November 3, 2011 – Community and Economic Development through Interns, Volunteers and Service Learning, Allison Alden

Speaker(s):
Allison Alden, director of Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement

Laura O’Neill, Academic Internship Coordinator for Binghamton University’s Career Development Center’s Internship Program, (CDCI)

Description:
Allison Alden, will discuss the kind of community service opportunities that have emerged in the aftermath of the catastrophic September flood. The presentation will include an overview of linkages made between the University and the community and how the synergy has and will continue to foster development. Alden is a professor in Binghamton University’s Department of Public Administration, and the former director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, and director of the Center City Coordination Program.  She is currently co-instructing a fall term course, “Community in Recovery: Southern Tier N.Y. after the flood of September 2011.”

Laura O’Neill, will discuss the internship process from the agency/business perspective. She will discuss how to develop internship descriptions that will develop into the kind of alliances that not only strengthen the workforce but also support businesses. In overseeing the CDCI, O’Neill heads up the University’s partnership efforts with local regional, national and international groups that result in students having the opportunity to earn academic credit through applied learning. Students gain valuable personal professional skills, which build resumes, help with job searches, and identify college majors.

PowerPoint:
“Community and Economic Development through Interns, Volunteers and Service Learning” (N/A)

Location:
Binghamton University Campus

Present:
Speakers - Allison Alden (Binghamton University), Laura O’Neill (Binghamton University)
Attendees - Jeremy Bowker (Binghamton University),  Leah Ferentinos (Continuing Education & Outreach), Kathryn Fletcher (BiziLife Ventures), Mary Kay Frys (Johnson City Central School District), John Hayek (Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Kevin Lentz (Tioga County Historical Society), Roni O’Geen (Empire State College), Nancy Paul (Binghamton University), Glenda Roberts (SUNY Delhi), Brian Rose (Binghamton University), Omar Sanders (Binghamton Local Development Corporation), Sandra Watkins (Broome-Tioga BOCES)

Reports/Discussion:

  • T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. He reminded everyone that this session was being recorded and a link to the recording would be placed on the SUNY BEST website. See link below.
  • Attendees introduced themselves.
  • Allison Alden, EdD, Director of Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), presented an overview of CCE and how it works with communities within and beyond the campus to provide meaningful opportunities to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. She also presented highlights about a course she is co-instructing, entitled, “Community in Recovery: Southern Tier N.Y. After the Flood of September 2011”. This course provides students with opportunities for service to the community in response to the catastrophic September flood. Her presentation included an overview of linkages made between the university and the community and how that synergy fosters development.
  • Laura O’Neill, Academic Internship Coordinator for Binghamton University’s Career Development Center’s Internship Program, (CDCI), described how the CDCI partners with local regional, national and international groups to provide BU students with opportunities to earn academic credit using applied learning. She highlighted that students gain valuable personal professional skills which help build resumes, help with job searches, and identify college majors. She spoke about the internship process from the agency/business  perspective, how to develop internship descriptions which catapult into alliances that strengthen the workforce  and support businesses.
  • Handouts: Starting and Maintaining a Quality Internship Program and CDC Employer Relations

Recording:
O’Neill, Laura, Academic Internship Coordinator for Binghamton University’s Career Development Center’s Internship Program, (CDCI) (Run time: 01:23:51)

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 10:00am – 12:00 pm, Binghamton University, Room LN 1324C, Binghamton, NY