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COVE Extends and Receives Praise

By Contributing Writer on August 11, 2013
Colgate students extend their helping hands to the elderly residents of the Madison Lane Apartments.

Colgate students extend their helping hands to the elderly residents of the Madison Lane Apartments.

The Max Shacknai COVE exists through the efforts of individuals. During the course of Fiscal Year ’13, our work has drawn attention — and provided us with the opportunity 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: 

Haeun “Lily” Kim ’15, who will work in South Korea applying her academic experience to her home community. She will be working at St. Francis College, providing humanities education to homeless community members through the idea that this instruction can provide cultural capital and the skills to improve personal and social situations.

Si Yun Zou ’14, who will be working at the Educational Alliance (her alma mater), a nonprofit organization in New York City that seeks to break the cycle of poverty for low-income children and families through preschool, after-school, and college-prep programs.

Dean’s Community Service Award
Colgate was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. For the full story, visit colgate.edu/2013shr.

Newman Civic Fellows Award
Many people note the problems and injustice that they see in society — a special few take action to create change. Lily Kim ’15 is one of those committed individuals. For her actions on behalf of those in need, Campus Compact named her a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow. Read more about Lily and the fellowship here.

Notes of thanks
As we extended and received praise while pursuing our mission, we also heard from our community partners. Here is a sample of the comments that arrived in our inbox last year.

“Thank you all. You make such a huge difference in the confidence of my students, and I love to see their faces light up when you guys are coming!!”

— Connie Rasmussen, Teacher at Stockbridge Valley Elementary

“I wanted to drop you a quick e-mail just to thank you for the tremendous team of Colgate students that you sent to us last week. Each of them is a special person who came to Pathfinder full of enthusiasm, ideas and a desire to learn from their experience here. All of our Village residents benefited from their time with us…and I know that they made a lasting impression on all of us. COVE is a special gem of Colgate University…and we are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of its mission and talented student members.”

— Helen E. Stepowany, Director of The Kennedy Willis Center at Pathfinder Village

“Colgate students and staff comprise over 30 percent of the volunteer force for Liberty Resources’ 24/7 hotline. The program would not run without the help of these individuals.”

— Liberty Resources staff

“The Colgate volunteers were great with the children, and they really enjoyed each time they walked into the classroom. They really loved visiting “the big kids school” and still talk about the “star” movie they saw. I have one that is totally addicted to outer space now and his Mom had to take him to the local library to get more books on planets and such.” – Beth Boratyn, Teacher at Morrisville-Eaton School


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