink-outs at athletic competitions, and several other events. Breast-a-Ville is an event created through the Breast Health Initiatives on campus to educate students of the importance of breast health and breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Across the PennWest University campuses, students are teaming up to give back. Students gave their time and their resourcefulness to raise funds for others on campus, for people in need in the local communities, and to benefit local, state, and national organizations.

ROTC Cadet Rylie Traxler, a senior psychology major at Shippensburg University, received the prestigious ROTC Medal of Heroism during a ceremony last month at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Traxler was honored for displaying courage and selflessness when she responded to a vehicle accident on August 21 when she was driving with a friend. 

The history and culture of Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood is being preserved and shared with a wider audience thanks to a recent partnership with Slippery Rock University’s History Department. Aaron Cowan, an SRU professor of history, and graduate students from his Public History course, recently helped the Hill Community Development Corporation launch the Hill District Digital History Project, available online at Twelve students from Cowan’s Public History course worked on the project over the summer, writing articles, interviewing subjects, and curating photos and videos. 

West Chester University students’ six-hour, no-sitting RamTHON event raised $41,014.25 on November 4 to help children who are receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The donation total is a 35% increase over last year’s total. Now in its third successful year, RamTHON is organized by West Chester University’s Dance Marathon students, a nonprofit student-run organization.