Resources for Students

The Center for Service Learning & Leadership has a variety of resources to support service engagement and leadership activities for students. Below are some resources offered. If you are still in need of information on these or other topics please contact Laura Weaver, service learning coordinator, at

Download a printable Student Resource Sheet

The following services are available to these students:

NEW for 2014-2015 – Bake Sale Regulation

Contact Laura Weaver at with any question or concerns regarding these Purdue University system-wide regulations.

  • According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Rule Title 410 IAC 7-24 home prepared food items are PROHIBITED to sell to the public.
  • Any individual or group holding bake sale events available for public consumption taking place on PNC’s campus must submit an Event/Activity Form and a Temporary Food Service Application. The Temporary Food Service Application must be submitted to Purdue University West Lafayette for approval at least 7 day in advance of the event. Both forms can be obtained by contacting Laura Weaver, service learning coordinator, at
  • Baked goods can be sold ONLY if they are prepared in a certified kitchen or the foods are purchased/donated and individually wrapped. The certified kitchen has to be supervised by a ServSafe Certified Food Handler. If donations are obtained from local establishments in the business of providing food such as a bakery or restaurant, they should be listed as the “Food Source” on the Temporary Food Service Application.
  • Food service gloves must be worn when handling ready-to-eat foods. Hands must be washed before placing food service gloves on.
  • Designate one person to handle money and another to handle food items to reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Requesting a Table

If you are wishing to reserve a table to support your service learning project please complete the Service Learning Table Request Form by completing the online form or by downloading and submitting the paper form.

Request should be placed 10 days in advance. There are a limited number of tables available each day and reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Submitting a request does not guarantee a reservation!

Available table locations are outside LSF 144 and inside the north entrance to the TECH Building.

Requesting a Room

A number of on-campus rooms are available for use by PNC students enrolled in service learning courses. Students must submit a room request at least 10 days in advance and reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Available rooms include: LSF 60, LSF 144, LSF 170A, TECH 160, Schwarz 60

If you are wishing to reserve a room on-campus to support your service learning project please contact Laura Weaver at

Campus Calendar & Welcome Screens

Flat panel welcome/event screens are posted at the main entrances to each building. The purpose of these screens is to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors informed and assist in locating meetings and events on campus. Information from these screens is obtained from the on-line PNC Campus Calendar. Ensure that your event is posted to the Campus Calendar so that it is included on the Welcome Screens.

How to Add Your Event

  • Visit the PNC Calendar for Campus Events and click on “+Add/Change Event” in the upper right corner of the page.
  • Enter your event information in the pop-up screen. Reminder: Information entered on this page will appear on the PNC Campus Calendar exactly as it is entered. It is important to enter an accurate description of the event in the “Message” section of this screen.
  • Click on “Send” to complete your request.

For more information on the welcome/event screens please visit the PNC Purchasing webpage and see “Event Screen FAQ.” For more detailed information please contact Mary Bucy at

Campus Posting Guidelines

There are 14 designated locations on campus where flyers can be posted. These locations are as follows:

Schwarz Hall – 7 Locations

  • Rightmost board outside Enrollment Services, room 40
  • Northwest and Southeast corners of the first, second and third floors

Library-Student-Faculty Building – 3 Locations

  • Outside the entrance to the Library
  • Inside room 14 and room 18

Technology Building – 4 Locations

  • Inside the Vending Machine rooms (room 54 and room 254)
  • Inside the north entrance
  • Outside the computer lab (room 265)


  • Postings MUST be removed 24 hours after the event.
  • You may only post 1 notice per posting location.
  • You must supply your own tape and/or thumb tacks.
  • You MAY NOT post on bulletin boards or walls outside instructional spaces, these spaces are for faculty use only.
  • You MAY NOT post on bulletin boards outside an office unless you have the occupant’s approval first.
  • DO NOT cover another posting with your posting
  • DO NOT tape or staple items to any wood or painted surface
  • DO NOT post on entrance doors

Please Note:

  • If a sign holder is required and you have submitted and been approved to use one, please contact the Facilities Coordinator at (219) 785-5531 for assistance.
  • Outdated material will be removed
  • Material remaining after the end of each semester will be removed
  • Postings associated with student organization fundraising must be approved by the Dean of Student, LSF 103
  • Posting associated with service learning fundraising must be approved by the Center for Service Learning & Leadership, LSF 27.
  • Canvassing, peddling and soliciting of any product or service on any part of the PNC Campus is prohibited. Individuals not representing student organization who seek exceptions to this regulation are considered representatives of outside agencies and must follow the procedures established for granting outside agencies exemptions. This type of exemption may be obtained through Vice Chancellor for Administration, SWRZ 145.

Download a printable Campus Posting Guidelines sheet.

Finding a Partner Organization

The Northwest Indiana region has a number of potential community partner organizations ranging from local non-profits to small, start-up businesses and local government agencies. If your professor has given you the option of selecting a community partner for your project there are several places you can begin:

  • Students may already have a personal connection with an organization in need. If you would like to partner with an organization you are currently affiliated with please contact your professor FIRST to ensure the organization meets the requirements of your course. Then you can proceed with contacting the organization.
  • If you do not have a personal connection with an organization a good place to begin your search is with the Regional Volunteer Center of the United Way. Their website lists information about non-profit organizations located in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper and Newton counties. Information on area organizations can be found on the Agencies page.
  • You can also contact Laura Weaver at for more assistance in finding a partner agency.

Service Learning Fundraising

Many times students wish to raise funds on behalf of their partner organization. You need to contact Laura Weaver at in order to fundraise as part of a PNC service learning course. Monetary donations to partner organizations will be made directly from Purdue University North Central on behalf of the service learning students.

Fundraising activities include, but are not limited to bake sales (see NEW 2014-2015 Bake Sale Regulations at the top of this page), free will-donations and charity walks/events. Student Organizations MAY NOT conduct games of chance on or off campus. Games of chance include but are not limited to bingo games, raffles, charity game nights, door prize events, prizes from pull tabs, punch boards or tip boards.

Funding Opportunities

Students enrolled in service learning courses and members of PNC student organizations are eligible to apply for funding to support service projects through Indiana Camus Compact (ICC), a state-wide organization that supports higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. Students can apply for funding through the Service Engagement Grant program with the Student Community Service Grant.

The Student Community Service (SCS) Grant supports student projects (group or individual projects) with the community such as plunge experiences or national Days of Service events (ex: 9/11, MLK Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Earth Day). Funding amounts for the SCS Grants are up to $1,000 with an institutional cash match of $250 for a total grant of $1,250. Service projects must impact the residents of Indiana and cannot take place in other states.

Applications are accepted on the following dates and must be submitted at least six (6) weeks prior to the project start date: August 11, 2014, November 10, 2014, February 9, 2015, and May 11, 2015.

To apply for the SCS Grant please contact Laura Weaver, service learning coordinator, at Applications must be submitted to the Center for Service Learning & Leadership via Laura Weaver prior to being forwarded to the funder.

Download a preview of the 2014-2015 Student Community Service Grant Application.

Funding opportunities for PNC faculty and staff can be viewed on the Funding Opportunities page or by contacting Laura Weaver.

Service Learning Library Resources

The Center for Service Learning & Leadership has a number of books and articles on service learning and leadership. These books are available to all PNC students and can be used on-site in the Center located in LSF 29 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Laura Weaver, service learning coordinator, at to make arrangements. View a list of resources on the Center’s Library page.

Helpful Organizations and Links

Please visit our Service Learning Links page for information on local, state, national and international organizations that support service learning and engagement efforts on college campuses and within communities.