The Honors Service Learning Requirement
Honors students strive to make the world a better place in all sorts of ways. They tutor in math, writing skills, and financial literacy. They support blood drives and organize basketball clinics for young people with disabilities. They join with other civic-minded students in organizations like Circle K and S.A.V.E. They help out in their own communities on weekends and vacations.
The service-learning requirement within the Honors curriculum helps them help others, by allowing them to tailor their activities to their interests and skills. And it allows them to enhance and develop their abilities in civic engagement throughout their Stockton experience, just as they grow and develop their abilities in academic subjects.
GEN 2840, Honors Service Learning:
Students are required to complete GEN 2840, Honors Service Learning, every semester that they remain in the program. Honors Service Learning is a zero-credit course that combines a structured learning environment with the flexibility of an independent study course. Working in consultation with the Honors Director, the Service Learning Coordinator, and other faculty and staff, students will ordinarily complete two approved service projects per semester tailored to their individual abilities, interests, and motivation. They will attend two Reflection sessions and one Dialogue session held by the Office of Service Learning. And they will create a Service Learning portfolio and will develop it over the course of their Stockton education.
GEN 2840 appears on the college transcript as a pass/no credit course. Students are required to successfully complete the course every semester that they remain in the Honors program. Failure to do so may result in their being placed on Honors Probation.
Students who wish to apply summer activities towards their service learning requirement must obtain permission from the Honors Director the preceding spring by submitting the Summer Service Project Request Form. Summer service activities will ordinarily count for no more than one service project per academic year.
For new students, Honors Service Learning is a corequisite for both the Freshman and Transfer Seminars, and all incoming freshmen are automatically enrolled in it. Specific dates and times for meetings and assignments will be set up at the start of the semester. The initial service project will require new students to research service opportunities available at Stockton college.
Service Learning Requirement for Students Who Entered Prior to Fall 2011
Please click here for information on the service requirement for students who enrolled prior to fall 2011.
Important Service Learning Contacts:
Course website for GEN 2840, Honors Service Learning
McKenzie Lillia, Student Director for Service, Honors Program, lilliam[at]go.stockton.edu
Fall and Winter Days of Service
New Student Day of Service, Saturday, September 7, 2013.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, January 20, 2014, sponsored by the Office of Service Learning (more information available here)
Red Cross Blood Drives. Watch for emails to volunteer to table or help with donors.
Other On-Campus Service Opportunities
Certified Peer Educator Club meets Wednesdays, 8 pm in CC 5. The first meeting is September 14, 2011. Contact Luanne C. Anton, 609-626-6088
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Students receive a National FEMA-Emergency Management Diploma as well as ULTRA credit. Contact Dennis Lepore, Safety and Health Compliance Coordinator, 609-652-4751
Community Partners listed by county
"I really enjoyed working at the Atlantic Riding Center for Health. It is a therapeutic center where people with disabilities take horseback riding lessons to improve their mobility."
-- Melinda G, Hospitality Management major
AtlantiCare Medical Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ (next to the Stockton campus)
Beagle Rescue, Petsmart in Mays Landing, NJ (609-677-1620) on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Health Fair. Contact Dr. Amy Hadley, Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Helping Hand Behavioral Health Corp. Contact Nancy Basile, Program Director, 609-383-8668
Jersey Shore Children's Museum, Hamilton Mall. Contact Dr. Linda Szypula, 609-645-7741, or visit Volunteer section of the web page.
Summer Tutoring for Military Families. Contact Terry Dougherty, Galloway Township Public Schools.
United Way of Atlantic County. Contact Joanne B. Gazo, Volunteer Coordinator, 609-404-4483, est. 20. From February through April, volunteers are needed for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).