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Submissions Open for the Third Annual Service-Learning Showcase

The Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and the Richter Center Ambassadors are proud to present Fresno State’s third annual Service-Learning Showcase! The showcase will take place Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room in the Henry Madden Library in partnership with the High Impact Practices Symposium. 

The Service-Learning Showcase celebrates Fresno State students who have completed projects in service-learning classes this year (Fall 2018 or Spring 2019) by providing them with an opportunity to share their service-learning experiences with the public. The event features a poster exhibition where individuals or teams of students can present a poster on their experience, including: the service they completed, what they learned through the project, and how they impacted the community.  

As a result of their participation, students will receive a certificate honoring their dedication and service work. Additionally, prizes will be awarded to three presentations in the categories of People’s Choice Award, Best Reflection, and Best Presentation.  

Posters will be printed and set-up by the Richter Center.  Posters must be submitted as a PowerPoint file in a 30 in x 40 in format.  Download a PowerPoint template with the correct sizing. Applicants will be required to upload their PowerPoint file at the time of submission. 

Please note that only students are allowed to submit to present.  Submissions completed by faculty on behalf of their students will not be accepted.

Below is a list of information required in the submission:

  • Name and contact information for lead presenter
  • Names of any additional presenters
  • Service-learning course title
  • Number of service-learning hours completed with the project
  • Poster presentation title
  • Short description of what your service-learning project entailed (ex. The agency you served with and the activities you completed). 150 words max.
  • Short reflection on what you learned through this service-learning project (ex. Skills you developed, a new understanding of a course concept, a different perspective on the community, etc.). 150 words max.
  • Short reflection on how your service-learning project impacted the community (ex. Tangible changes you saw in the community or anecdotes that demonstrate how your service work made a difference).  150 words max.
  • Poster file saved as a PowerPoint document using the first and last name of the lead presenter as the file title (ex. John Doe.pptx).

The deadline to apply to present at the showcase is April 23, 2019.  Submit your application online at

Please direct inquiries to Mellissa Jessen-Hiser at or 559.278.6986.  Accepted presenters will be notified by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Breaking Records 

We are so pleased to report that this past academic year (2017-18), 18,135 students, faculty, and staff members provided 1,436,069 hours of service to the community--a new annual record--which is equal to an estimated economic value of nearly $40.2 Million. This is an increase of about 50,000 hours of service from previous year.

The services provided range from short-term activities like blood-drives with the Central California Blood Center and Kids Day benefiting Valley Children's Hospital to nearly 200 service-learning courses and long-term teaching internships with local school districts.

Fresno State's commitment to service contributed to Washington Monthly ranking the university as number 24 of the top 30 universities in the nation last year. In fact, Fresno State was ranked second in the percentage of work study allocated to community service placements.
To learn more about how you can contribute to Fresno State's annual service goal, contact the Richter Center at 559.278.7079