As President of Alfred State College, I spearheaded these community outreach iniatives:
- Leadership Circle: This new and exciting outreach initiative is a breakfast series that brings outstanding industry and community to educate the community on a wide variety of issues. Some workshops that focus on women’s issues were also offered. An annual conference serves an important void in the community for leadership training and mentoring.
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- Children’s International Festival: With a vision to enhance global awareness in a small rural community, the Children’s International Festival was launched. A committee of faculty, staff, students, and community members has enthusiastically embraced this initiative. The proceeds from the event go to a local charity and an international charity.
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- Katrina Relief: The recent national disaster resulting from Hurricane
Katrina rallied the entire campus community with a flurry of
fund-raising events geared toward relief of the victims. The campus
gave up its annual Christmas party among other things to raise more
than $10,000 for Katrina Relief. My family and I led a
campus team of faculty, staff, and students to Biloxi, Mississippi, for
four days in November 2005 to assist Katrina victims.Download asc19.pdf
to read my article about our experience in Biloxi.
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- Backpack Buddies: Poverty is a serious and debilitating problem in
Allegany County. A new initiative, called Backpack Buddies, targets
fifty local low-income elementary school children who receive backpacks
filled with food every Friday. This was a Presidential initiative to
draw attention to the impact of poverty in our own backyard. Several
student organizations and community partners do fund-raising to sustain
- Rural Institute: Preliminary discussions are underway to launch a
rural initiative to bring together local government and community
leaders to create and implement a vision for rural economic development
- Community Thanksgiving Dinner: This initiative was launched to
bring the community together to meet and get to know the President and
her family and to learn more about the Backpack Buddies program. Today,
close to 400 people attend the event.
- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work: The lack of career information
and exploration for students in rural communities is well known and
troublesome. I launched this initiative to educate rural children about
career opportunities in new and evolving fields.