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Max A. Shacknai COVE Recognizes Outstanding Contributions

By Contributing Writer on August 13, 2016

The Max A. Shacknai COVE exists through the efforts of individuals. During the course of year, we have had a number of opportunities to recognize the work of others, through awards such as:

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. Emily Luba and Danielle Putur were awarded the 2016 Dean’s Community Service Award. Read more


Common Good Network Enriches Career Options

By Contributing Writer on July 13, 2016
Professor Ryan Solomon shares insights from his service learning course with recent alumni.

Professor Ryan Solomon shares insights from his service learning course with recent alumni.

Joining with Alumni Affairs, Career Services, and Advancement, the Common Good Professional Network continues to grow and offer many networking and development opportunities for students and alumni. Two key initiatives this year saw great success.

Be the Change Weekend

More than a dozen Colgate University alumni made the trip to Hamilton last October for the first-ever Be the Change: Careers for the Common Good Symposium. The symposium focused on building alumni-student relationships and advancing careers in the common good sector, which includes nonprofits, education, government, and other enterprises for social good. Read more


Student-Community Partnerships Experience Success

By Contributing Writer on June 13, 2016
Colgate mentors and Madison middle school members of Ophelia’s Girls.

Colgate mentors and Madison middle school members of Ophelia’s Girls.

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 650 students representing about 23% of the Colgate population participate regularly in a volunteer team. This year, volunteer teams performed more than 18,000 hours of service in the local community. Read more


Service Learning Grant Supports Work on the Environmental Impact of Tourism

By Contributing Writer on May 13, 2016
Students tour mangrove forests in Puerto Rico.

Students tour mangrove forests in Puerto Rico.

In support of Colgate’s strategic plan, the Max A. Shacknai COVE announced the availability of a new course development grants that promote civic education in the curriculum. 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.

April Baptiste, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, was awarded the course development grant this year to support her Caribbean Ecology course. She writes of the course:

When I decided to add a service component to my Caribbean Ecology and Environmental Concerns class, I envisioned using the physical environment to have students work alongside a community organization to achieve a particular goal that is set by the community partner. This decision was easy for me as I believe that service is one form of justice and wanted to provide the opportunity for students to think about justice in a different way – i.e. outside of the traditional judicial sense. Read more


Alternative Break Trips Deepen Student Learning

By Contributing Writer on April 13, 2016
Students volunteering at pop-up food cupboard in Washington DC.

Students volunteering at pop-up food cupboard in Washington DC.

The Max A. Shacknai COVE continues to offer opportunities to deepen student understanding of complex social issues by providing 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, 2016
Students pitched in to help Utica residents as part of a first-year pre-orientation program.

Students pitched in to help Utica residents as part of a first-year pre-orientation program.

First-Year Orientation Outreach Program

COVE sponsors a 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-years 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. Read more


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

By Contributing Writer on February 13, 2016
Human rights activists in South Africa.

Human rights activists in South Africa.

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:

Miranda Scott ’18 interned at Africa Unite in Cape Town this summer. Africa Unite is a human rights and youth empowerment organization that works with citizens, refugees and migrants to prevent conflicts, enhance social cohesion, and promote socioeconomic development. It was formed in 2001 in response to violence against asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in a sprawling, impoverished, predominantly black township on the outskirts of Cape Town. Africa Unite focuses on building the knowledge and skills of Human Rights Peer Educators, facilitating reciprocal learning exchanges with community-based and migrant-led structures, and creating a platform for intercultural exchange and dialogue between local, refugee and migrant communities in South Africa. Read more


Max Shacknai COVE and Upstate Institute Launch Work-Study Program

By Contributing Writer on January 13, 2016

In the fall of 2015, the Max Shacknai COVE and the Upstate Institute joined together with local community agencies to offer paid internships to federal work-study-eligible students leading to lasting community outcomes and offering students who may not had the option to volunteer time at a nonprofit organization the opportunity to gain professional and leadership skills. Students worked at the Partnership for Community Development (PCD), Chenango Nursery School, Community Action Partnership, and Hamilton Food Cupboard. This program allowed students interested in gaining a deeper experience in nonprofit administration some hands-on, long-term, in-depth work. Projects provided capacity building assistance to the organizations with which we partnered. One student conducted an inventory and needs assessment of home-based businesses in the Hamilton area to assist the PCD in identifying gaps to fill in this segment of the Hamilton business community. Students who worked with the other three organizations provided data analysis and technology assistance to increase communication and evidence-based decision making for their organizations. We saw several win-win outcomes to this program in the first year and aim to grow the program in future years to offer more internships with community benefits.


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.

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