18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Medaille College presented a unique way of experiencing the city of Buffalo to its class of first-year students in fall 2010. Working in groups called learning communities, first-year students extended their learning beyond the classroom with projects that explored the history, ecology, technology, and urban landscape of Buffalo.
Community 101 Fair: Friday, December 10, 2010
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On December 10, the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center at Medaille College was filled with over 350 first-year students as they presented the results of their community-based learning projects completed over their first semester at the college's annual Community 101 Fair.
Displaying multimedia and poster presentations to faculty, staff, students and community representatives, the goal of Community 101 is to extend learning beyond the classroom by exploring Buffalo's history, ecology, technology, leadership and more through hands-on research and collaboration with local organizations. Sample projects included:
Balanced Measures: Accommodating Individual and Community Needs: After examining various youth intervention agencies that service the city of Buffalo, students worked with youth at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center. Combining this experience with research on youth intervention agencies, students developed position papers on how communities can best serve at-risk youth through intervention and mentoring services.
Diversity and Immigration in Our Society: Through research and a service project with Journey's End, students explored the struggles that refugees face, myths about immigration, and the ways in which organizations in WNY work with refugees. As a result, students organized a campus donation drive in partnership with Journey's End and documented the achievements and challenges they experienced while working to serve refugee populations.
Strangers, Weirdoes, and Rebels: The Power and Danger of Difference in Society: After exploring the recent video campaign It Gets Better, which targets anti-gay bullying, students produced three powerful video messages to marginalized groups in their own community: LGBT youth, youth affected by poverty and homelessness, and incarcerated youth.
“Over the past few years, the Community 101 projects have shown how a renewed emphasis on contributing to the local community is reciprocally beneficial,” said Brad E. Hollingshead, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Foundational Learning && Assessment at Medaille. “As students connect to the story and institutions of Buffalo, their creative energies and talents, as well as those of their teachers, are brought to bear on important local issues. At the same time, the opportunity for students to integrate and apply their classroom learning to real-world problems is a potent means for realizing the college’s academic mission.”
The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.