Presented to the faculty member and community partner who best demonstrated the principles of reciprocal, collaborative, and mutually beneficial partnerships. This may include the identification and recognition of each partner’s needs, issues, and challenges or assessment and reflection around the partnership with the goal of improving and sustaining the collaboration for long-term success.
Stephen Monaco, The Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Professor Ellen Notarius, and Professor Erick Karnath
Faculty members in the Communication department and the Buffalo Broadcasters Association have forged a strong relationship and provided an exceptional opportunity for our students. Their work on the TV series “Broadcasting Buffalo” demonstrated the principles of reciprocal, collaborative, and mutually beneficial partnerships.
A unique approach to this partnership was uniting two complementary courses to the partnership and expanding the range of possibility for all students in COM 429 and COM 337. Students in COM 429 were taught how to run an entire studio; from manning the cameras to running the sound board, teleprompter and directing the shows. Students in COM 337 produced the content for the shows; from shooting, writing and editing video news stories to explaining the topic, to writing background information sheets for the hosts, and coming up with questions for the host to ask their guests. Members of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association volunteered hours of their time to ensure the project was a success.
Through these efforts, Stephen Monaco, Professor Notarius, and Professor Karnath have provided a service-learning component that broadens their students’ experiences and strengthens their understanding of both the community and the profession.
Presented to the course that provided exceptional community engagement and connected learning to community work through a service-learning course.
Professor Drew Hemler
Over the past several years, NFS 405 Principles of Nutrition Education has become a truly impressive example of an Outstanding Service-Learning course by teaching communication and collaboration skills for nutrition education planning and delivery, human behavior, and environmental factors that influence health-related choices. Professor Hemler manages mutually beneficial collaborations with the following community organizations: Weigel Health Center, Gloria J. Parks Community Center, First United Methodist Church, Buffalo Public Schools, Compeer of Buffalo, PATH of WNY, and Say Yes Buffalo, while maintaining a dedication to ensuring his students connect with course content. Professor Hemler had students conduct a thorough analysis of assigned populations; develop lesson plans and instructional materials; prepare and train for use of technology, as needed; and implement lesson plans, providing educational sessions to the targeted populations via in-person seminars and workshops, live and virtual remote learning sessions, and/or recorded video sessions. Afterwards, students gauged community program participant learning success and satisfaction. Professor Hemler commended his students for their enthusiasm, dedication, and exceptional work that they provided to their community partners. He indicated that the students genuinely thrived and valued this important experiential learning opportunity, especially when other opportunities were not possible due to the pandemic. Through Drew Hemler’s guidance, students were provided the opportunity to apply principles of nutrition education while learning the ever-changing and challenging landscape of community organization management and processes.
Presented to the student who provided exceptional achievement in a service-learning course through their contribution to the community and ability to connect the experience to course curriculum.
Justin Glose, PSY 381 Psychology of Culture
As a highly engaged student in PSY 381 Psychology of Culture, Justin Glose partnered with the International Institute through the Hello Program, where he taught English to our refugee and immigrant community. Justin was matched with a man from Somalia and did an amazing job working with this individual. Justin dedicated two hours each week for meetings with his student over the span of two months. He also successfully completed an in-depth training offered by the International Institute. Through this meaningful connection with his student, Justin was able to demonstrate his ability to analyze the impact of the experience as it related to the content of the course curriculum. In his reflective journals, Justin provided thoughtful comments about mental health concerns and the psychological adjustment of refugees moving to a new culture, as well as the differences in emotion display rules, perception, and mental health.
Presented to the student organization that provided valuable service to the community, extending its mission and influence beyond the SUNY Buffalo State campus.
Buffalo State Rotaract Club
The Rotaract Club at Buffalo State College is a community service-based organization that helps unite students who share a passion for getting involved. During this academic year, the Buffalo State College Rotaract Club volunteered at several service events and supported many of our community partners in the region including FeedMore WNY, Buffalo City Rotary, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels, and West Side Promise. Students in this organization have clearly demonstrated their commitment to community engagement and are living their organization's mission of "service about self."
Presented to a student who provided exceptional service to the community as a volunteer, not through a service-learning course.
Over the past three years, Elda Pichardo has consistently demonstrated her outstanding commitment to service and leadership through her experience with the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York. Marcelina M. Rodriguez-Rondon, BSC Alumni and Esmeralda Sierra, President, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc., and HHC have expressed their appreciation for Elda's contributions. Elda currently serves as the HHC board secretary, and is also in charge of the program development committee. She has planned many events to help and support the community, including two Taking Care of Our Community events. These events offered groceries, produce, Personal Protective Equipment for 500 families, and COVID-19 testing to attendees. Additionally, Elda coordinated a food distribution for seniors in November, right before Thanksgiving, and a food, PPE, and COVID-19 awareness event this past December for veterans. In addition to the countless hours Elda has dedicated to HHC, she has found time to collaborate and volunteer for other organizations such as the Belle Center and Holy Cross Church. As a very caring and compassionate person, Elda always strives to go above and beyond in helping others.
Presented to the pre-tenure faculty member, or lecturer/adjunct with less than seven years’ experience for innovative and outstanding civic and/or community engagement work. The engagement could include research, teaching, and/or service that is in partnership with the community and tied to a faculty member’s academic expertise.
Dr. Marko Miletich
As a new faculty member, Dr. Marko Miletich has clearly demonstrated his enthusiasm for and commitment to our students and our community. He brings to the classroom a long-standing commitment to service-learning, community-engaged learning, scholarship, and research. We value his knowledge and expertise as well as his willingness to support and share ideas with other community-engaged faculty members at Buffalo State College. During the Spring 2021 semester, Dr. Miletich established SPA 398-Spanish for Health and Social Services as a service-learning course and partnered with the Kidney Foundation of Western New York. Through this important partnership, students were able to work on the translation of documents, pamphlets, and brochures into Spanish. The translated materials will be used to inform our Spanish-speaking neighbors in Western New York about the Kidney Foundation of WNY’s valuable programs and available services. In addition, the project was a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project with the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. Ultimately, this service-learning experience met a critical community need and provided students with a meaningful and high-quality community-engaged learning experience!
Presented to the post-tenure faculty member or lecturer/adjunct with 7-15 years’ experience who has demonstrated on-going integration of civic and community engagement in teaching, research, and/or service, as well as demonstrated commitment and capacity to develop and sustain high-quality reciprocal community partnerships to further our role as an urban-engaged institution.
Dr. Lori Ann Woods
Dr. Lori Ann Woods personifies the attributes we seek in a mid-career faculty award honoree. She has consistently demonstrated ongoing integration of civic engagement in her teaching and her service. The amount of time and attention Dr. Woods devotes to community collaborations is exceptional. Of special note is her integrating service-learning in her CWP courses, forging strong and ongoing relationships with a broad range of not-for-profit agencies here in Western New York. Dr. Woods is present for her first-year students and her community partners, leading by example, whether it is participating in Bengals Dare to Care Day alongside her students or visiting her community partners and her students at their sites. She is also sensitive to the broad range of strengths her students come to her classes with; she starts where they are, not where she would like or expect them to be, and she is sensitive to the stresses that so many of her students face. Dr. Woods works hard to take extenuating circumstances under consideration, especially as it relates to her students’ meeting their service-learning requirement, without compromising her standards. This is well-earned and well-deserved recognition for all her efforts.
Awarded to a member of the campus or community who has built and strengthened institutional commitments to service-learning, civic engagement, and community engagement by demonstrating efforts to deepen and expand Buffalo State’s role as an urban-engaged institution, conducting meaningful community-based research, and/or working to foster long-lasting impacts on students and community.
Tamara Horstman-Riphahn, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Education, demonstrates leadership and innovation, quietly, but with tremendous impact! She has established a professional clothing closet for teacher candidates and continues to maintain this resource for students. She provides assistance to faculty and students in securing funding support and manages the most challenging aspects of international travel for hundreds of our students. As the creative force behind the Teacher Tailgate, where teacher candidates who have participated in a variety of community and international activities share their experiences with potential candidates, Ms. Horstman-Riphahn excels and demonstrates exceptional leadership. She also coordinates the School of Education website section which features alumni stories and shows strong support to local businesses and community-sponsored activities like PUSH Buffalo. In addition, she brings teacher candidates into new situations like the Montessori schools in the Dominican Republic, where future teachers learn how to engage in multi-lingual classrooms and are able to reflect on learning for children living in poverty. This past year, Ms. Horstman-Riphahn has focused on making sure teacher candidates have exposure to international classrooms virtually. Many of our students are from socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds with fewer opportunities to engage with international schools or to visit other countries. By leading and managing the IPDS program, she helps all teacher candidates reach their most astounding potential. Through her service to the college, Ms. Horstman-Riphahn has made incredible contributions to secure Buffalo State’s role as a truly urban-engaged campus.
Presented to a community partner, community agency, group, or institution that demonstrated excellence in collaborative work with Buffalo State, resulting in a partnership that produced positive differences in the community and enhanced student learning.
Lisa Johnson, Compeer Buffalo
A long-standing community partner of Buffalo State College, Lisa Johnson, Director of Volunteer Engagement at Compeer, has consistently demonstrated her commitment to service-learning and she has provided exceptional experiences for our students.
In CRS 610-Advanced Group Problem Solving, during the spring semester, the focus was on mental health, where one-on-one volunteers were matched with youth, adults, older adults, and veterans for a one-year commitment. Ms. Johnson took on the responsibility of three separate projects and she was not deterred by the additional commitment required by her and her staff. Her nominator, John Cabra, emphasized the time and attention she devoted to his partnership by providing a valuable opportunity for his students not only to practice what they are learning in class, but also to develop and deepen their compassion for others and to be better informed about mental health issues.
Service-learning with Compeer contributed to the students’ sense of social responsibility because they recognized how the ideas that emerged from the sessions they facilitated were expected to directly or indirectly support mental health and improve the quality of services provided by Compeer. This partnership also helped them to take their learning of group problem-solving facilitation to a higher level of responsibility and increased their confidence in ways that would not have been possible in the classroom laboratory. From a social justice perspective, Compeer fostered a better student understanding of a demographic that struggles with a variety of mental health issues, and in the process, gained greater empathy for others.
Alia Williams, Junior, Early Childhood and Childhood Education
The Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Alia is a junior majoring in Early Childhood and Childhood Education; she will be part of the 2021 cohort. As a Newman Civic Fellow, Alia will take part in a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. She will have an extensive variety of learning and networking opportunities, and have a community mentor to help foster growth and civic development.
A presidential recognition presented to students who demonstrated extended involvement in community service, service-learning, and other community-based work during their college career.
Faith Lake, Courtney Massias
Neighborhood Advocate - 400 Hours of Service
Gianna Brigante, Hannah Kalmeyer, Peter Capone, Michele Hovey, Jamersin Redfern
Patrick Cox, Olivia Carr, Kham Sian Sang, Kayla Pugh
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