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Make Bowls

The bowl itself is perhaps the most important part of the dinner: the act of making the bowls raises awareness for hunger and homelessness among those molding them with their own hands, but also among those who keep the bowls following the dinner.
The sessions typically take an entire class period. Two sessions are required to complete the process. Bowls are sculpted in the first session, and glazed in the second.

Gateway Mentor & Student



Prior to beginning the bowl making session, student staff in the Community Service Office explain to their peers the importance of the Empty Bowl Dinner and all the steps leading up to it. Our office staff provides directions and support throughout the entire session, and provides information for students to engage in a discussion related to local and global hunger and homelessness. Professors are encouraged to lead a discussion during the process relating students' service work to relevant course material.


Available Dates:

Bowl making can be scheduled to accommodate your class time--day or evening. We can accommodate sessions beginning Monday, September 9th. The last date for bowl making is Friday, November 1; glazing is Friday, November 8.



Bowl making sessions will be help in the Community Service Office, located in the Garden Level of Dilworth Hall.



Contact us for more information.
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2013 Participating Classes

July 9, 2013: Students in the Gateway to Success program make bowls as a summer service project. Upperclassmen Gateway mentors and Community Service Office staff work together to educate the incoming first-year students about the Empty Bowl Dinner, and the resources they can utilize through the Community Service Office.

Gateway Students  Gateway(1)

August 26, 2013: Over eighty first year students participated in their Orientation Day of Service by making bowls.

Orientation Day of Service 2013

September 16, 2013: First year seminar class, "The Hero's Journey," taught by Prof. Frankie Mallis, came to make bowls for the event.

September 17, 2013: The "Words of Mass Destruction" first year seminar class taught by Prof. Doreen Loury all made word-related bowls.

September 18, 2013: Prof. Marie Murphy's forensic science first year seminar class made their bowl contribution to the event.

September 19, 2013: "Must Love Dogs" is a first year seminar class taught by Prof. Linda Pizzi that came to make their bowls. University seminar class, "Social Services and Social Action," taught Drs. Steven Hooker and Peter Applebaum, also came this day to make bowls.

Social Service and Social Action


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Dilworth Hall

Mailing Address:
Arcadia University
Community Service
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Phone: 215-572-4000