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Nazareth Orientation Day of Service, Friday, August 25

Published August 22, 2017

Nazareth College celebrates the arrival of its biggest incoming class ever with the annual Orientation Day of Service! At Nazareth College, orientation for new students includes a community service component. This Day of Service will be held on Friday, August 25, from 1:00 to 4:45p.m. Over 600 students (first year, transfer and international students) along with Orientation Leaders, faculty, and staff travel to one of 32 service sites within the community. Nazareth staff work in partnership with local community agencies to develop service activities that meet the needs of the organizations and the community members they serve. Trained Orientation Leaders provide preparation for the student groups and lead the service activities in conjunction with a representative from each service site. Upon returning to Naz, the Orientation Leaders facilitate a reflection of the day's events. Contact information: Adam Lewandowski, Associate Director for the Center for Civic Engagement,, (585)389-2307 office | (585)451-4996 cell

The program starts on the Nazareth Campus at 1 p.m. where the new students, leaders, faculty and staff will gather in the Arts Center Callahan Theater for remarks and departure. Students won't arrive to their sites until 2 p.m.

The Nazareth College Orientation Day of Service has several goals:

  • To introduce new students to the core value of service at Nazareth College and explore the relevance of service to the college's mission.
  • To introduce new students to the community which they are now a member of. To help students identify some of the assets and strengths as well as the challenges present in the community.
  • To meet some of the community challenges.
  • To introduce new students to the concept of Civic Engagement.
  • To introduce students to a variety of careers and job experiences that support the public good.
  • To give students an opportunity to get to know each other.

This program is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Student Orientation and the Center for Life's Work.

Nazareth College students, faculty and staff will work at several of the community service sites throughout the event. The following sites have approved on-site press coverage.

List of partnering community service sites:
Boy Scouts of America
Brighton Food Cupboard
Cameron Community Ministries
Catholic Family Center
Charles Carroll School No 46
Child Care Council, Inc.
Clara Barton School #2
Discovery Charter School
Episcopal SeniorLife Communities
EquiCenter, Inc.
Fairport Baptist Homes
Foodlink, Inc.
Friendly Home
Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
George MAther Forbes School #4
Heritage Christian Services
Hickok Center for Brain Injury
Highlands Living Center
Hill Haven Nursing Home
Imagine It LLC
Jewish Family Service of Rochester (Pencils & Paper program)
Jewish Home of Rochester
Kodak Park School #41
Mount Hope Cemetery
Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Penfield Community Victory Garden
Seneca Park Zoo Society
Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester
Sojourner House
St. John's Home
Trillium Health
YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

For More Information

Julie Long | Chief PR Officer | 585-389-2456 or

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.