Presenter Information

Marilynn P. Fleckenstein Ph.D.


Niagara University has been aiding the surrounding impoverished community since 1965 with its service initiative, the Niagara University Community Action Program (NUCAP). The university also offers courses that incorporate service learning components in partnership with NUCAP. Service learning is defined and its benefits, especially to the students, are discussed. The ways in which students, faculty, and staff are made aware of and called to engage in the school’s Vincentian mission are described. The student-run NUCAP has made many students and alumni into effective leaders for service, social responsibility, and social change. Some are profiled. Staff service projects are also highlighted.