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Two Students recognized with Upstate Institute Awards

By Chris Henke on April 29, 2016

At Colgate’s annual Awards Convocation, held earlier this week, The Upstate Institute recognized two students in the Class of 2016, Jennifer (Jenn) Dias and Kayleigh Bhangdia, for their outstanding work as fellows in the Summer Field School program.

Jennifer Dias '16 (left) and Kayleigh Bhangdia '16, winners of the 2016 Upstate Institute Awards

Jennifer Dias ’16 (left) and Kayleigh Bhangdia ’16, winners of the 2016 Upstate Institute Awards

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Local Organizations Share Their Perspectives on Community Service

By Chris Henke on April 7, 2016

Colgate’s Konosioni student honor society hosted a panel discussion today on the topic of, “What is Service in Madison County?”  The panel featured representatives from seven local non-profit organizations focused on community service, including Community Bikes, Friends of Rogers, Food Bank of CNY, Hamilton Food Cupboard, Fiver Children’s Foundation, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, and Community Action Partnership.  Konosioni member Chris Noda ’16 moderated the panel, which included discussion of both how service benefits those in our community facing challenges and needs, but also provides new understandings and connections for those who give of their time and other resources.

Representatives from seven local community service organizations share their perspectives on the value of service.

Representatives from seven local community service organizations share their perspectives on the value of service.

Each of these community organizations are also featured in the MadisonCountyGives.org website, providing an opportunity to provide financial support for these causes.  So far this year Konosioni has helped to raise more than $40,000 for these seven organizations; please visit the website and consider a contribution of your own!

You can also support Konosioni’s efforts by attending their annual charity auction, held starting at 8pm on Friday, April 8, in the Hall of Presidents.


Upstate Funded Project on Drone Warfare at Palace Theater March 21

By Upstate Institute on February 25, 2016

Jacob Mundy, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Valerie Morkevicius, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will hold a public symposium at the Palace Theater in Hamilton on March 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm. “Drone Warfare and the Implication for Upstate New York” will include participants Daniel R. Brunstetter, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California at Irvine; Charles J Dunlap, Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke School of Law; and Nicholas Rostow, Charles Evans Hughes Visiting Chair of Government and Jurisprudence, Colgate University. Harry Murray, Professor of Sociology, Nazareth University and member of Upstate Drone Action, will respond.

The federal government’s desire to increased the range and precision of counterterrorism targeting programs with drones means that drones are often operated from bases inside the United States, including Hancock Air Force Base near Syracuse. While there is already a rich debate over the effects of drone warfare on the areas it targets, the implications of drone warfare for communities that host such programs is poorly understood. The participants in this symposium will collectively explore the significant yet unexplored consequences of drone warfare on those who are exposed to it and those who wage it.


Scenes from the “Local Food Cultures” Series

By Chris Henke on September 30, 2015

On September 17 and 18 the Upstate Institute (in partnership with Colgate’s Lampert Institute) sponsored a two day series of events on the topic of, “Local Food Cultures: Traditions and Futures.”  Each of the events in the series was very well attended by our campus community as well as by our neighbors interested in the topics of food, politics, culture, and environment.  If you couldn’t join us, click below for some highlights from the events.

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Three Faculty Awarded Course Development Grants

By Upstate Institute on September 29, 2015

Janel Benson of Sociology and Anthropology, Jessica Graybill of Geography (“Urban Geography”), and Tim McCay of Biology (“Applied Natural Resource Conservation”) were recently awarded course development grants through the Upstate Institute.

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Local Food Cultures Events Scheduled

By Chris Henke on September 16, 2015

The role of regionally-based food systems, their role in our history and culture, and the promise and perils of depending on locally-sourced food in coming decades was the focus of a series of events in September, held by the Upstate Institute and the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs at Colgate. Read more


Anna McHugh ’17 works with local trail organizations

By Upstate Institute on August 28, 2015

This post was written by Anna McHugh ’17

Madison County is home to a variety of recreational trails open to the public. Trails in the United States began as hunting and transportation paths for Native American tribes. Walking for pleasure is the most popular outdoor recreation activity in the United States. Local trails continue to be ideal areas because of the diversity and suitability for many different activities and experiences. The Chenango Canal Association and Southern Madison Heritage Trust aim to protect, preserve, maintain, and improve local trails and reserves. This summer research focused on promoting the newest addition to SMHT’s property, the Gateway Reserve, as well as maintaining trails such as the Chenango Canal Towpath.

Anna McHugh '17 at the Gateway Reserve

Anna McHugh ’17 at the Gateway Reserve

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Cynthia Vele ’17 works with Young Scholars to measure success among students

By Upstate Institute on August 21, 2015

This post was written by Cynthia Vele ’17

The Upstate Institute granted me the opportunity to work as a Summer Field school Fellow with the youth of Utica: a largely migrant-populated community. I came into this job knowing that education was not as accessible as one might assume, and for those children that come from refugee families, families with less schooling, etc., it is close to impossible. In a society where meritocracy has been proven myth and those with social, economic, and political privilege are given preference over other groups, these children have always had to deal with the odds being against them. Luckily, organizations like the Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program have been created to cater to the needs of these children who lack the necessary resources and opportunities that other more affluent children tend to have. This issue is a systematic one and cannot be solved by simply investing money into programs and yet it is most definitely a step in the positive direction.

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Jessica Pearce ’18 walks in footsteps of abolitionists

By Upstate Institute on August 21, 2015
This post was written by Jessica Pearce ’18

This summer, I had the opportunity to work at The National Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro, New York. The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum honors antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery, and the legacy of that struggle, and strives to complete the second and ongoing abolition – the moral conviction to end racism. I have always had a passion for studying history, especially American history of the Antebellum South, Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movements of the late 50’s, 60’s and beyond.

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Phyo Thant ’16 conducts study of economic impact of Madison County’s cultural and heritage tourism

By Upstate Institute on August 15, 2015
This post was written by Phyo Thant ’16
Phyo Thant '16 at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in Madison County, New York

Phyo Thant ’16 at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in Madison County, New York

This summer I have been working with Madison County Cultural and Heritage Tourism (MCCHT) committee. One of the objectives of MCCHT is to direct more efficient allocation of funding and resources to the promotion of the county’s cultural heritage tourism. To this goal, MCCHT is conducting an economic impact study project to provide evidence of economic relevance of cultural heritage organizations in the county. I am helping MCCHT with this project, and my work involves finalizing the gaps from the data collected from different arts and culture institutions, analyzing the data, writing a summary report, and preparing promotional and marketing materials for MCCHT.

 Our findings show that nonprofit arts and culture is a $4.64 million industry in the Madison County. We estimate that this represents 0.27% of total output (GDP total of all industries) of the county. In addition, the arts and culture industry, directly and indirectly, supports 100 full-time equivalent jobs, which accounts for 0.47% of the county’s total employment, contributes $2,272,778 in resident household income, and generates $455,614 in local and state government revenue each year. To conclude, this study proves that investing in the arts and culture delivers economic benefits for all stakeholders in the local community.

Eighteen nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county – museums, theaters and art galleries, historic parks and sites – participated in our survey. The study follows the model of Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, a similar but national-wide economic impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nations’ leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The table below summarizes the major findings in this study. Data presented for other study regions are obtained from Arts and Economic Prosperity IV National Statistical Report.

 

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