Gary Horowitz Service Learning

What is Service Learning? Students share their love of Biology with local 3rd graders
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Learn more about Service Learning here.


Service Learning at Alfred University

Alfred University has a long history of providing service learning opportunities for
its students. Dr. Gary Horowitz, a former faculty member, is an excellent example
of one who gave prominence to the concept of service learning by urging students
to integrate civic engagement and social responsibility into their academic pursuits.
You can find out more about Dr. Horowitz and the formation of the Gary Horowitz Service Learning Program here.

Though Service Learning and Civic Engagement have long been a part of Alfred University, the ways in which it is practiced are continually developing and adapting to changes on campus and throughout the community. Each semester there are a number of courses available for students that have a Service Learning component; these courses offer students the opportunity to become engaged through scholastic pursuits. There is also a great variety of volunteer opportunities for students, faculty and staff who are interested in volunteering on an individual or group basis.

UNIV 115: Concepts of Service Learning
A centerpiece of GHSL is the independent course UNIV 115: Concepts of Service Learning. This 3 credit hour course, offered during the fall semester, introduces students to civic engagement through service learning. Learn more about UNIV 115

Students assist with local Library Lions program.

GHSL Mission:
To assist in the development of meaningful service learning opportunities for Alfred University students. These opportunities will foster a sense of civic responsibility, provide workforce applicable experiences and skills, and develop an extended sense of “mutually beneficial” community among students, faculty, and community partners.

The goal of the GHSL program is to collaborate with Faculty to capitalize on pre-existing Service Learning Courses, raise awareness, and increase the number of Service Learning Courses available. The program also seeks to work with individual students and student groups interested in being involved with service related events on campus.


Volunteers at the 2nd Annual Saxons Fall Into Service event.
Jessica Jennings, Service Learning Coordinator
Career Development Center
Ph: 607.871.2162