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SDLCs were established at Elizabethtown College in 1992 in accordance with the College’s commitment to “Educate for Service.” Elizabethtown College is a community of learners dedicated to educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically, and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world. Admittance into the SDLC program is awarded to third- and fourth-year students who are committed to exemplifying the College motto through specific service projects in the local and global community.


SDLCs offer:

  • Independent Living in College-Owned Houses
  • Community Partnerships
  • Faculty Engagement
  • Opportunities to Create Positive Change through Service
  • Opportunities for Learning and Personal Growth

Please read the SDLC Handbook for more information about the SDLC program. 


*Traditional residence halls offer similar  Living Learning Communities  for students of any level.


Applying for an SDLC

The 2016-2017 SDLC APPLICATION is now CLOSED

  • Applications will be available in the SPRING semester for the 2017 - 2018 year

  • Applicants must read the  SDLC Handbook before completing an application

  • Only rising Juniors and Seniors may apply
  • Applicants must hold and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Students must apply in groups of 3-5 students (most houses hold 4 students)
  • Only ONE application should be submitted per group
  • All applicants must register for a lottery number
  • All applicants must have an alternate housing plan as spaces are limited
  • SDLCs are independent living units (ILUs) and considered premium housing; Please visit the  Business Office Website  for more information regarding housing costs


2017-2018 SDLC Application Timeline*

  • November 2015 & January 2016: Information Sessions
  • February 1, 2017: Applications available online
  • February 28, 2017: Applications due by 5:00 PM
  • March 13-17, 2017: Interviews
  • March 21, 2017: Results Announced  
*Dates are subject to change. 


Please Note: All students must have business office accounts paid in full by March 1 to register for a lottery number and participate in the housing selection process. All SDLC applicants MUST register for a lottery number.



 2016-2017 SDLCs


Cover to Confidence

Theme: Early adolescence literacy and confidence development
Community Partner: Elizabethtown Public Library
Members: Cecilia Hartley, Lauren Van Pelt, Allison Patterson, Kelly Knorr
Learning Mentor: Dr. Monica Belfatti

Food for Thought

Theme: Eating disorder awareness
Community Partner: National Eating Disorder Awareness
Members: Zoie Martin, Caitlin Mitchell, Kelly Merroth, Victoria Pagano
Learning Mentor: Terri Reichly Dennehy

Inspire to Hire

Theme: Partnering with individuals with disabilities to develop work and social skills
Community Partner: Frugal Finds
Members: Casey Quinto, Brianna Earnshaw, Elizabeth Wedekind, Kelsey Brady, Brenna McNamee
Learning Mentor: Dr. Carroll Tyminski

Jazz House

Theme: Service and mentorship through jazz
Community Partner: PMEA
Members: Andrei Gladkowski, Alexander Gibboney, Ryan Sagedy
Learning Mentor: Dr. Robert Spence

 Juniors Helping Seniors

Theme: Developing activities for senior citizens
Community Partner: Elizabethtown Area Senior Center
Members: Sage Garvey, Madalene Rutherford, Esther Cargill, Kelly Zielinksi
Learning Mentor: Dr. Nancy Carlson Steadman

PromOTing Positivity

Theme: Family services
Community Partner: Children's Playroom of Lancaster
Members: Emma Christman, Karly Deam, Amanda Sabol, Molly Templin, Courtney Wood
Learning Mentor: Chris Achenbach

Random Acts of Kindness

Theme: Spreading kindness
Community Partner: Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Members: Rose Ousey, Rachel Suter, Holly Gasper, Gillian Engelbrecht
Learning Mentor: Dr. E. Douglas Bomberger

The Simple House

Theme: Simple living
Community Partner: Winters Heritage House Museum
Members: Jessica Schultz, Victoria Metal, Bristol Sauer
Learning Mentor: Dr. Michele Kozimor-King

The Wheel House

Theme: Encouraging sustainable transportation
Community Partner: The Common Wheel
Members: Julie Hess, Jennifer Gallo, Megan Stoermer, Emma Johnson, Katelyn Gebbia
Learning Mentor: Dr. Kurt DeGoede

Two Hands, One Heart

Theme: Hunger and homelessness
Community Partner: Bethesda Mission (Harrisburg)
Members: Danielle Barattini, Laurie Conran, Samantha Freas, Charity Good
Learning Mentor: Sharon Sherick



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