Houghton students, faculty and alumni impact the world in practical, innovative, faith-informed and life-changing ways, not for resume building or to give themselves a pat on the back, but because it’s what they are called to do.
Academics: Real-World Impact
Through their academic courses and internships, Houghton students collaborate on projects that positively affect communities around the world.
- Houghton business students offer free tax preparation service to residents of Allegany County
- Education students engage in service-learning projects in Buffalo, NY during their Teaching in Urban America course
- Houghton students in data science/analytics conducted statistical examinations for an economic impact study at the GolfWeek Amateur Golf Tour’s National Championship.
- Houghton student Moeun Sun"15, through her internship with Bread for the World, helped to lobby for a U.S. House of Representatives spending bill to allocate $10 million to local and regional procurement (LRP) of food.
Service: Community and Global Impact
Through classroom assignments, organized service days, volunteer projects, and campus clubs and organizations, Houghton students show the love of Christ and impact communities both near and far for good. Here are some ways how:
- Through Journey's End Tutoring, Houghton students volunteer each weekend in Buffalo, NY teaching English to refugee families.
- Service days, such as Make a Difference Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day, bring Houghton students together for a day of service to the community.
- The annual Faith and Justice Symposium discusses issues of critical importance (hunger, environmental stewardship, human trafficking) and how Christians can respond in practical ways
- Houghton faculty and staff filled 120 speaker bureau placements preaching, teaching or leading worship in churches throughout the Western New York region.
- Houghton athletes and teams have regularly been involved with sports ministry trips across the globe, taking 33 trips to 12 countries since 1998.
With over 22,000 alumni serving around the world, Houghton's impact can be felt literally around the world. Here are some stories of alumni impacting in their communities:
- "The Joy in the Fight"
Four Houghton alumni impacting lives with their Christian music band Samecity.
- "A Contagious Love"
Kristina Van Dyk ’05, Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist
- "A Journey of Listening"
Wesley Dunham ’87, equestrian trainer for Paralympic athletes
- "The So Not Boring Life"
Karen (Pangel ’78) Smith, providing home stays for international children receiving lifesaving medical care in the United States
- "Justice in Health Care"
Myron Glick '88, founder and chief medical officer, Jericho Road Community Health Center
Houghton’s commitment to environmental sustainability took a big step forward with the completion of the college solar array in April of 2015. With the largest solar array on a college campus in New York State, the college expects to save $4.3 million over the project's 25-year lifespan. This also positions Houghton as a leader in meeting today’s energy needs without contributing toward the ecological problems seen with fossil fuels. Solar energy releases no greenhouse gases, produces no pollution and has no health impacts. Houghton College’s system provides a tangible teaching tool showing real-world solutions to environmental challenges that make sense both economically and ecologically.