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.
"Honors students are encouraged to branch out and make a difference in the lives of many through getting involved."
-- Momina A, Biology alumna
Important Service Learning Contacts:
Course website for GEN 2840, Honors Service Learning
Daniel Tomé, Director, Office of Service Learning
Erin O'Hanlon, Program Assistant, Office of Service Learning
Diana Strelczyk, Program Assistant, Office of Service Learning
Cassidy Troy and Kate Volpe, Student Directors for Service, Honors troyc[at]go.stockton.edu and volpek2[at]go.stockton.edu
Summer Service Project Request Form
Days of Service
New Student Day of Service, Saturday, September 12, 2015.
"Day of Service is definitely something that new students should be aware of. It is a great and welcoming way to get involved in service projects and learn about many opportunities in the community. It is a great way to get involved and be introduced to service learning."
-- Chelsea R, Theater Arts major
Make a Difference Day
, sponsored by the Office of Service Learning, Saturday, October 24, 2015. Click here to register.
"My favorite service project are the Days of Service. I am able to go out with a few of my friends, as well as strangers, for a few hours and make a huge difference. We are given the opportunity to choose between a few different projects set up for the day, both on and off campus."
-- Erin S, Nursing major
Red Cross Blood Drives. Watch for emails to volunteer to table or help with donors.
"My favorite service project is working for the blood drive. Luckily that is done through the Honors Program so it is very easy to get information on."
-- Maryse B, Biochemistry alum
Circle K Club. Contact Brian Pluchino, 609-652-4961
"I would definitely recommend Project Linus with Circle K. It meets every week to sew teddy bears, pillows, and blankets to give to children in need. We send our projects to local EMS-EMT organizations and hospitals. Through these blankets, we try to give children who may be hurt or afraid a sense of security."
-- Beth P, Biochemistry alumna, current medical student
S.A.V.E (Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment)
Water Watch, email@example.com
As a marine science major interested in the environment, I find cleaning up the local beaches and Stockton's campus both rewarding and enjoyable. Water Watch has an open Facebook group, WaterWatch at RSC."
-- Caroline S, Marine Science major
Other On-Campus Service Opportunities
Certified Peer Educator Club. Contact Luanne C. Anton, 609-626-6088
CARE Mentors. Contact Tom Itaas, 609-652-4407.
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
Light It Up Blue Campaign. Contact Lauree Klein at kleinl1[at]go.stockton.edu or Nikki Vancil at vanciln[at]go.stockton.edu.
"This a campaign centered around getting people thinking and talking about autism. This project involved researching, spreading the word, and holding a workshop about autism. It was extremely rewarding. We also tried to get as many people to light it up blue as possible by wearing blue on autism awareness day. Stockton’s campus center even lit it up blue for us, turning their lights blue for the day."
--Lauree K, Psychology major
Neighborhood Watch, Campus Police Department. Contact Sergeant Tracy Stuart, or click here for more information.
Special Olympics. Contact Bob Ross, Wellness Center, Robert.Ross@stockton.edu
"This is a great opportunity to hold crafts and other small events for the athletes. Getting to spend time with them and seeing them compete in something they are passionate with is always self-rewarding.
-- Brian N, pre-PT
The Stockton Center for Community Engagement coordinates volunteer opportunities in Atlantic County.
Stockton University Emergency Medical Services
Unified Sports Program. Contact Elizabeth Stankiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
"My favorite service project was participating in the Unified Sports Program. The program involves volunteers playing alongside athletes with special needs. I became close friends with many of these people and I believe I have become a better person by volunteering with this program. During the fall semester, the sport played is soccer. During spring semester, sport played is basketball. At the end of the season, we compete against other schools."
-- Mckenzie L, Biology Major
Community Partners listed by county
The Arc of Atlantic County. Contact Jennifer Bowles, Volunteer Coordinator, 609-485-0800, ext. 137
"My favorite service project was volunteering at the Saturday program at the ARC of Atlantic County. It's a day program for children with special needs. Their parents are assured that their children are in a safe environment while they are able to run errands and attend to other tasks. We color, play music, and play games with the children, and it is a very rewarding experience."
-- McKenzie L, Biology major, and Mary Kate F, Health Sciences major
Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Contact Kathy Schmookler, Volunteer Program Manager, 609-345-5517 ext. 165.
Atlantic County Animal Shelter, Pleasantville, NJ, 609-485-2345
"This is an Honors-run service project that includes a reflection session as well as a volunteer activity. It was a lot of fun and it was great playing with the animals."
--Ally S, Health Sciences major
"Volunteering at the Atlantic County Animal Shelter is a simple and fun way to serve your community! When you volunteer there you get to play with the cats and dogs so that they get time out of their cages and some human care and love. The shelter is only 20 minutes away from campus and they welcome anybody. All you have to do is sign a basic waiver to volunteer at the shelter."
-- Sara E, Literature major
Atlantic Riding Center for Health. Contact Jill Baxter, 609-926-2233
"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 alumna, current Marriott employee
AtlantiCare Medical Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ (next to the Stockton campus)
"I volunteer for four hours every Sunday in the emergency room. I would absolutely recommend that pre-med students be made aware of hospital volunteering."
-- Ian K, Biology alumnus, current medical student
Beach Sweeps, Clean Ocean Action. Beach sweeps held at various locations in NJ. For more information, explore the website or contact Apryle Panyi, panyi[at]go.stockton.edu
"My favorite service project so far includes participation in both campus cleanups and beach sweeps. I find these activities to be both important and personally rewarding. It is such a shame that so many people discard such large quantities of litter on the ground, but volunteers can make an effort to alleviate some of the destruction to natural habitats. By going around and picking up the trash, we can reduce the amount of litter."
-- Adam P, pre-PT program
Beagle Rescue, Petsmart in Mays Landing, NJ (609-677-1620) on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
"This is such a fun service project! Volunteers help to entertain the dog and take them out. It's a wonderful feeling to see the dogs adopted into loving homes."
-- Elizabeth T, Biology alumna
Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Contact Sandy Perchetti, Volunteer Coordinator, 609-652-1665
Health Fair. Contact Dr. Amy Hadley, Speech Pathology and Audiology.
"At the Health Fair you get to work within the Atlantic City community alongide nurses and other health professionals, helping to promote wellness and give check ups to patients."
-- Liz W, Nursing alumna
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.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center, 609-266-0538.
"My favorite service project is working with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center since it is exactly the field I would like to go into when I graduate."
-- Briana T, Marine Science major
NJ Community Food Bank
My favorite service project was the NJ Food Bank Food Drive I do every year before Thanksgiving. My parents and I have been organizing and running this food drive at my town’s ShopRite for over 10 years now, so it’s a huge part of my charity work and who I am as a citizen. Being able to do this food drive for the Honors Program just tied in really well with the service learning requirement, and let me publicize the event to a new audience."
-- Sage M, Marine Science major
Seashore Gardens Assisted Living Center
"My favorite service project was working with Seashore Gardens Living Center. Here I volunteered during their activity time and was able to get to know all of the patients on the floor on a personal level. It is located less than five minutes away from Stockton. They are extremely flexible with the hours that you can volunteer and have many options to work with groups or individual patients."
--Renee C, Health Science major
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).
Walk to Cure Diabetes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
"My favorite service project so far is doing the JDRF walk. It's a walk to raise money for juvenile diabetes."
-- David F, Criminal Justice alumnus