Gary Horowitz Service Learning
What is Service Learning?
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.
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, helped introduce the concept of service learning by urging students to integrate civic engagement and social responsibility into their academic pursuits. The Gary Horowitz Service Learning Program encourages students to follow his example.
New methods and opportunities for civic engagement are continually developing and adapting to changes on campus and throughout the community. Each semester, courses with a service learning designation are offered in various academic departments; these courses offer students the opportunity to become engaged in the community through scholastic pursuits. A great variety of volunteer opportunities are also available 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
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 goals of the GHSL program are collaboration with faculty to capitalize on pre-existing service learning courses and increase the number of service learning courses, as well as working with individual students and student groups interested in service-related events.
Corey Fecteau, Service Learning Coordinator
Career Development Center