Community Outreach Initiatives for Alfred State College


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.
    (Press Coverage: Download asc4.pdf
  • 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. 
    (Press Coverage: Download asc7.pdf)
  • 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.
    (Representative Press Coverage: Download asc1.pdf | Download asc6.pdf
    | Download asc13.pdf
    | Download asc16.pdf | Download asc17.pdf

  • 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
    this initiative.

  • 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
    and sustenance.

  • 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.

About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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