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Max A. Shacknai COVE Recognizes Outstanding Contributions

By Contributing Writer on September 18, 2015
Ewa Protasiuk `15 and Sarah Wooton `15 recipients of the Projects for Peace grant during their work in Uganda.

Ewa Protasiuk ’15 and Sarah Wooton ’15– recipients of the Projects for Peace grant during their work in Uganda.

 
The Max A. Shacknai COVE exists through the efforts of individuals. During the course of Fiscal Year ’15, we have had a number of opportunities to recognize the work of others.

Dean’s Community Service Award
This award is given to the most worthy individual, residential unit, or group at Colgate which through the year immediately preceding the award has given significant service to the local community. This service exemplifies an understanding that we are part of a larger community and that volunteer service and civic participation are part of the responsibility of well-educated women and men. Kristi Carey and Jocelyn Simpson were awarded the 2015 Dean’s Community Service Award. Read more


Max A. Shacknai COVE and Upstate Institute Launch Work-Study Program

By Contributing Writer on September 13, 2015

In the fall of 2015, the Max A. Shacknai COVE and the Upstate Institute will join together with four local community agencies to offer paid internships to federal work-study-eligible students leading to lasting community outcomes and offering students who may not have the option to volunteer time at a nonprofit organization the opportunity to gain professional and leadership skills. Students will be working with the Hamilton Food Cupboard, Town of Hamilton, Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and Community Memorial Hospital. We are delighted to be able to move into this new territory and are eager to report the results of the first year of this new partnership.


Building on Shared Interests

By Contributing Writer on August 13, 2015
Jazmyn McKoy ’17 leading youth activists on a Capitol Hill visit as part of her internship experience at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Jazmyn McKoy ’17 leading youth activists on a Capitol Hill visit as part of her internship experience at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

 

Having the privilege of bringing together two keen interests of the Shacknai family, we were able to work with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to establish a paid summer internship for a student involved in the Max A. Shacknai COVE at TFK. Jazmyn McKoy ’17 held the internship this summer. Jazmyn, an international relations and music double major, founded her own non-profit, Heart of Tabitha, dedicated to providing young ladies in the D.C., area, experiencing economic and/or situational difficulties, with free clothing, shoes, and other essentials such as supplies for school. Jazmyn is also a regular COVE volunteer at a local group home for young women who are facing difficult family circumstances. Read more


Professor Solomon’s Core South Africa First Recipient of Service Learning Grant

By Contributing Writer on July 13, 2015
Professor Solomon, student participants and community partners participating in a community pride event in South Africa

Professor Solomon, student participants and community partners take part in a community pride event in South Africa.

 

In support of Colgate’s strategic plan, the Max A. Shacknai COVE announced the availability of new course development grants that promote civic education in the curriculum in 2014. These grants aim to provide faculty with the resources to offer students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance the work of social change agencies. Read more


Common Good Network Leads to Positive Outcomes in First Year

By Contributing Writer on June 13, 2015

Joining with alumni affairs, career services and advancement, we saw many successes in the first full year of the Common Good Professional Network. Together we hosted a wide variety of events to allow alumni and students to connect around shared interests in careers in the common good sector.  These events helped students to see pathways to careers that are not always straightforward and elevated the work of alumni in the common good sector. Read more


Student-Community Partnerships Experience Success

By Contributing Writer on May 13, 2015
Colgate student volunteer helps Madison Central 4th grader with a craft project.

Colgate student volunteer helps Madison Central 4th grader with a craft project.

 

The Max A. Shacknai COVE advises 39 student-led, community-based volunteer teams. These teams cover a wide range of issues and help students build an abundance of skills. Approximately 700 students representing about 25 percent of the Colgate population participate regularly on a volunteer team. In Fiscal Year ’15, volunteer teams performed more than 24,000 hours of service in the local community. Read more


Alternative Break Trips Deepen Student Learning

By Contributing Writer on April 13, 2015
Colgate students and Pathfinder students during a leadership program activity.

Colgate students and Pathfinder students during a leadership program activity.

 

The Max A. Shacknai COVE continues 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


Max A. Shacknai COVE Continues to Contribute Through Signature Programs

By Contributing Writer on March 13, 2015
Students sorting clothing collect for the Somali Refugee Center during MLK Week.

Students sorting clothing collect for the Somali Refugee Center during MLK Week.

 

First-Year Orientation Outreach Program

Max A. Shacknai COVE sponsors a three-day pre-orientation service opportunity for first-year students called Outreach. “Outreachers” work in small groups on a variety of community projects designed to assist local organizations and agencies with their significant efforts.

This year, 18 upperclassmen led 32 first-year students in service experiences throughout the Hamilton and Utica communities. After each day of service, students reflected 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


Alumni Spotlight

By Contributing Writer on February 13, 2015
Brenda Boyle ’11

Brenda Boyle ’11

 

After 3.5 years in San Francisco fundraising with Room to Read, an international education organization, I’m preparing to pack up and move to Kampala, Uganda for a year fellowship with the Grameen Foundation. Specifically, I’ll be working with TaroWorks, a monitoring & evaluation software platform used in remote areas. It’s a young social enterprise, a slight change from the nonprofit world but still very connected to social impact work. I’ll be doing “lead generation strategy,” which is creating a framework to identify and cultivate the best potential clients. I never thought I’d be doing fundraising/business development, but the liberal arts, apparently, are great at teaching relationship-building skills! Read more


Max A. Shacknai COVE Supports Professional Preparation in the Common Good

By Contributing Writer on January 13, 2015

Levine/Weinberg Fellowship
The Max A. Shacknai 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

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