CSCCE Fall 2012 Newsletter

 

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center for sustainable communities civic engagement cscce news events fall 2012 university of botswana theatre troupe performs at buffalo high schools another great year for wny earth day committee ­ party for the planet over 400 families enjoyed party for the planet the event is a collaboration of the buffalo zoo wny earth day committee and daemen college cscce there were 24 environmental organizations providing information for families on caring for the environment and fun activities that reinforce the information university of botswana students with lafayette high school principal naomi cerre seven students and two professors from the university of botswana africa spent a week on the daemen campus in april this group a theatre troupe presented a moving performance about the aids epidemic in botswana at the annual daemen college academic festival the center for sustainable communities and civic engagement in collaboration with the daemen visual and performing arts department also arranged for three performances at several of our partner high schools in buffalo students at lafayette south park and olmsted high schools saw this eye opening performance and engaged in discussion with the actors after each performance.this collaboration provided the university of botswana students with a glimpse of life in an american high school it also provided our high school students with an opportunity to understand the true impact the aids epidemic has on everyone in botswana the lost lady bug project is always a bit hit at the event dr brenda young and daemen grad martin kotoroko-yiadom prepare cscce display university of botswana students visit mcdonald s for the first time mama s kitchen band with recycled pans and silverware for instruments is a favorite with the children.

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seneca-babcock news west side news south park high school daemen collaboration job readiness program graduates seneca babcock teens at a ceremony held at the first niagara bank headquarters in august nine teens from the seneca street church in seneca babcock participated in a graduation ceremony for successfully completing a six week job readiness program this program was led by joe and lindsey peters with mentoring and facilitation assistance from first niagara employees funding for this program was provided to the seneca street community development corporation by the first niagara foundation s mentoring matters program the daemen college physician assistant and athletic training programs collaborated on a new program with south park high school in south buffalo this spring the daemen students provided physicals for high school student athletes and for students seeking working papers the cscce helped to facilitate this collaboration which assisted south park families who could not afford physicals or for those without medical insurance one day one team making a difference on april 13 2012 daemen faculty students and staff participated in the first annual one day one team making a difference event a team from daemen worked in the babcock neighborhood garden in seneca babcock a community vegetable garden with 20 raised beds for local residents refugee teen empowerment program the success of the cscce s refugee teen empowerment program at lafayette high school continues of the 22 seniors in this year s program 21 or 95 are enrolled in college this fall two of these lafayette seniors are now enrolled in the freshman class at daemen in june of 2012 daemen college was awarded $875 from the american association of university women aauw buffalo chapter through its 2012 grassroots grants program funds will be used to purchase regents exam preparation books for youth participating in the refugee teen empowerment program in the 2012-13 academic year this summer daemen college was also awarded $5000 from the josephine goodyear foundation fund for the program these funds will be used to support pay of certified teachers the refugee teen empowerment program also receives support from the erie county youth bureau.

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cscce fruit belt news events national night out in the fruit belt am p er summerlanguage arts theater camp eng li l sh an guagea ar ts b c th at arts c e daemen graduate martin kotoroko-yiadom provides information about daemen college from left the final celebration at musicalfare theater camper enjoying her first year mayor brown is a frequent visitor of national night out activities in the fruitbelt neighborhood students from aloma d johnson fruit belt community charter school and amherst central schools attended summer camp at daemen from july 9-20 2012 the camp is a collaborate effort of the thomas reynolds center center for sustainable communities civic engagement daemen college visual performing arts department musicalfare theater and project flight graduate assistants in the reynold s center master s program served as teachers for the camp and did an outstanding job art activities were coordinated by carla reeves daemen grad and ann smith artists in residence at roswell park cancer institute campers wrote the script made props and put together their costumes for the final celebration mixed-up fairy tales the providence fund was a major funder for the program 2012 day of caring morning language arts activities the famous daemen van picked up students each morning daemen employees taking a break at locust street art with founder molly bethel thank you to new partners in the fruit belt several daemen faculty and administrators are joining with minister chapman and the fruit belt partnership to assist with plans for providing more services and educational opportunities for the community youth and adults more details next issue one day one teamin the fruit belt visiting nursing students from china enjoy their tour of locust street art daemen staff and students combine for a day of service at the gary l milton playground and locust street art school.

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daemen college faculty community news daemen faculty and staff get involved in the community cscce s goal in highlighting community involvement is to provide information on what is happening in our community and encourage others to join in this may be by developing service learning courses adding a community component to an existing course or just sharing information with your students on volunteering opportunities dr brenda young is working with the fillmore corridor neighborhood coalition to facilitate student involvement in their projects such as improving environmental health and promoting business opportunities sharon benz cscce and dr linda kuechler accounting dept and accounting lab course will also be working with the coalition to include daemen student s assistance with building a database on area businesses dr ellen banks psychology department is a volunteer at the amherst state park the volunteers have planted flowers and are working on restoring the orchards it is close to school and a great destination for an afternoon walk dr banks is also active with the center for resolution and justice in buffalo as a community dispute mediator and has completed training in special education mediation custody and access mediation for family court in addition dr banks is on the sierra club energy committee which is advocating for a clean-fit policy for nys this is a business friendly model for using existing resources from electric bills to assist developers with the start up costs of alternative energy sources dr maureen millane director of career services is chair of the governance committee on the board of directors for the p2 collaborative of wny this group s mission is improving the health of people in wny the p2 collaborative conference is being held at the buffalo-niagara convention center october 9th and 10th dr millane has taken daemen students to this event in 2011 and will be taking more students this year dr millane also is a docent at the albright-knox art gallery andrea jones office of the president volunteered in the susan g komen walk in june 2012 she is also involved in fund raising for breast cancer awareness month during october and other ongoing events all funds go to breast cancer research in wny catherine zawodzinski data manager for the thomas reynolds center for special education and after-school programs teaches yoga at the himalayan institute and at school #90 to pre-school students kevin kegler dept of visual performing arts was recently a juror for the elmwood avenue festival of the arts this is the 13th year for the festival whose mission is to foster growth and awareness of wny s artistic treasures dr linda kuechler accounting dept and sife advisor is taking student members of students involved in free enterprise sife to washington d.c september 27-30 for the leadership conference sharon benz cscce will be assisting with this event sife is a network of students academic professionals and industry leaders coming together around the mission of a more sustainable world through the positive power of business calendar of events wny environmental summit september 29 2012 world on your plate food and sustainable living forum october 12 13 2012 home energy conservation kit heck weatherization project october 12 2012 cultural understanding for successful interactions with refugee students october 19 2012 tour of cscce partner communities in buffalo november 2 2012 perceptions of community faculty lunch seminar november 9 2012 the center partners daemen college and its students with communities to promote civic responsibility leading to communities that are healthy safe and vital and will remain so for future generations cheryl bird executive director 716 839-8489 cbird@daemen.edu sharon benz special projects coordinator 716 839-8524 sbenz@daemen.edu

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