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.
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 Upstate Institute is currently accepting applications from current Colgate students who are interested in conducting research with a local organization through the Upstate Institute Summer Field School. The Field School partners students with not-for-profit, community, or municipal organizations to conduct research projects that have a positive social, economic, cultural or environmental impact on the Upstate region. Through a Field School Fellowship, students strengthen their skills while building the capacity of the community organization with which they are working. The Field School allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing Upstate New York and a stronger appreciation for what the region has to offer. Read more
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.
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.