The Upstate Institute Field School Fellows will present the results of their research projects completed in conjunction with community organizations and municipalities throughout the region on Friday, July 31 at 10:00 am in the Atrium of the Ho Science Center. Students will be on hand to discuss their projects and to ask questions, and many of the community organizations with which they are working will be in attendance as well. Coffee and refreshments will be available!
Chi Nguyen ’18 of Hanoi, Vietnam, is working with the Chenango United Way, which is a funding organization in nearby Norwich, New York. Chi is working with members of their staff and board to conduct site visits for the organizations that receive funding through the United Way. She is developing a new rubric that the organization can use during two site visits each year to evaluate programs, and she is attending the mid year site visits with review panel volunteers to score and give feedback to program organizers to acknowledge their programs’ strengths and weaknesses, along with their achievements and challenges.
Kris Pfister ’17 is a Studio Art major from Galion, Ohio, and is working with two different arts organizations this summer as a Field School Fellow. She is helping the Horned Dorset Colony (HDC) in Leonardsville, New York to connect with artist residents, locate funding for programming, and organize their library of 15,000 books. She is working with the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts (Golden) in New Berlin, New York to compile a master spreadsheet with data about artwork donated to the Foundation and create an updated Foundation mailing list.
Kayleigh Bhangdia, ’16 of Poughquag, New York, and Olivia Gamble, ’15 of Westfield, Massachusetts, are working with the Madison County Department of Health this summer. Kayleigh is using GIS (geographic information systems) to map private well water and potential water contaminants in Madison County, while Olivia is reviewing data on expecting and new mothers and their babies to learn more about breastfeeding rates and lead in the home.
Christopher Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology, begins a three year term as Director of the Upstate Institute on July 1, 2015. In this position, Henke will oversee the programs and initiatives of the Institute, and will continue to strengthen connections between Colgate faculty and the greater Upstate New York community. He will work with Project Director Julie Dudrick, who oversees the Upstate Institute Summer Field School and community-based research throughout the academic year.
Jerod Gibson-Faber, ’16, from Canastota, New York is majoring in history at Colgate, and working with the Oneida County Historical Society as a Field School Fellow. Each summer, the Historical Society invites a student to create an exhibit for the main hall, on a subject of his or her choosing that has relevance to the history of Utica and the surrounding area. As a soccer player, Jerod has chosen to create an exhibit about local sports and he is now three weeks in to the project and gathering information articles and artifacts for display. He has quickly discovered that there is a rich history in the region of a variety of sports, from baseball to basketball to soccer to the Olympics.
Nihar Shah ’16 of Nairobi, Kenya is quickly learning that Sculpture Space in Utica is a complex and creative place to work. Located in the center of Utica, Sculpture Space is a resource for sculptors from around the world that provides an opportunity for creative exploration, community collaboration and public engagement. The organization promotes interaction between visiting artists and the local community, and gives the public an opportunity to meet innovative artists and learn about contemporary sculpture.
Katelyn Parker ’16 is putting her double major in environmental studies and geography into practice this summer as a Field School Fellow with the Lake Moraine Association. She is working on several projects that aim to limit the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) into the lake, which is about three miles north of the Colgate University campus.
Though the 2015 Summer Field School has just begun, On Tim Tang ’17 has already been working on her Summer Field School project for several weeks because she had previous experience in working with her community partner: the Legal Aid Society of Mid New York (LASMNY). In the spring semester, “OT” was involved in the Consumer Bankruptcy Law Project, a volunteer program in which students receive training on bankruptcy law and legal ethics, and then work under LASMNY supervision to prepare bankruptcy schedules for clients. These schedules are then used to recruit pro bono attorneys to represent the clients in bankruptcy court for free.
The Colgate University Libraries will continue its University Library Colloquium series with an event on April 1st that will feature a panel discussion on public scholarship. The event will be cosponsored by the Upstate Institute and chaired by Upstate Institute Director Ellen Percy Kraly. Panelists will include April Baptiste (Professor of Environmental Studies), Dan Schult (Hetherington Professor of Mathematics), and Nicole Simpson (Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives).
The event will be from 12:15 – 1:15 pm in Case-Geyer 560, and lunch will be available. Please RSVP Karen Johnson, email@example.com , if you will be attending.