SUNY Oswego has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, one of only two SUNY campuses to achieve the national designation this year.
It is the third consecutive year the Corporation for National and Community Service has accorded the “with Distinction” title to Oswego, though the college has been on the honor roll for community service since its inception in 2006.
“It’s a prestigious honor,” said Alyssa Amyotte, the college’s coordinator for service learning and community service.
Colleges chosen for the list “reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities,” wrote the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Amyotte said SUNY Oswego—which has received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification for embedding community service throughout the institution—totaled 44,000 hours of service among at least 1,500 students in 2011-12.
Colleges may highlight three major projects in their applications. For the year 2011-2012, SUNY Oswego submitted its Mentor-Scholar program; a Binghamton flood relief project, and the college’s Alternative Break program for volunteerism around the country and abroad.
Ben Truesdail ’13 volunteered six to nine hours a week as site coordinator for Mentor-Scholar, which pairs SUNY Oswego students with middle-school students in the Oswego City School District, providing twice-weekly homework support, companionship and a willing ear with the goal of reducing the high school dropout rate.
Truesdail is a vocational teacher preparation major who plans to student teach in the fall. “Community service has involved me with the Oswego community. It has helped my personal growth. I’ve been able to work with students, some with disabilities, and it has really taught me a lot.” In fall 2011, in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Tucker Sholtes ’15 began a series of trips to his hometown of Binghamton with friends and colleagues in the School of Business to rip out insulation, carpet and floorboards soaked by the flooded Susquehanna River.
“Alyssa helped me get everything going,” Sholtes said. The then-freshman made presentations across campus and applied for grants that eventually totaled about $3,000 by last spring to purchase swing sets for flood-ravaged families. He made four trips to Binghamton with groups ranging from 15 to 100 SUNY Oswego students and staff, Habitat for Humanity volunteers and high school friends.
Sholtes said he has gone from directionless high school student to officer in two School of Business organizations, a seat on his residence hall’s advisory board and a job in the service learning office.
The 2013 President’s Honor Roll for Higher Education Community Service names 690 colleges and universities nationwide; in New York, Syracuse University, SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Albany are among those on the list. Of the total, 113 received the “with Distinction” designation, with Cortland joining Oswego as the only campuses so honored in SUNY.
— Jeff Rea ’71
For the second straight year, SUNY Oswego appeared among the select group of schools named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction — a list Oswego has made every year since its 2006 debut.
Jerry Jones ’67, M ’71 is driven by faith. And faith has driven him in some interesting directions over the years: a teacher, a taxman, a caregiver, a world traveler.
Students are invited to help people in need in the local community while saving the environment by donating goods that they no longer need. With help from the Newman Center’s People Against Poverty program, SUNY Oswego began the Leave Green program.
Numbers mean a lot to Patti Fennessy Novy ’89. She has 0 tolerance for breast cancer, which claimed the life of 1 sister-in-law and struck 3 close friends. She would do anything so her 2 daughters don’t have to face the disease.
A new Mentor-Scholar Program will pair as many as 75 SUNY Oswego students with Oswego Middle School students identified as at risk of dropping out before graduation.
SUNY Oswego, named each time to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006, has earned the designation “with Distinction” for the 2009-10 academic year. Oswego is one of only 114 colleges around the country to win the prestigious designation.
The Carnegie Foundation has awarded SUNY Oswego a prestigious Community Engagement Classification, recognizing that the college has deeply intertwined community engagement in its leadership, curriculum, outreach programs, strategic planning and community partnerships.
Civic Ventures honored Virginia “Ginny” Donohue ’88, executive director and founder of On Point for College, as a 2010 Purpose Prize Fellow at a November ceremony in Philadelphia. Purpose Prizes honor Americans over age 60 for making an extraordinary impact in their encore careers.
Selected graduate students in agricultural and mathematics education now will have the opportunity to combine Peace Corps service and a master’s degree.
The new partnership is part of the Peace Corps Master’s International program. It fits well with Oswego’s many global awareness initiatives, President Deborah F. Stanley said.
Barbara Garii, associate dean of the School of Education, said the program, approved to begin this spring, should have 10 students in a year or so, and build to about 25.
For more information or to learn how to apply, visit oswego.edu/academics/graduate/Peace_Corps
— Jeff Rea ’71