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.
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.
Sarah Wooton ’15 and Emily Hawkins ’15 are working with the Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program this summer as Field School Fellows. The Partnership is a collaborative project between Utica College and the Utica City School District that aims to motivate elementary and high school students to stay in school, earn their New York State Advanced Regents diploma, and pursue post-secondary education.
Justine Gambale ’15 is majoring in sociology at Colgate, and has taken courses in research methods to develop skills that she is putting into practice this summer as a Field School Fellow. She is working with the Multicultural Association of Medical/Legal Interpreters of New York (MAMI Interpreters) to help them integrate their services into the larger community and to build a sense of community among the interpreters that are providing services in the Upstate region.
Alex Maulden ’16 is working with the Fiver Children’s Foundation this summer to perform a sustainability audit of Camp Fiver, located about five miles from Colgate’s campus in Poolville, New York. She is looking at data from the camp’s operations—energy and water usage, solar energy, composting, recycling, purchasing practices, even cleaning supplies—to recommend more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices that may save the organization money. Her recommendations will detail the cost of proposed changes and factors that the foundation will need to consider when implementing these changes.
Alex Marrone ’16 is majoring in molecular biology at Colgate and intends to go to medical school after graduation. Her education isn’t limited to what she is learning in the classroom, however, and in her two years at Colgate she has taken the opportunity to get involved in a variety of things, from doing taxes through the VITA program, to playing in the Wind Ensemble, to volunteering at an animal shelter. This summer, she wanted to learn even more about the surrounding community and about the organizations that are doing work in the community, so she applied to the Upstate Institute Summer Field School.
Kennedy Pope ’15 is working with the Oneida County Historical Society to further their mission to “collect, preserve and make accessible the past heritage of Oneida County and the upper Mohawk River Valley.” Through the Summer Field School, Kennedy is organizing and researching objects in their collection related to marketing and is developing a website that will provide a retrospective look at Genesee Street and the businesses that have operated on the street in the past.
Emily Luba ’16 is new to the Field School this summer, and is working with two organizations that are new as well. Emily is a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and Geography from Vancouver, and is working with community development start-ups Waterville First and the Horned Dorset Colony.
Jennifer Dias ’16 is working with the Madison County Department of Health this summer to enhance their understanding of vulnerable and at-risk populations, community structures and networks within the City of Oneida that may be factors in the event of a community emergency. In June 2013, the community experienced substantial flooding, and in order to be prepared for a future event, the county department suggested this research project.
Maxine Lammers ’15 is a double major in Studio Art and Environmental Studies at Colgate, and is completing work for three different organizations this summer through the Field School that uses skills she is developing in both of these subjects.