About the Organization
Abraham House offers our guests a secure loving home without charge while providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the terminally ill. We are a comfort care home providing hospice (end of life) care 24 hours a day for our terminally ill residents. We also provide services to the families of our guests completely free of charge. We serve the needs of Herkimer, Oneida, and Madison counties. Since we do not bill for our services or receive state or federal funding, we survive based solely on donations, fundraisers, and small community grants.
A Field School Fellow would be valuable in order to collect and organize guest and family stories, anecdotal data, organizational history, and statistics and transform that information into a series of marketing strategies and campaigns. Once the messages we want to transmit are developed, we need guest and family photos, stock photos, photographs, or video clips that convey the emotions behind the words pictorially for use on our social media outlets and website. For example, we recently established a Twitter account but find it challenging on a day-to-day basis to develop tweet ideas. It would be helpful to have pre-planned daily tweets using quotes about Abraham House from previous family members, words of wisdom from our guests, thoughts from our caregivers, photos of our home, etc.
Our website is currently functional, but boring, poorly organized, and difficult to update. We’d benefit from someone with a creative flair and the technological know-how to transform it into a visually appealing, streamlined, and efficient communication tool. Www,TheAbraham House.org should effectively attract and interest past and potential families, donors, and community partners and encourage their interaction through ticket sales, event attendance, shares, and donations.
We are currently raising money for an additional location. We must promote the value of our services to the new community to garner support and revenue. A marketing campaign including billboards, targeted Facebook ads, and a commercial must be developed collaboratively with The Marketing Firm.
In addition to taking a lead role in this project, a Fellow will also receive an all-encompassing experience in nonprofit operations. As a small organization handling the majority of our business in-house, a Fellow will have the opportunity to assist with fundraiser development, donation tracking, newsletter creation, public relations and promotion at a level of involvement commensurate with the competencies proven him/her.
It is important that the Fellow selected be professional and personable. Communication skills are essential as well as the ability to represent Abraham House in a respectful, dignified and compassionate manner. Attention to detail is vital, as is a foundation of technological (computer) literacy. Higher level thinking skills and the ability to function efficiently and independently on projects is desired. Organization and responsibility are key. Multitasking is necessary. Networking ability and being comfortable in social situation would be helpful. Fellow will be encouraged to ask questions for clarification or curiosity, and should have a willingness to function as a member of the Abraham House team. While Fellow would not be providing direct patient care, someone with a healthy respect for death and the dying (as opposed to an aversion to it) is preferred.
The AED program wants to explore how Madison County agriculture can extend its agri-tourism and farm promotion throughout the year and longer than the one day Open Farm Day event on July 29. A Fellow will research ways that Madison County can continue to evaluate the impact of Open Farm Days. For this project, the Fellow will work with this office to determine the impact of agriculture to Madison County. This Fellow will work to understand current local agri-tourism and the economic impact of it, then work to further develop it. The development project will include computer usage and working with the different agri-businesses throughout the county, as well as the CCE staff. The deliverable will include a completed report on the economic impact of agriculture on Madison County, as well as an evaluation of the impact of Open Farm Days 2017.
A Field School Fellow matched with the Agricultural Economic Development Program will need excellent computer skills, and will need to have an understanding of the Microsoft Suite of software. Some capability in graphic design is required, and a knowledge of or interest in agriculture would be helpful.
Agriculture Economic Development website
About the organization
Bassett Healthcare is the largest provider of healthcare in Central New York State. We are a not for profit with a charitable mission and a shared goal with the Colgate Upstate Institute to improve quality of life in Central New York State. The Bassett Research Institute has a long history of research in partnership and has hosted a Field School fellow in the past.
The Field School fellow would need to have training in GIS mapping and research. This Fellowship gives students an opportunity to interact at a high level with a research team in a medical setting on this important topic, and therefore applicants should possess excellent research, organization and presentation skills. While the Upstate Institute will reimburse the student for fuel expenses to get back and forth between Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown and Hamilton, this project is best suited to a student who has access to a vehicle.
BRiDGES will ask the Fellow to work on assisting us in answering the following questions:
1) How can we capture client assessment data in a way that is efficient and useful to our agency? (Including answering the questions of what are the most pressing substance abuse issues seen by our agency & what are we doing to keep people from the Emergency Room?)
2) How can this data be translated into useful outputs for use by the agency to better inform the community at large? (An example would be helping us to take the data to create infographics, short video spots, PSAs, etc.)
In 2016, BRiDGES began looking closer at client assessment data and working on a system to both capture and report back to the agency staff and administration on what populations were being served and what issues clients were presenting with. This data is useful not only for prevention and programming planning, but also for grant writing. At that time, a Google docs sheet was created which served to create graphs from data. However, this system does not appear to be efficient in the way in which staff have to input data in order to get reports. The Fellow would be asked to review the current process and develop a newer, more efficient means to reach the same end goal. As part of this process, the Fellow would be looking at what BRiDGES staff do in their work to keep clients from presenting at emergency rooms. Finally, when looking at the data, the Fellow would be responsible for creating useful infographics, PSA spots, etc. that would be utilized for community awareness and outreach to educate the community at large as well as local leaders and decision-makers about the importance of our prevention services.
How can we improved the quality of our program through the use of an internal database? What information should be captured within the database to best assist CNS as it grows? Are there better methods?
The Summer Field School Fellow Project at CNS will involve creating a database from purchased software. The project will involve inputting data including enrolled children, staff and accounting information into this new software. Once the information was input into the system the student’s job would be to create specific reports based on the needs of the center. The Fellow will work closely with the Director and Assistant Director to decide what reports and data should be presented. The Fellow will work closely with the Assistant Director to create and maintain the information necessary to assist in completing daily tasks. The Fellow, along with CNS staff, will meet with other organizations that use the same software to observe how each database is compiled and used. The Fellow and the Assistant Director will determine if any of the other organizations practices meet the needs at CNS.
At the same time, a Fellow will research types of local, state and federal grant funding that is available for CNS. The Field School Fellow will research and write grants for capital projects at CNS based on a list of needs. The Fellow will work closely with the director and assistant directors to locate larger grant opportunities. A document will be created listing the grants and including due dates, project options and priority of need. The director will determine which grants the Fellow will write for, and the Fellow will compile the grant information and write the grants. The director will review and submit the grants once they are completed.
Because the student will need to possess strong grant writing skills, this is an excellent project for a student who has completed Colgate’s co-curricular grantwriting seminar. In addition, a Fellow will need excellent communication and computer skills, and the ability to stay on task. The student will be required to comply with all NYS OCFS regulations, including a background checks and fingerprinting.
Chenango Nursery School website
Chenango United Way
About the organization
Chenango United Way builds partnership and maximizes resources to improve the quality of life for local residents by focusing on three areas of local impact- education, income and health. (revised and approved by the Board of Directors, June 2013)
The Chenango United Way’s vision is to engage the community on a community agenda that focuses on identifying local issues and enables the United Way and its partners to take action on these key community issues. (revised and approved by the Board of Directors, June 2013)
The Chenango United Way serves the Chenango community-at-large and a portion of Madison County as a fundraiser, fund grantor and as a community convener around identified critical needs. For the fall 2016 annual campaign, the Chenango United Way exceeded its fundraising goal of $419,000, by reaching $420,411 in local funds from payroll deduction campaigns and individual, business and corporate gifts. Based on this campaign total, we are able to provide more than $321,769 in funding to 18 local health and human service programs as well as 17 food pantries and soup kitchens in Chenango County for 2017.
The Chenango United Way also plays a key role in facilitating and participating in local collaborations, including the Chenango County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (national FEMA funds), the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Chenango Housing Council. The Chenango United Way also played a lead role in disaster relief and recovery after the devastating floods of June 2006, November 2006 and September 2011. And, the Chenango United Way was the lead agency for the Greater Chenango Cares IRT project that provided no-cost basic dental, vision, veterinary and medical services to over 1,850 people in 2015 and 2016, in collaboration with US service members.
The Chenango United Way is also the convener of three volunteer led Community Impact Teams (CIT’s) around the critical community issues of income stability, education and healthy living. Each CIT is responsible for developing a shared knowledge and understanding of its impact area, identifying and prioritizing community issues into a community impact agenda, analyzing various program strategies relative to these issues and developing innovative and collaborative initiatives to address them. These groups have been meeting since early 2014.
For the summer of 2017, the Chenango United Way is in need of an Upstate Fellow to assist our organization with updating our marketing plan and developing a new method for educating current and potential donors about the United Way. In the past, we have used an “in-person” PowerPoint or Prezi presentation that we conduct in large group settings. However, each year we have had less and less opportunity to gain access to employees in such a setting. This year, we would like to create at least two videos for year-round marketing purposes. These videos could be viewed without the need for a formal presentation and could even be uploaded to our website or to a YouTube channel for broad visibility.
At this point, we envision videos for the following (approx. 5-7 minutes each):
• Overview of United Way- general community education on who the United Way is and what we have been accomplishing in the community (give, advocate, volunteer)
• Fundraising- with a focus on the fall campaign, donor accountability and an emphasis on the programs and issue areas that we invest in (income, education and health)
• Other Possible Ideas- videos specifically focused on volunteerism, advocacy, community collaborations, etc.
We would also like our summer Fellow to help us with designing our fall print marketing materials, such as our annual fundraising campaign brochure, poster and community thermometer. We would like to integrate pictures and quotes from our videos into these items so that we have branding opportunities across all of our materials.
Finally, we would like our Fellow to spend some time helping us to look at our social media platforms and develop a marketing plan/calendar for utilizing them better. Right now we use FaceBook and Twitter on a very limited basis and we need a better plan for using them, and other vehicles, on a more strategic level.
Chenango United Way website
Fiver Children's Foundation
About the organization
The Fiver Children's Foundation is a comprehensive youth development organization that makes a 10-year commitment to children from underserved communities throughout New York City and central New York. Through character-building summer and year-round out-of-school time programs, Fiver empowers children to make ethical and healthy decisions, to become engaged citizens, and to succeed in school, careers, and life.
Fiver provides children from the central NY area with a residential camp experience every year from age 8 to 18, free of charge. Children have the opportunity to interact with diverse peers from New York City, allowing them to learn the skills necessary to succeed in a multicultural world.
The fellow should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, and be able to work both in and outdoors in a camp setting. The student should have the confidence to conduct interviews with children and teens as well as strong creative writing skills. An interest or skills in photography or videography is a plus.
We are seeking an individual who is comfortable working as part of a team as well as independently. Lastly, the fellow should be flexible and appreciative of diversity!
Fiver Children's Foundation website
For the Good, Inc.
About the organization
For The Good, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) New York corporation organized to foster community development in the city of Utica; and, in particular, positive youth development, life skills, employment, wellness, the arts, cultural and higher education with special emphasis on peace and justice and the city’s low-income residents and their neighborhoods. For The Good seeks to serve as an integrator of services within the community partnering rather than competing with other organizations within the community.
Since 2002 we have published the Utica Phoenix a monthly newsmagazine, the Study Buddy Club, a tutoring, mentoring and cultural enrichment program for inner city at-risk youth and since 2008 we have operated two community gardens within the Food Desert of Utica. In 2012 we launched the Oneida County Black History Archive. We look to reestablish a nutrition and cooking program we operated several years ago.
For The Good has operated Community Gardens in Utica since 2008. Since that time we have offered cooking classes to young people along with the food to take home to their parents. This year we intend to offer a Garden to Table class in conjunction with a nearby neighborhood business with a kitchen, the Fish and Game Club.
What we want to know is how our clients incorporate the food, cooking and nutrition information into their lives.
We intend to operate the program much as a CSA would operate by preparing foods seasonally and providing same to our members to take home.
A good rapport with strangers and the ability to communicate. Some understanding of nutrition, gardening and cooking is a plus.
For the Good website
About the organization
The Glimmerglass Festival is a professional summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. The company's mission is to produce new, little-known and familiar operas and works of music theater in innovative productions which capitalize on the intimacy and natural setting of the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown; to promote an artistically-challenging work environment for young American performers; and to engage important directors, designers and conductors who provide high standards of achievement. Today, Glimmerglass Opera presents four works in new productions each Summer Festival Season and attracts an international audience to the scenic Cooperstown area, where the talent of singers, directors, designers and staff from across the world converges in the Alice Busch Opera Theater to produce world-class opera.
In the summer, there are more than 350 people, including 30 year-round full-time staff, working together to produce The Glimmerglass Festival. In addition to preparing for the upcoming season, the company participates in and sponsors several outreach events and community engagement projects in the surrounding area. The Glimmerglass Festival is world-renown for its Young Artist Program for opera singers and its competitive internship program for theater technicians and arts administrators. Former interns now hold positions in opera companies and arts organizations around the globe.
The company is working with the Center for Continued Adult Learning to offer educational seminars on opera performance. The Glimmerglass Festival collaborates programmatically with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Farmers Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum. This summer, the company is partnering with The Kelberman Center, a regional center for excellence for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to produce a sensory-friendly production of our baseball themed Hall of Fame show and to provide autism awareness seminars to all performers and staff. Glimmerglass has also initiated a project with the Mohican Farm in Cooperstown in order to promote the sustainable use of the region’s natural resources and to establish a farm-to-table food program that will contribute to a leaner and more environmentally responsible Glimmerglass business model.
The Glimmerglass Festival owns and operates residential, office, and rehearsal facilities in Springfield, Cooperstown, Richfield Springs, Warren, and Cherry Valley, New York. Their presence in each of these communities is integral to the local economy. Particularly in the summer during the festival, Glimmerglass supports local farmers to feed interns, artists, staff, and patrons. The festival’s lake front grounds with its lush lawns, tree groves, and colorful flowers are a regional treasure.
In what ways can The Glimmerglass Festival better connect with the local community, and higher education? A Fellow will be working with Colgate University, Glimmerglass, and organizations in the Utica area that provide services to the refugee community, to develop and maintain stronger arts-based partnerships.
Could the Leonardsville School building (formerly the Mount Markham Elementary School) again become a productive asset to the greater community?
The school district has continued to maintain this building since it was vacated ten years ago due to decreasing population trends. The School Board has tried unsuccessfully to sell or lease the building all that time, and it has now become a liability.
This research project should include: an assessment of the building’s structure; uses of other similar buildings which have been successfully repurposed; contact with the local School Board to determine their present attitude and asking price; availability of funding (private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit) which might be used singularly or in partnership to free the building of its dormant state.
The Horned Dorset Colony is a local not-for-profit which feels strongly that the building, when repurposed, will have a vital impact on the greater community. They have already approached the School Board suggesting that they would like to use some of the classrooms for studio space, although they are not in a financial position to undertake the project as a whole. The preliminary research they have done should serve as a useful springboard to subsequent research.
The student needs to comprehend the significant differences between a for-profit use and a not-for-profit use of the building. This may require analyzing data, searching local and state funding opportunities, searching the Foundation Directory, meeting and talking with local School Board members, area business people, realtors, and neighbors. The research done by The Horned Dorset Colony began with a bias toward repurposing the building as a center for not-for-profit activities. If the student’s research leads to a different conclusion the student should have the communication skills to demonstrate that the early research is flawed.
Hospice & Palliative of Chenango County has two research questions that we would like to have a Fellow answer this summer. Data gathered by answering the two questions will inform a new organizational strategic plan. As much as possible, we would involve the fellow in this strategic planning process, to help them gain a better understanding of how data should drive a well informed strategic plan.
Where should we focus our marketing energy in 2017/2018 based on secondary and tertiary referral sources?
By the time patients are ready for hospice care, they are often seeing multiple specialists. Using GIS software and our electronic medical record, We would like to plot out, where patients live, where the referral for hospice care came from, and where their primary care doctor location is, to determine where we should focus our outreach, marketing and education efforts- for instance, if a majority of the town of Sherburne referrals are word of mouth- we should employ a word of mouth marketing in that area. We would expect the student to plot the data, draw conclusions, and present the best options for outreach and education based on trending.
Where are our fundraising efforts best spent?
Hospice of Chenango County has five large fundraisers a year. We would like to do a detailed analysis of who is supporting the campaigns(old donors, new donors, families of patients), how much does each fundraiser cost per dollar raised, as well as if the intent of the fundraiser is met, i.e. if the fundraiser is for community awareness of services, is it accomplishing that goal. As our insurance reimbursement for care continues to decline, meaningful and well run fundraisers are essential to having a well run non-profit organization.
Critical thinking skills, basic knowledge of GIS, ability to be self-motivated.
Last summer, Hudson Headwaters physicians piloted “Vscans,” handheld ultrasound units being developed by General Electric (GE). Traditional handheld tools such as the stethoscope provide valuable hints to underlying diagnoses, but additional offsite imaging is often needed for a definitive diagnosis. GE believes that the Vscan will aid primary care providers at a critical juncture—the initial evaluation of a patient’s reported symptoms.
Hudson Headwaters seeks a Fellow to continue to compile and summarize the physician’s experiences with this new handheld ultrasound technology. The Fellow will interact with physicians and help articulate their evaluation of the product, as well as interview patients to determine if the technology streamlined their experience. Additionally, the Fellow will work with the team that manages Hudson Headwaters’ electronic medical record system to help analyze whether the Vscan has been clinically successful for patients and been a cost-effective substitute for the use of more traditional ultrasound technology. Finally, the Fellow will be asked to help envision wider applications throughout Hudson Headwaters’ physician groups, and help develop the elements of a curriculum to help introduce the product to Network physicians and physicians in training.
Hudson Headwaters Health Network wants to improve its screening for Hepatitis C (HCV) and better coordinate care for those who are infected. A Fellow will help the Network determine how someone with HCV navigates the health care system. They want to understand the broader implications of a very expensive treatment regimen (a three-month treatment for HCV costs up to $150,000) in a health care system that is moving from a fee-for-service payment model to a system that pays for value (as defined by using evidence-based procedures and achieving successful outcomes).
Chronic Hepatitis C virus is among the most common chronic liver diseases and accounts for about 15,000 U.S. deaths annually. The majority of liver transplants are for HCV; about 3.5 million people are infected by this virus, roughly one percent of the population. Given its patient population (about 80,000 people), Hudson Headwaters would be expected to have 800 people with HCV. Yet only 350 patients have been identified. Better screening would reveal more cases, but would also bring significant added expense to the local health care system that might not be covered by insurance.
A Fellow would help design and implement a plan to bring wider awareness within Hudson Headwaters for HCV screening and treatment. The Fellow will be asked to analyze the impact of the cost of treating additional people once they have been identified as HCV positive, as well as helping to identify new approaches to treating patients with common underlying conditions (such as group visits).
Fellows working with Hudson Headwaters will need be able to collect, organize and report on the results of their projects effectively. Fellows should be able to write research summaries and use Excel to look at data sets. Fellows should have an understanding of the various public and private health care insurers work. Fellows will also need to be comfortable reaching out to people within Hudson Headwaters as well as patients to get feedback on their experience and clinical outcomes.
Because these projects will take place at the Hudson Headwaters Health Network clinic in Warrensburg, these positions will require housing in that community, rather than on Colgate’s campus. We are working with the Network to locate appropriate housing, and those costs will be covered by the Upstate Institute rather than the Fellow. While not required, a car would be helpful in this position given the rural nature of the Warrensburg community.
Hudson Headwaters website
Lake Moraine Association
About the organizations
The Lake Moraine Association bylaws specify the LMA’s mission as below:
A. To work as a group for the improvement of Lake Moraine and its surroundings and thereby serve the best interests of the Lake Moraine area residents, both permanent and seasonal.
B. To cooperate with the Environmental Conservation Department, local government, planning boards, and other public agencies with their initiation, promotion, and enforcement of policies, practices and legislation designed to protect the lake and its related environment from misuse and overuse.
C. To promote social gatherings, water sports events, classes in boat handling, safety on and in the water, boating etiquette and other such activities as will lead to friendly relations and
enjoyment for all who use the lake.
The association does all of these things and more on a regular basis. Members of the Board and other members of the Lake Moraine Association dedicate much time and expertise to the scientific and social challenges of managing the health of the lake, working with partners of all kinds to ensure the proper evaluation of water quality, runoff, algae, fish stock, lake levels, septic systems, shoreline and weirs, etc. In doing this work, members of the LMA board communicate and work with local, county, and state officials and other lake associations. The LMA is a partner organization in NYSFOLA (the New York State Federation of Lake Associations) and often hosts NYSFOLA activities on our lake as well as working with other associations to develop protocols for tackling lake problems and opportunities.
Lake Moraine Association website
Madison County Department of Health
About the organization
The mission of the Department of Environmental Health is to enhance the quality of life in Madison County, by implementation of effective and efficient environmental health programs to protect the public health, safety and the environment.
A Fellow will work the the department to research on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS’s) that include Enhanced Treatment Units (ETU’s) instead of septic tanks, develop inventory and map locations using GIS, survey property owners in regards to ETU performance, and conduct field visits to ETU’s located along shorelines of water bodies. The intent of this Fellowship is to have the capacity to show on a map the number of ETUs present around the lakes, ponds and waterways in Madison County and recruit respective Lake Associations in creating and acting as Responsible Management Entity (REM) that would then allow for a reduction in absorption field sizing as provided by State Sanitary Codes for OWTSs. The Health Department sees a lot of ETUs being installed as part of shorefront development, particularly on small camp lots where required separation distances cannot be achieved. As part of the survey and mapping, we will also attempt to identify shorefront properties who are using lake water as their water source, to target for education on the associated health risks.
The Fellow will need excellent research skills, and will need to understand data collection and analysis. Training in GIS capabilities is critical. Other areas of study that would be useful include geography or environmental related studies.
Madison County Department of Health website
Madison County Rural Health Council
About the organization
The mission of the Madison County Rural Health Council (MCRHC) is to advocate, inform and coordinate efforts to improve health in our Community. They convene stakeholders around health improvement and healthcare access topics by analyzing data then developing and implementing action plans to address those issues in an informed manner.
What are the activity opportunities available in Madison County to all residents? How do residents currently access this information? Where are there needs for activity opportunities throughout the County? What are the best models for having activity information easily accessible to all residents?
One of the NYS Prevention Agenda Priorities for Madison County in the 2016-18 Community Health Assessment update is to reduce obesity in adults in the county. The Rural Health Council will be convening a Worksite Wellness Coalition to begin work on this priority with employers throughout the County. A full assessment, review and documentation of the available opportunities in an organized format will provide employers with knowledge of what is currently available in Madison County as they work to encourage healthier lifestyles for employees.
This comprehensive scan of available activities will also provide information about the gaps in activity opportunities. Researching best practices in other areas of the country and innovative solutions will provide a list of recommendations for areas where activity opportunities are lacking.
How and through what avenues can activity opportunity information be easily retrieved by Madison County residents? After information is catalogued, the second part of the project will be to recommend ways to disseminate activity information through local and county-wide media and social media or other innovative ways not before attempted.
Madison County Rural Health Council website
Mohawk Valley Community College
About the organization
The mission statement of Mohawk Valley Community College is to promote student success and community involvement through a commitment to excellence and a spirit of service.
MVCC, a unit of the 64-campus State University of New York, offers 2-year degree programs on two campuses that prepare students for technical and semi-professional career fields including business, industry, social service, health care, or for further college study. Strong community relations are fostered and maintained through groups such as Team MVCC which strives to increase Faculty, Staff and Student participation in community events, which in turn helps showcase the College’s commitment to our local area. MVCC also boasts of a strong Veterans organization, aiding efforts of current and past military personnel on and off campus. Numerous community events are held on campus where the college engages with and lends support to awareness campaigns, community education and cultural events. Additionally, needs of diverse student populations are met via C-STEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) CCC- Program (College and Community Connection) and others, including the recent formation of a student Food Pantry on campus.
MVCC is seeking a Fellow with the ability to gather data from various sources – including college enrollment/attendance records, student surveys, academic data, community demographics, Census data, community reports, and other indicators – and strong critical analysis skills to examine that data and make reflections and practical recommendations for future programming.No specific degree is required, however previous coursework in education, poverty, community development, or similar areas is appreciated.
Mohawk Valley Community College website
Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
About the organization
The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) assists refugees, immigrants, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals throughout the integration process and helps them achieve independence and self-sufficiency by developing products and services that enable us to build community with many cultures. MVRCR, an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, is a not-for-profit corporation that has been the main service provider for refugees in Central New York for over 30 years. MVRCR has assisted nearly 16,000 refugees from 34 different countries start new lives in this region. MVRCR has a centrally located office and training facility in Utica, including classrooms and computer labs for an on-site adult ESL program that is administered by the Utica City School District (UCSD). The agency also retains a diverse and professional staff to effectively deliver linguistically and culturally appropriate services.
MVRCR’s comprehensive resettlement services address new arrivals’ most immediate needs so they may focus as soon as possible on achieving self-sufficiency. These services include housing, health screenings, cultural orientation, and comprehensive case management. Other agency services that support the successful resettlement of refugees and immigrants include employment, immigration and citizenship, and community programs such as traffic safety education, and health promotion. The agency operates Compass, the professional interpretation and translation division that provides language services 24/7 supporting 42 languages, via in-person, telephone, or video relay. MVRCR also administers the Office for New Americans program, which facilitates ESL training, citizenship services and entrepreneurship workshops. In addition, MVRCR provides professional cultural competency training and consulting for a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, government, and businesses.
Students will be required to have strong research skills and the ability to synthesize data into an organized written format. Students should also be self-directed and able to work independently. The Field School Fellow would also need to have an interest in working in a multicultural environment and interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
This project is most well-suited for a student interested in nineteenth century history and reform movements. The Fellow must be able to relate to visitors and volunteers of a variety of ages, backgrounds, beliefs, and cultural experiences as they come to NAHOF and are interviewed. The Fellow must also be attentive to accuracy and detail in data collection, analysis, and reporting, and must be willing to do tasks that members of the board do for the Museum.
Ability to meet/greet/work with a variety of people (age, background, belief, cultural, economic, education, race, and sex differences)
Appreciation of the developmental stages of organization
Ability to self-start and keep organized
Ability to work alone, as well as with a committee
Enthusiasm in learning history of social reforms
Interest in contributing to the current phase of organizational development
Accuracy in written and oral language
Able to easily format information in more than one way for dissemination to various potential audiences.
As a fundamental component of our strategic plan, we are engaged in a vigorous schedule of public programming in 2017 that draws on 19th and 20th century social practice to explore topical matters pertaining to women’s civil rights and to gender roles in contemporary society.
OCMH has planned and organized these public programs to coincide with the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State, and is collaborating with other cultural organizations in central New York to mark that centennial.
Our proposed research project for the eligible Colgate student is to actively participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a sub-set of these programs, with a special emphasis on creating and implementing programs intended for cross-generational and younger audiences. Drawing on current literature in museology and informal learning, and combining that with active mixed-methods research of our current audiences, the Field School student will assist the curator in content development and implementation, administer evaluation instruments and assist in the analysis and summary of that research.
The Field School student will also and ultimately prepare a written report of their findings regarding how programs are used and the cognitive and affective impacts of those programs. This written report will be delivered to staff and circulated within the public history sector.
Pathfinder is looking for a student who is interested in the topic of workforce development, recruitment and retention of health and human service care providers, and quality of life for not only special populations, including those with disabilities or who are aging, but also for staff that support them. The student should have solid computer technology skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point), excellent oral and written communication skills, and enjoy working with others, including individuals with disabilities. An ability to analyze survey data and prepare summary reports is preferred. It is helpful for the Fellow placed at Pathfinder Village to have access to a car.
This project is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in local food. The ideal student would be comfortable working with a variety of people and be proactive in finding the necessary information for the study. Applicants should possess excellent research, interviewing, writing, and survey development skills.
What is the relevance of the Dorothy Riester House and Studio to Art Park visitors today?
What can the artworks, objects, and furniture in the Dorothy Riester House and Studio teach us about mid-century modern architecture, design, landscape, and art? How can these objects inspire current and future generations of creative thinkers?
The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY is looking for an Upstate Institute Fellow interested in documenting and researching the objects in the Dorothy Riester House and Studio. This property was the former residence of Art Park founders Dorothy and Robert Riester and now serves as an example of highly intact mid-century modern architecture and design. Currently, the Art Park offers informal tours of the house on an impromptu basis. The Art Park would like these tours to become more formal, educational, and engaging.
The Upstate Institute Fellow would help the Art Park staff develop a process for photographing, measuring, and dating objects. Content will be uploaded into an existing web-based database. The process will then be used by other interns and/or volunteers to build a comprehensive resource that can be used by future docents, staff, artists, and researchers as a means of interpreting, and curating objects from this collection. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to work closely with Artist Fellow Kiki Sciullo. Sciullo will work with the Fellow to research and curate objects from the collection for their use in an upcoming exhibition related to mid-century modern chair designs.
The Town of Hamilton would like to fulfill the environmental education objectives of both the new Comprehensive Plan and the State’s Climate Smart Communities program.
What green energy initiatives and energy conservation opportunities are available to our community members through Madison County and New York State? How can the Town use its website to best advantage to educate Town of Hamilton residents about these resources?
In addition to identifying green opportunities for the community the Fellow would be expected to develop website content and ultimately, a new page on the Town website.
The Community Fellow will assist the Codes Enforcement Office in two vital projects. The first is the assembly of documentation required for a land-use inventory for the Village. The passage of a new land-use regulation (zoning law) during spring of 2017 will call for an up to date inventory of land uses for all properties. That inventory permits the Village to have clear data of the critical issue of "grandfathered" uses. The second is the sorting and cataloguing of the many plans of past construction projects in the Village. Several hundred plans have accumulated in the Village office over several decades. These are critical legal documents and a recent reorganization of the Code Enforcement Office disrupted the filing system. The Fellow will help return the materials to a useful order.
<br\>The Community Fellow will work primarily in the Village office, thereby getting a first hand understanding of the complexity of operations of the Village's ten-person staff. The Fellow will serve as an important ambassador from the undergraduate community to both the Village Administration and the community.