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Civic Engagement in the Classroom

Civic engagement is taking place in academic coursework no matter your discipline or major. Below are a just a few highlights from different departments.

  • Agriculture & Veterinary Technology
    • Provide medical care for local shelter animals including spaying and neutering, ultimately making the animals more adoptable.
    • Organize dairy and livestock shows, consignment sales, judging competitions, and agricultural skills contests to educate the community.
  • Architecture & Design
    • Engage in a semester-long community planning project in partnership with a local community. This includes completing a site analysis, organizing a community design charrette, and presenting a conceptual vision plan.
  • Automotive Trades
    • Offer a Car Care Awareness Day program providing free check-up services, car wash, and education on proper automotive care to the local community.
  • Building Trades
    • students working on semester in the south projectEngage in week long lab experience on Long Island applying skills to help residents recover from Superstorm Sandy devastation.
    • Semester in the South is a semester-long experience for Building Trades students to learn new building technologies while restoring and rebuilding homes in hurricane-devastated New Orleans, LA, and Bay St. Louis, MS.
  • Business Department
    • Develop a master plan for the Italian city of Sorrento to improve tourist revenue in collaboration with architecture students.
    • Participate in a national veteran’s oral history project using court reporting methods and equipment. Oral accounts of service are collected and donated to the Library of Congress.
  • Civil Engineering Technology
    • Surveying senior project course provides support to community organizations.
  • Computer & Information Technology
    • Develop and launch a new Website for Allegany Senior Foundation.
  • Culinary Arts
    • Students and faculty, in cooperation with St. Bonaventure University, participate once a month in feeding community patrons at the Warming House, a public hunger outreach program.
  • Digital Media and Animation
    • Directed study enables students to work within non-profit organizations applying skills to support community efforts.
  • Electrical Trades
    • Students designed and installed the first solar-powered irrigation system at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.
  • English and Humanities
    • Formally present ideas and strategies for fundraising activities to a selected local non-profit organization.
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Designed and created Basic Utility Vehicle donated for use as a mobile library in the African country of Congo.
  • Nursing
    • Students with their BUVPay It Forward program encourages students to live out the caring aspect of the curriculum.
    • Complete community needs assessment and delivers health education opportunities.
  • Physical and Life Sciences
    • Chemistry students deliver a series of public presentations on hydrofracking.
    • Forensic science students deliver day of educational lab-based programming to local home school students.
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
    • Develop comprehensive fundraising plans for local non-profit organizations.
    • Engage in semester long internship supporting programming and mission of human service organizations.