18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Every new freshman at the Buffalo Campus of Medaille College participates in a Community 101 project that introduces them to Medaille College’s aspiration for student learning: outstanding preparation "for career success and a lifelong commitment to a civic and sustainable future in Buffalo, the region, and the world." Through their first-year learning communities, students study themes that connect to issues in the local community and move them outside the classroom to engage in real-world problem solving. The city of Buffalo thus becomes an extension of the classroom, and Community 101 projects enact the College’s aspiration by: connecting students to the story and institutions of Buffalo; providing them with an opportunity to integrate and apply their classroom learning to real-world concerns; giving them the chance to experience first-hand the rewards of contributing to the well-being of a community; and, having them digitally archive stories of community improvement and advancement so that they can teach future generations.
Through Community 101, students work hands-on with organizations like the Olmsted Conservancy, the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, the Arts in Education Institute, the Erie County Library, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Buffalo Historical Museum. They also create and manage their own community improvement projects, such as the campus-wide recycling program. Community 101 provides an experiential basis to students’ learning in the freshman year that both enhances their ability to achieve essential twenty-first century learning outcomes and empowers them to contribute to the vital, life-long work of building a
civic and sustainable future.
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.