The Center for Public Service engages students, community members, faculty and staff to facilitate partnerships, education, critical thinking and informed action. Through these alliances, we aim to foster social justice by promoting personal, institutional and community change.
HISTORY OF CPS
The Center for Public Service was founded in December 1991, under the leadership of Karl Mattson. Prior to that time, community service and service-learning activities stemmed from the Chapel program. Another important antecedent to the Center for Public Service's founding was the endowment left by Stephen Warner, a Gettysburg College activist who was killed in combat during the Vietnam War. His GI insurance was intended "to create intellectually controversial programs." The first decade constructed a strong foundation in co-curricular community service and strong community partnerships. We now are building on that foundation to move into a more curricular/academic focus while continuously strengthening our community partnerships.
The Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College challenges students to "think critically and act compassionately" through six major program areas, carried out in partnership with students, community members, faculty and staff.
Eddie Plank Gym
Campus Box 2456
CONTRIBUTE TO CPS
Since its inception twenty years ago, the Center for Public Service has been shaped by the generous contributions from Gettysburg’s alumni, parents and friends. As we celebrate our proud past and look to the future to provide meaningful opportunities for students to think critically and act compassionately, we are reminded of how grateful we are for the continued support of our donors and participants.
Please celebrate the 20th anniversary of CPS by contributing.
For questions, please call the Development Office at 1-800-238-5528.