Professor Richard Couto
Professor Richard Couto, a renowned advocate of community service as an integral
part of the liberal arts curriculum, will present “Thinking Outside the Classroom:
Community Service, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,
May 1, 2012 in the Multi-purpose Room in Andrews Hall. This event is free and
open to the public.
Couto’s presentation will address the intrinsic value of community-based education
for students, faculty and the general public. Additionally, he will explain how
to integrate experiential learning as a substantive academic component through co-learning
with community partners. Consistent with Couto’s pedagogy, there will be ample time
for discussion and questions.
R-MC Sociology Professor Reber Dunkel, the
coordinator of SERVE (Students Engaged in Responsible
Volunteer Experiences), looks forward to Couto’s presentation.
“This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about community-based
education,” says Dunkel. “In order to foster and maintain the essence of a liberal
arts education, we must understand how important it is to incorporate experiential
learning into our daily lives. Community-based education is an integral part of
the college’s mission to prepare our students to flourish in the global economy.”
Couto, a distinguished senior scholar at the Union Institute and University Interdisciplinary
Ph.D. program, earned his B.A. Marist College, his M.A. Boston College and his Ph.D.
at the University of Kentucky.
This event is sponsored by the SERVE program and the
Office of Student Life.
For more information, contact Sociology Professor Reber Dunkel at (804) 752-3105
Through SERVE, students celebrate the college’s tradition of service to others.
In 2010-11, R-MC students collectively amassed almost 8,000 volunteer hours. Nearly
50 students spent an alternative Spring Break in Florida for a combined 950 hours
with Habitat for Humanity and 130 hours for a Haiti Relief project. Students in
R-MC’s Greek organizations contributed more than 4,500 hours of collective service
to the community, collected 550 pounds of canned food, donated 60 inches of hair
to Locks of Love, 21 toys to Toys for Tots and generous funds to various organizations.
In addition, money was raised on campus and donated to the Red Cross & Partners
in Health for the Haiti Earthquake Relief. The SERVE program, in the Office of Student
Life, is an integral part of Randolph-Macon’s
Leadership Development and Service Initiative.