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Max Shacknai COVE Recognizes Outstanding Contributions

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017

The Max Shacknai COVE exists through the efforts of individuals. During the course of the year, 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 that, through the preceding year, 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. Natalie Pudalov, Caroline Correia, and Maia Dinsmore were awarded the 2017 Dean’s Community Service Award.

Newman Civic Fellows Award
Many people see others struggle to overcome barriers — a special few take action to create change. Oneida Shushe ’19 is one of those individuals committed to change. For her actions on behalf of those in need, Campus Compact named her a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Read more about Shushe and the fellowship here.

Projects for Peace
Emma Schoenberger ’17 and Georgia Butcher ’17 were awarded the Projects for Peace award in support of their project, Drone Discussions. This project explored the impact of drone usage in our local community. Drone technology is quickly becoming one of the military’s favorite technologies. Drones accomplish similar objectives to other technologies more cheaply and with a decreased risk of loss of American soldiers’ lives, which is why they are projected to become increasingly important to the American military. They accomplish those goals more cheaply and safely, because drone bases are stationed in the United States while the men and women piloting the drones are half a world away. Drones have major implications for peace not just abroad but also at home. The bases in the United States are closer to home than many may realize. Syracuse has a drone base nestled in its community, near the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Schoenberger and Butcher’s project involved creating a podcast as an accessible source of information for community members about drones and their effects on the Syracuse area.

The project was funded with a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace, an initiative for undergraduate projects designed to find solutions to conflicts. Projects are conducted during the summer and can focus on an issue anywhere in the world, including the U.S. The Projects for Peace grant is available to students in 90 colleges and universities affiliated with the Davis United World College Program, an organization that provides scholarships to its partnered institutions.


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