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Chelsea Mohr ’17 Wins Upstate Institute Award

By Chris Henke on May 8, 2017

Each year the Upstate Institute recognizes one or more students with our Upstate Institute Award, given to students who have dedicated themselves to supporting our Upstate New York community with outstanding service and scholarship.  We are proud to award the 2017 Upstate Institute Award to Chelsea Mohr!  Chelsea is a senior Sociology major and Film and Media Studies minor who has provided research support to Madison County’s Community Action Partnership (CAP), an organization coordinating a range of social service resources to area residents.  Chelsea first began her work with CAP though Associate Professor of Sociology Janel Benson‘s course on Community Based Research during the Spring 2016 semester, where the class worked with CAP to assess the results of a mentoring program pairing adult mentors with youth ages 8-16.   Chelsea then continued this work during Summer 2016 through a research position (again supervised by Prof Benson) that partnered with CAP to assess the long-term impact of their mentoring program, by contacting alumni of the program, now in their late teens and twenties.  The results of Chelsea’s research demonstrated the effectiveness of the program, and, in turn, Chelsea and Prof Benson brought this research back to campus earlier this term, where they hosted a well-attended workshop for Colgate students about best practices for mentorship.

Congratulations to Chelsea!  And a big thank you to Prof Benson for your support and to CAP for your partnership on these projects.

Chelsea Mohr ’17 (l), winner of the 2017 Upstate Institute Award, with Professor Chris Henke, Faculty Director of the Upstate Institute.

Burke Chair Dr. Andy Pattison Hosts Events for Colgate’s 13 Days of Green

By Chris Henke on May 2, 2017

Dr. Andy Pattison, this year’s Burke Chair of Regional Studies, was busy during Colgate’s celebration of Earth Day and the 13 Days of Green that led up to it.  Dr. Pattison hosted two events, including a presentation and Q&A session with Dr. Cameron Brick of the Department of Psychology at Hamilton College (on April 11) and a panel of community members and students engaged through his course on local climate change planning (on April 21).

Drs. Pattison and Brick (seated at table in center) discuss the topic, “Why We Know What to Do and Still Fail to Protect the Environment,” in Donovan’s Pub.

Chris Rossi (standing left) discusses collaborative work with students from Dr. Pattison’s (standing right) course on local climate change planning in the ALANA Center.