Student participating in MLK day at blue jacket.

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While schools and businesses in the area are taking the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday off as a holiday, University of Saint Francis students, faculty and staff will take a different approach. Paying tribute to him through “A Day On, Not a Day Off” allows us to commemorate through action the values of compassion, dignity, justice, and service that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr embodied in his leadership. All USF students, faculty, staff as well as local community members are invited to join us for the following events (no classes at USF on this day).

All events will take place at the USF North Campus Building, 2702 Spring St. except for the call to Service/Mass (Trinity Chapel) and the off campus service projects. Free parking is available in the USF parking lots on the front and NW sides of the North Campus building. Please enter the building via the double doors on the front of the building for the 9:30 a.m. registration.

Monday, January 21, 2019 – All are invited to join us!


Time Event
9:30 am Registration (North Campus Foyer)
9:00 a.m. CST USF Crown Point Campus:

Linus Blankets, Room 148

10:00 am A Roadmap to Dr. King’s Dream: An Introduction to Intercultural Communication, Dr. Paul Porter, NC Auditorium/Live Streaming to USF Crown Point campus

According to a report from the Pew Research Center, the United States is experiencing an unprecedented racial and cultural diversification. Regardless of our feelings on the matter, it is a reality that the way we engage with people- verbally, nonverbally, and even environmentally, is critical to our personal and professional success.

This interactive presentation examines intercultural communication competence as a critical component to navigating in today’s diverse social landscape. Dr. Paul Porter, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The University of Saint Francis will talk through the growing diversity around us, examine the 4 characteristics of intercultural communication competence, discuss barriers, as well as tips on how to be a better communicator in today’s cultural climate.

11:30 am Call to Service/Mass (St. Francis Chapel)
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch will be offered for in the North Campus Gym. Individuals with a campus meal plan are asked to bring their meal cards and use their meal points; lunch will also be available for those who do not have a campus meal plan: free will donation accepted.
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Transition to Service sites
1:00 – 4:00 pm Service Projects on and off campus. Register today for service projects.

On Campus (USF North Campus Gym, 2702 Spring St.):

  • Linus Blanket Making
  • Warm Fuzzies – making outerwear for children in need
  • Bread for the World Letter Writing

Off Campus

  • Mustard Seed Furniture Bank (3636 Illinois Rd.)
  • Friends of the Third World (611 W. Wayne St.)
  • Vincent Village (2827 Holton Ave.)
  • Project 216 (3020 Congressional Parkway, FW)
  • Neighborlink project (address TBA)
  • Destiny Rescue (10339 Dawson Creek Blvd suite C)
  • Gigi’s Playhouse (6081 No. Clinton St.)
  • Little Rivers Wetlands Project (5000 Smith Rd., FW)
5:30 p.m. Critical Conversations:  Doermer 156A and B

Unique Dignity and Common Causes
Speaker: Dr. Alex Giltner, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Saint Francis

The movement is not over, but it is different. As we celebrate the legacy of the great Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., we will discuss how King understood and applied the life and politics of Jesus of Nazareth. By remembering King’s message and inspiration, we may receive from the Reverend Doctor wisdom and insight into the on-going crisis of racism in this country today.


For more information, please contact Katrina Boedeker, 260.399.8080.