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COVE Recognizes Outstanding Contributions

By Contributing Writer on August 25, 2014
Joanna Howe ’16 is interning at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice in Newark, N.J.

Joanna Howe ’16 is interning at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice in Newark, N.J.

 

The Max Shacknai COVE exists through the efforts of individuals. During the course of Fiscal Year ’14, we have had a number of opportunities to recognize the work of others.

Levine/Weinberg Fellowship
The COVE selects students annually for the Levine/Weinberg Endowed Summer Fellowship. This fellowship provides highly qualified students, interested in pursuing a career in community and/or public work, with summer internship funding in the field of direct community service. This year’s recipients are: Read more


Students Create Lasting Positive Impact in the Local Community

By Contributing Writer on July 25, 2014
Students volunteering with Head Start welcome local children to Colgate.

Students volunteering with Head Start welcome local children to Colgate.

 

The Max Shacknai COVE advises 40 student-led, community-based volunteer teams. These teams cover a wide range of issues and help students build an abundance of skills. Approximately 650 students representing about 25 percent of the Colgate population participate regularly in a volunteer team. In Fiscal Year ’14, volunteer teams performed more than 25,000 hours of direct service in the local community.

Outcomes of ongoing service projects:

  • Improved SAT scores for local high school students
  • Improved academic and social confidence of local children
  • More than 1500 individuals served at the soup kitchen and food cupboard annually
  • More than 400 fire and EMS emergency calls received annually
  • More than 800 hours of Victims of Violence hotline response annually
  • Contributions to a cohesive, caring community

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COVE Encourages Social Innovation

By Contributing Writer on July 14, 2014
Immersion Trip group visiting Pearson in New York City.

Immersion trip participants visiting Pearson in New York City.

 

In Fiscal Year ’14, COVE expanded on its mission to cultivate a community of students who will be leaders in social responsibility and community engagement by expanding the new Social Innovation Initiative, designed to support students in the pursuit of innovative, transformative, and sustainable solutions to social problems.

We believe that the problems facing today’s world are more complex than ever before, and solutions require interdisciplinary thinking and cross-sector collaboration. More than 100 students participated in the initiative throughout the year, gaining skills in new ways to positively impact the world. Read more


Max Shacknai COVE and Upstate Institute Join Together to Increase Service-Learning

By Contributing Writer on June 25, 2014
Professors April Baptiste and Abigail Mechtenberg will bring a new learning opportunity to Colgate students and Hamilton Central students and support renewable energy solutions in partnership with a community in Uganda.

Professors April Baptiste and Abigail Mechtenberg will bring a new learning opportunity to Colgate students and Hamilton Central students and support renewable energy solutions in partnership with a community in Uganda.

 

In support of Colgate’s strategic plan, the Max Shacknai COVE and the Upstate Institute announced the availability of a new course development grant program that promotes civic education in the curriculum.

Beginning in 2014-2015, faculty may apply for one or more course development grants offered by the Upstate Institute; the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE); and the Center for Learning, Teaching and Research, in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

The Service-Learning Pilot Program aims to provide faculty with the resources to offer students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance the work of local agencies that exist to effect positive change in the community.

The COVE selected the first course funded through the pilot program. April Baptiste and Abigail Mechtenberg will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding energy systems globally with a focus on the developing world. Students in their class will work with Hamilton Central School middle school teachers to expand their science curriculum to include lessons about wind turbines, solar panels, hydroelectric generators, electric vehicles, and overall microgrids through project-based learning methodologies.

Students will then travel to Uganda to partner with three universities and one private sector company to enhance public understanding of renewable energy systems under consideration by local communities. This course will be taught in the 2015/16 academic year.


COVE Contributes through Signature Programs

By Contributing Writer on June 14, 2014
Liz Flory `14 and Adrienne Kim `17 help organize supplies at Emmaus House in Utica during Outreach.

Liz Flory ’14 and Adrienne Kim ’17 help organize supplies at Emmaus House in Utica during Outreach.

 

First-Year Orientation Outreach Program
COVE sponsors a three-day pre-orientation service opportunity, called Outreach, for first-year students. Outreachers work in small groups on a variety of community projects designed to assist local organizations and agencies with their significant efforts.

Last year, 18 upperclassmen led 32 first-years in service experiences throughout the Hamilton and Utica communities. After each day of service, students reflected on and discussed what their service experience might mean for their impending four years at Colgate. Overall, the program contributed more than 650 hours of service work in the short three-day span. Read more


Alternative Break Trips Deepen Student Learning

By Contributing Writer on May 25, 2014

 

Students interested in public health traveled to Common River in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia to assist with a community health clinic.

Students interested in public health traveled to Common River in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia, to assist with a community health clinic.

 

The COVE continues to offer opportunities to deepen student understanding of complex social issues by providing opportunities for immersive experiences in environments very different from those available in the local community. Students participate in a series of preparation and reflective activities to create a rich learning opportunity. Alternative break trips are not discrete one-week experiences. In addition to committing to a work-intensive week, students are responsible for attending pre-departure meetings that introduce the participants to the community and organization with which they will be working and the critical issues with which they will be dealing. Read more


Launch of the Common Good Network

By Contributing Writer on April 8, 2014

While many of our students are interested in outreach and volunteerism on campus, they also go on to do great work with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other social good enterprises as alumni.

The recently launched Common Good Network is a way for Colgate alumni and students who are working for the common good to connect with one another.

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How to: Do Well by Doing Good

By esmith on February 26, 2014

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How many times have you heard, ‘you can’t make money working in the common good/non-profit sector? Well, guess what, the non-profit sector is comprised of organizations that do not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but instead, uses them to pursue its goals by reinvesting in the organization. This actually sounds pretty neat and forward thinking if you ask me. Sign me up!

The non-profit and common good sector is actually an exciting and passionate field to pursue. This industry allows individuals to combine their transferable skills with their passions, causes of support, and personal interests into a long lasting career. Read more


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2014

By esmith on February 4, 2014

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In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Jr. day a national day of service, the only such day on the American calendar. According to King, “”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” In the spirit of this fundamental question, people around the country made the day of service “a day on, not a day off” and worked together to do good. Colgate was no exception. Over 150 Colgate students, including myself, signed up to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. afternoon of service following classes on Friday, January 24. Organized through the COVE, we represented the largest Colgate group to participate in the event in recent years. Read more


Rebuilding Together in Oklahoma City

By esmith on February 4, 2014

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It was no surprise that Mrs. Krueger, a 91-year-old single grandmother, had lived in her house for 45 years. Upon our first arrival, we noticed dilapidated windowsills and peeling wallpaper in both of the bedrooms. And yet, there was also clearly a fresh coat of external paint and newly installed doors (courtesy of our host organization, Rebuilding Together). The non-profit had been working on Mrs. Krueger’s house for the past four months, slowly re-doing each of her rooms, re-painting the outside of her house, and helping her re-build the home in which she raised her three children. The inside of the house was filled with memorabilia of her children’s childhoods, and we were there to aid in the protection of those materials, artifacts, and memories. Read more

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