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Burke Chair to host event on climate change November 12

By Upstate Institute on November 3, 2014

Narrating Change Poster_optThe Upstate Institute will host an interactive event on the art and science of environmental storytelling in the wake of climate change. “Narrating Change” will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm in the O’Connor Campus Center (The Coop) TV Room. The interactive, participatory event will explore the implications of climate change for all of us with the help of different types of storytellers—from the arts, theater, biology and ecology, anthropology. Panelists will help participants explore the stories and experiences of our community in a changing climate, and think through the power of these stories to motivate empathy and action in that community.

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Philanthropists at Colgate designate Madison County Gives as 5K beneficiary

By Upstate Institute on October 15, 2014

The Philanthropists at Colgate house will organize a 5K race on Saturday, October 25 as part of Colgate’s Family Weekend, and they have designated Madison County Gives as the recipient of any funds raised during the event. Race participants may register for the race here.

Madison County Gives, a new partnership between the Upstate Institute and the Konosioni Senior Honor Society, is an online crowd-funding platform that will connect not-for-profit organizations that provide services to residents of Madison County, New York with students and community members through web-based fundraising campaigns. This site will provide an avenue for direct funding for local organizations from students and campus groups, and from individuals in Madison County and beyond. The site will also provide easily accessible information about the important work that is being done in the community by organizations. The site will launch on December 1, 2014.

Funds raised through the PAC 5K will be distributed equally among the eight organizations that will be funded by Madison County Gives. These organizations are:

  • Caz Cares
  • Chenango Nursery School
  • Community Bikes
  • Community Action Partnership’s Mary Rose Center
  • Emmaus House
  • Kelberman Center
  • Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association



Ethan Liu ’16 learns the importance of clear communication in computer applications

By Upstate Institute on September 2, 2014

Ethan Liu ’16 is a computer science major from Chongqing, China who wanted to complete a Field School Fellowship this summer by using some of the skills that he is developing through his computer science courses at Colgate. The Upstate Institute matched him with Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, where he worked with their staff to create tools that will help them work more efficiently.

Ethan Liu '16 and Kendall Drexler at the offices of Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County

Ethan Liu ’16 and Kendall Drexler at the offices of Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County

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Galusky named Burke Chair for Regional Studies

By Upstate Institute on August 28, 2014

The Upstate Institute at Colgate University welcomes Dr. Wyatt Galusky, Associate Professor of Humanities at Morrisville State College, to campus this fall as the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair for Regional Studies at Colgate University.

Dr. Galusky has a Ph. D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and degrees in philosophy from the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University. His teaching specialties include science technology and society, and environmental studies; and his research interests center on animals in agriculture and public engagement with science and technology. His publication list includes several articles and reviews, some of which have appeared in places such as Engineers, Scientists, and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement; Science as Culture; Science, Technology and Human Values; and Environmental Ethics.

Established in 2006 by Stephen Burke ’80 and Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81, the Endowed Chair for Regional Studies was created to support and recognize outstanding scholars whose research interests focus on upstate New York.

Sarah Katz ’16 collects data for Friends of Rogers Environmental Center

By Upstate Institute on August 25, 2014

Sarah Katz ’16 spent her summer at Colgate working with Friends of Rogers through the Upstate Institute Summer Field School. Friends of Rogers is an organization that operates and provides community programming at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in nearby Sherburne. The organization is working to develop a way to evaluate programming offered by the Center and gather information on ways to increase successful programming at Rogers. They are looking at how their school field trip programs operate and determining ways to increase enrollment in programs for students during the year.

Geology major Sarah Katz '16 collected data on programming at Rogers Environmental Center this summer.

Geology major Sarah Katz ’16 collected data on programming at Rogers Environmental Center this summer.

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Mallory Keller ’17 works on assessment with Pathfinder Village’s Otsego Academy

By Upstate Institute on August 15, 2014

Mallory Keller ‘17 completed the end of her first year at Colgate by accepting a Field School Fellowship to work with Pathfinder Village in West Edmeston. Pathfinder Village provides program services and supports for children and adults with Down syndrome and related developmental disabilities. The Pathfinder School currently provides educational instruction for residential and day students beginning at age 5. Opening in 2014, Pathfinder’s Otsego Academy will offer a 2 year post secondary college experience for young adults who have completed high school or its equivalent. The academy will combine functional academics with vocational employment preparation within the Pathfinder Village campus.

Mallory Keller '17 at Pathfinder Village

Mallory Keller ’17 at Pathfinder Village

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Yusra Siddique ’16 collects data on county’s Open Farm Day

By Upstate Institute on August 15, 2014

Yusra Siddique ’16 spent her summer working with the Madison County Agricultural Economic Development (AED) program to organize Open Farm Day. On July 26, 35 farms and three farmers’ markets welcomed visitors to learn about the small farm production process. The event is unique and well publicized, and brings visitors from across the region. The event is designed to help small farms reach out to new customers in an attempt to help them compete with larger grocery chains that have the resources to reach a larger consumer base. Open Farm Day brings customers closer to the production process and shows them the value of local purchasing.

Yusra Siddique '15 collects data on Open Farm Day at Fruit of the Fungi farm.

Yusra Siddique ’16 collects data on Open Farm Day at Fruit of the Fungi farm.

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Lauren Kasparson ’15 applies an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Upstate Institute on July 30, 2014

Lauren Kasparson ’15 is majoring in neuroscience at Colgate and is completing a Summer Field School Fellowship at the Kelberman Center, an organization in Utica that is dedicated to the advancement of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Lauren is working as a part of Kelberman’s Awesome Summer Days camp, a five-week summer program designed to increase inter-camper socialization through a variety of fun activities. Lauren is helping to create and implement an assessment tool that will measure qualitative and quantitative progress and help document social skill improvements in individual campers. By the end of the summer the social skill measures Lauren is collecting will allow Kelberman to see which specific tools are most effective for campers. It will also allow their staff and counselors to provide information to parents and families about their child’s social skill development and how it has changed at their time at camp.

Lauren Kasparson '15 with a camper at the Awesome Summer Days Camp.

Lauren Kasparson ’15 with a camper at the Awesome Summer Days Camp.

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Monica Murphy ’16 works with local trail organizations

By Upstate Institute on July 23, 2014

Monica Murphy ’16 is working with two organizations that preserve and promote a local trail as an historic and public recreation site. The Chenango Canal Association, located in Bouckville, works to preserve the canal, surrounding waters and lands and maintains five miles of trail along the canal towpath and three miles of trail extension in the Village of Hamilton.  Similarly, the Chenango Greenway Conservancy, located in Norwich, maintains a series of public recreational trails along the Chenango River, the former Ontario & Western Railroad, and the historic corridor of the Chenango Canal, and focuses on establishing a Riverwalk Trail in Norwich.

Monica Murphy '16 at the Chenango Canal in Bouckville.

Monica Murphy ’16 at the Chenango Canal in Bouckville.

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Brendan Walsh ’15 works with Town of Hamilton and Impact Project

By Upstate Institute on July 22, 2014

Brendan Walsh ’15 is a Colgate history major who is working for two different organizations this summer as a Field School Fellow. He is putting his major to use for the Town of Hamilton by conducting archival research and organizing the town’s documents to determine what should be retained and what should be destroyed. He is using the town archive to create a complete timeline of the history of Hamilton, which will be on display in the town office window at the end of the summer.  Along with the timeline, the display he creates will feature archival pieces found during his work and will highlight their importance in the history of the town.

Brendan Walsh '15 works with Sue Reymers in the Town of Hamilton office.

Brendan Walsh ’15 works with Sue Reymers in the Town of Hamilton office.

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