Students offer their time and talent at annual Service Fair

The annual Service Fair was held Sept. 26.
Misericordia University celebrated Mercy Week and the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, which founded the institution in 1924, by hosting a Service Fair in the Banks Student Life Center. The annual fair gives students an opportunity to meet with representatives from social service agencies that work in the local community and have a need for volunteers and support.

Misericordia has been recognized for its students’ service efforts. The university was named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service — placing it among the top colleges and universities in the country for commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, MU students provided 105,582 service hours to the community with 1,032 Misericordia students engaged in academic service-learning courses, an increase of 17 percent over the previous year. An additional 700 students, nearly double from the previous year, participated in voluntary community service. Of those who did service, 575 students were engaged in at least 20 hours of community service per semester.

The agencies represented at the fair included Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Hospice Community Care, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Domestic Violence Service Center, Commission for Economic Opportunity, McGlynn and Mineral Springs Learning Centers, Ruth’s Place, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pa., Inc., Victims Resource Center, SPCA, Heartland Hospice and Center of the Village. The departments of Student Activities, Service-Learning and Campus Ministry, along with the Insalaco Center for Career Development, coordinated the one-day fair.

For information on the service opportunities available to students at Misericordia University, go to the campus website at and use the search tool to go to the Misericordia Service and Misericordia Office of Service Learning pages. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.


Misericordia freshmen Heather Krzywicki, a nursing major from Mountain Top, Pa., Kelsey Frasier, a physical therapy major from Blackwood, N.J., and Sarah Pulice, a business administration major from Gibson, Pa., shown from left, take time during a Service Fair on campus to talk with Sister Eleace King, IHM, of the McGlynn Leaning Center, and Sister Elizabeth Broody, RSM, of the Mineral Springs Learning Center, about volunteer opportunities to tutor disadvantaged children at the two centers in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.