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To be considered for an Upstate Institute Summer Field School Fellowship, current Colgate students will need to complete the application below.

As a part of the application process, students will identify which of the projects listed below that have been proposed by community organizations that are most appropriate for their skills and interests.

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Abraham House

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.
The Project
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 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.
Required Skills
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.
Abraham House website

Agriculture Economic Development Program for Madison County

About the organization
Madison County has a strong agricultural community, and in 2005 named “Agricultural Economic Development” (AED) as one of four main goals of Madison County’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. This plan identified the county’s ag economic development needs and determined that an AED specialist was needed to best serve Madison County’s agricultural economy. The AED specialist would be tasked with developing projects that would maintain, develop and promote a viable agricultural economy that benefits the residents of the county. A primary priority is to market Madison County’s agricultural products and services by creating market opportunities and encouraging value-added enterprises. As a secondary priority, AED strives to maintain an appropriate agricultural land base to support a viable agricultural economy in Madison County by assisting existing Madison County farmers and attracting and supporting new farmers. To date, the AED program has accomplished this mission through several diverse initiatives. The AED program has helped to launch several agricultural enterprises in Madison County by targeting assistance to value-added projects and agricultural start-ups through activities such as grant writing, workshops, and technical support. The AED program continues to work hard to keep farming viable in Madison County and draw public support to the county’s many agricultural ventures. One way of doing this is by hosting Open Farm Day each July. Open Farm Day gives the public a chance to visit working farms and meet local farms. Participating farms provide farm tours and demonstrations, and offer product tastings.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
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

Bassett Healthcare

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 Project
Project #1: Opioid Use in New York State
We are currently working in an ongoing fashion with Colgate Upstate Institute looking at Opioid use across New York State. This is a large study in process and we would be looking for a Field School fellow to participate in this study with a particular focus on ongoing analysis of the SPARCS, ARCOS, OASAS and additional data sets. One of the specific goals for the Field School Fellow would be to familiarize themselves with available databases and develop a project utilizing this data set that could be completed over the summer. This project would involve developing their specific research question either by joining one of our ongoing projects or developing this is part of their course work with Dr. Kraly. The Summer fellow would work with the Bassett Research Institute team to develop their findings, pertinent readings and at the end of the summer present their findings and work on a paper on the selected topic.

Potential projects:
  • Hepatitis C mapping trends with SPARCs data/ Surescripts prescription data. Evaluate need for expanded treatment availability with economic and gap analysis
  • Opioid prescribing patterns with primary residence of New York State: New York State/contiguous states/mail-order prescriptions. Examine the “border effect” with controlled substances and trends
  • OASAS addictions treatment mapping. Trends in treatment visits through the course of the opioid epidemic and identifying gaps/disparity particularly in rural areas
  • Devise clinical study to and a study to test this for sensitivity specificity
  • Develop module based strategies for “deprescribing” incorporating harm reduction and motivational enhancement for primary care providers
  • Outreach, awareness, advocacy efforts regarding benzodiazepine risk

The Fellow would work with the Interpretation and Marketing Departments to develop a standard questionnaire and would be responsible for developing interviewee specific questions that will showcase the interviewees’ relationship with the Adirondacks and/or the museum.  Interviewees might include museum demonstrators and presenters, local producers at the museum as event vendors, community members identified by museum staff, and general visitors to the museum.  The Fellow would be responsible for gathering usage waivers from all interviewees. The Fellow will also assist the Interpretation Department with the development of visitor-generated content sites such as talk-back boards and will be responsible for monitoring, collecting, and reporting on responses.

Project #2: Complete Streets Mapping
Complete Streets are designed to enable safe access for all modes of transportation including buses, pedestrians, motorized scooters, Amish buggies, and for individuals of all ages and abilities. This project with Bassett Research Institute would entail looking at current street design and plotting assets such as hospitals, schools, and shopping areas to see whether they are accessible. For example: Do they have sidewalks? If they have a sidewalk, does it end abruptly?

Because Bassett works in a five county region, we would like to focus on the communities of Cobleskill in Schoharie County; Oneonta in Otsego County; Amsterdam in Montgomery County; Herkimer in Herkimer County; and Gloversville in Fulton County. We are trying to get decision makers to adopt a Complete Street policy which would allow municipal planners and engineers to incorporate any number of changes to the community such as: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, etc.
Required Skills
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.
Bassett Healthcare website

BRiDGES: The Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.

About the organization
Our mission is to improve the quality of life by providing advocacy and services to our community, the workplace, families and individuals affected by addiction and the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other substances. Our organization has been incorporated as a private, not-for-profit organization since 1987. Our organization was founded by a group of private citizens who wanted to establish an organization in Madison County dedicated to advocacy and prevention/ education about alcohol and other drug issues. The organization has expanded its focus to include tobacco, suicide prevention, and problem gambling prevention in the past ten years. The individual, family, workplace and community benefit from the actions and activities of our organization. Our programs are designed to effect change on the individual as well as on the system. Our programs are targeted to all Madison County residents. Our Tobacco Control Program serves individuals and families in a multi-county region. For youth and adults our prevention strategies are designed to create environmental or community level change that will support making healthy choices. For adults or youth with an alcohol, tobacco, gambling or drug problem, the goal is to provide the individual or family member with information about resources that are available to help with their specific problem. For adults who come to us through the Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, the goal is to help the employee or family member resolve personal problems that may be impacting job performance and productivity.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
The project would require a person with strong intra-personal skills as they would have to work with multiple staff to ensure data is captured in a meaningful way across programs. Also, the Fellow would need to be someone who can work effectively and efficiently independently on a project but seek guidance when stuck or needing help to move forward. Also, the Fellow would need to be technologically skilled to both rework an existing system to more effectively and efficiently capture data but also to create media such as infographics, etc. from the data reports.
BRiDGES website

Chenango Nursery School

About the organization
Chenango Nursery School (CNS) is a NYS licensed daycare facility. CNS is a parent cooperative, 501(c)3 that currently has 116 enrolled families. CNS provides care for over 85 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. CNS also has a school age program licensed for 40 children that is located within Hamilton Central School. CNS strives to enhance the complete growth of each child by providing a wide range of traditional and innovative learning approaches in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. At CNS, children learn through play in developmentally appropriate classrooms that are structured such that children participate in individual and group play, hands on experiences at learning centers and real life adventures. This play fosters communication skills, the ability to deal with emotions, and the capacity to relate to others.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
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.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
This project is especially well suited for a student who has an interest in pursuing a career or advanced education in medicine, psychology, social work, or human services. The Fellow placed with the IRT must:
  • Ability to record and edit video, probably with access to these specific technology resources on the Colgate campus
  • Comfort with interviewing donors and recipients of United Way funding
  • Creativity in and usage of marketing and social media platforms
  • Ability to work well with a team (Development/Campaign Cabinet volunteers)
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 Project
  • What is the impact of the Fiver experience on a child’s decision-making, success in school and careers, and motivation to give back?
  • How can we capture and share this impact in a visually compelling way?
The Fiver Children’s Foundation is seeking a creative and motivated fellow to bring our children’s stories to life. Our goal is to have several multi-media packages that highlight both the variety and the impact of the Fiver experience. These packages will allow us to better explain the Fiver experience to new parents and children and to potential donors and partners.

Our fellow would be tasked with interviewing up to twenty Fiver campers and alumni between the ages of 8 and 22 over the course of the summer and creating a visually appealing multi-media package for each student that captures the impact of their unique Fiver experience. The fellow will assist in every stage of the process from developing the interview questions, to speaking with the campers, to transcribing and retelling the story in a compelling narrative, to taking photos or video of the camper in action.
Required Skills
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.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
A good rapport with strangers and the ability to communicate. Some understanding of nutrition, gardening and cooking is a plus.
For the Good website

Glimmerglass Festival

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.
The Project
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. 
Required Skills
A Fellow will need to have the ability to work and research independently in a dynamic and active environment, and good communication skills including speaking, listening, and writing. The Fellow should also have good critical thinking skills in order to weigh possible solutions to problems and determine which is most likely to be successful.
Glimmerglass Festival website

Horned Dorset

About the organization
Our mission is to support and sustain a community of exceptionally talented artists from different disciples who wish to exchange ideas in a working environment and contribute to the larger community through cultural engagement.  
The Project
Project #1
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.
Required Skills
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.
Horned Dorset Colony website

Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County

About the organization
Our mission is to provide the highest quality end of life care by partnering with patients, families, and the community. We provide three service lines to residents living in Chenango County. Hospice Care, to those living in their homes or a contracted skilled nursing facility, Palliative Care through a collaboration with At Home Care, and Complimentary Grief Services to residents of Chenango County.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
Critical thinking skills, basic knowledge of GIS, ability to be self-motivated.
Hospice & Palliative Care website

Hudson Headwaters

About the organization
Hudson Headwaters Health Network provides high-quality health care, and access to that care, to everyone in the communities they serve.  Hudson Headwaters is a primary care organization that also provides behavioral health services, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, lab work and a range of specialty care services.  They cover a region of nearly 5,000 square miles, with health centers located in six different upstate counties.  
The Project
Project #1
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.

Project #2
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).
Required Skills
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.
The Project
How can the Lake Moraine Association grow its capacity for addressing critical issues of lake ecology? This all-volunteer association faces increasingly daunting tasks of addressing the impacts of invasive species and algae blooms whose intensity is related to heavy nutrient loading and climate change. Leaders of the association have sustained a scientifically-based focus on lake health over many decades, working with limnologists from SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Morrisville, and with experts from other lake associations. What organizational investments or changes might allow the LMA to amplify its ability to respond to critical threats to the lake ecology? The LMA board is particularly concerned with two dimensions of lake ecology management, and the Steward would be instrumental in doing both archival research and outreach to experts on the lake and across the region for advice in modeling approaches to these challenges.

1. The LMA board is studying the historic use of chemicals like copper sulfate for algae control. We are setting up a sampling program for measuring copper deposits in the silt with the help of local experts. The steward could catalog the results and help to communicate results to the membership. This student could also observe the testing and sampling being done by our treatment contractor on both basins of the lake.

2. Assist in the evaluation of the invasive species stewardship program which our first Steward, Katelyn Parker in 2015, was instrumental in starting. The 2017 steward would gather historical data on previous stewardship seasons to determine usage patterns like times & days of high volume and who is using it. Part of this could also be to gather fishing results (types and quantities of fish) that will help us evaluate the fish population and the the attractiveness of Lake Moraine to fishing people from a broad region.
Required Skills
It would be helpful if the Field School Fellow had particular expertise or interest in environmental studies or lake ecology (an Environmental Studies major or Environmental Biology major might be ideal). At the same time, it is possible to imagine a Geography or Sociology major or minor flourishing in this position. Lake Moraine faces a combination of social and environmental pressures (these are fully intertwined) and so a student with understanding of human practices and environmental impacts, and the politics of environmental management would find this position both interesting and challenging. A certain degree of social confidence and diplomacy would be helpful.

The Fellow would not need specific environmental biology research skills, but the ability to dig into library, internet, governmental (State, DEC and Town of Madison) resources to compile a complete array of information pertaining to Lake Moraine would be put to good use.
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.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
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.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
  • Great attitude, friendly, willing to engage in conversations with people they do not know.
  • Telephone skills
  • Email communication
  • Excel spreadsheet development
  • Data sorting
  • Analytical skills
  • Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter other forms of social media
  • Research for best practices/evidence based practices, etc.
  • Innovative thinker
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.
The Project
Research and studies conducted by a Summer Fellow would explore the benefits of an on-site food pantry for students. The pantry, “Campus Cupboard” is slated to open on February 15th, 2017 as a “pilot” project in conjunction with the Food Bank of Central New York. Analysis of food pantry demographics from student recipients and surveys collected is needed to cross reference with student attendance and performance outcomes, from the Spring Semester. The majority of Rome students self-identify as low- moderate income and dependent on financial aid. The Rome campus does not have residence halls so all students must commute. Due to these factors students often report the need to choose between transportation costs, day care for their children or money to purchase food.

Determining the initial impact of Campus Cupboard, where free meals and healthy snacks will be provided will not only help to secure this service for the future of the Rome site but with a positive report this pilot could be replicated at the main, Utica Campus to serve an even greater student population.

Additionally, another aspect of the project would include studying student participation with the pantry and possible recommendations including promotion, fundraising, volunteer participation/coordination and integration with other nutritional programming and community resources.

In addition to food items purchased from the Food Bank of Central New York, fresh produce will be added during the growing season from raised bed gardens and a monthly produce give- away on site, at the Rome Campus. Focusing on sustainability of the project will be an overarching theme.

Research project questions include:
  • Are students utilizing pantry services?
  • Is there a correlation between pantry recipients and improved academic performance? Attendance?
  • What is the recipient satisfaction rate of food choices?
  • What methods might be employed to enhance student utilization and volunteer participation?
  • What methods of sustainability can be developed to fundraise for food purchases and or augment purchases from the Food Bank of Central New York.
Required Skills
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.
The Project
The Upstate Institute will place three Fellows with the MVRCR this summer. Each Fellow will be tasked with one of the following research projects:

Health Care Access
The proposed research project is centered on the following research questions:
  • What are the barriers for Limited English Populations to access healthcare, including mental health services and specialists?
  • How do other communities who also resettle refugees or have large immigrant populations with similar demographic compositions, facilitate adequate access to healthcare?
The proposed project will initially be centered on investigating the research questions under the guidance of the Manager of Grants & Community Engagement and the Health Access Coordinator. The student will synthesize and organize the information, which will guide the Field School Fellow to work directly with the Health Access Coordinator to develop health promotion initiatives, as well as develop a strategy to facilitate access to healthcare for the clients that the agency serves based on the identified barriers.

Events Coordination
The proposed research project is centered on the following research questions:
  • What is the local impact of human rights topics on community policy development and inclusion and integration of immigrant and refugee communities in the Mohawk Valley?
  • How can human rights education and forums be used in advocacy on behalf of MVRCR and its clients at a community and national level in support of refugee resettlement?
The Field School Fellow will work directly with the Coordinator of Events & Volunteers to plan and assist with organizing the World Refugee Day event on June 17th, 2017 and the Annual UNSPOKEN Human Rights Festival that will be held in October 2017. UNSPOKEN is an annual human rights forum that combines film, art, and a conference into one festival. Based on information and data collected through the guiding research questions, the student will assist with developing a marketing strategy to advertise these and other agency events, including the development of print materials, educational activities and displays and social media campaigns, and other aspects of event planning.

One World Artisans
The proposed research project is centered on the following research questions:
  • What programs or projects exist in other resettlement agencies and host communities in regards to traditional arts and microenterprise?
  • What markets/sales opportunities exist in the Utica area for traditional artisans to access and sell items? What resources are need to expand MVRCR’s current microenterprise projects and efforts?
  • What is the best strategy for One World Artisans to grow into a sustainable business model?
The Field School Fellow will work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator to learn about and assist with capacity building through research for the One World Artisans group. The group is a collective, made up of artisans from various refugee and immigrant communities in the Utica area. Through their research the Fellow will help to expand the program and assist the Volunteer Coordinator by providing the deliverable of an Ongoing Project Coordination Plan to help increase microenterprise opportunities for artisans and the effectiveness of the One World Artisans program. The Project Coordination Plan will contain the compiled research to include additional community resources, marketing and promotional strategies, potential partnerships and feedback and suggestions from artisans Through the work of a Field School Fellow, One World Artisans will gain a structured plan of action to help promote and expand the project and create new and better opportunities for its artisans.
Required Skills
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.

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees website

National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

About the organization
The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) honors antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery, and the legacy of that struggle, and strives to complete the second and ongoing abolition – the moral conviction to end racism. NAHOF was chartered by the Board of Regents / NYS Education Department in 2007 and provides educational exhibits and programs for elementary, secondary, and college students, as well as for the public. NAHOF is the only museum that presents abolition history based on its reform movement and its people, inducting 19th C. abolitionists with public nominations. NAHOF is 1 of 3 founders of the newly incorporated Underground Railroad CONSORTIUM of New York State, and is a site on the NYS Paths through History, I Love NY, Underground Railroad, and LBGT state trails & programs. Requests for programs on human rights are increasing in outreach programs. As a heritage tourism site, NAHOF provides the Town of Smithfield with an economic benefit and in 2017 will be installing an elevator in the municipal building.
The Project
What are the international, national, state, and local organizations, publications, and individuals that would be interested in NAHOF’s work and programs? In an effort to strengthen capacity and sustainability by building a broader audience base, increasing membership recruitment, increasing abolition nominations, and increasing donations to inductee exhibits, the research will provide more contacts to be scrutinized and added to the Peterboro CRM (Customer Relations Management) to fortify the NAHOF foundation and swell the funding stream. Comparing the 2017 entrance information required at entry to the museum (name, zip, interest, and reason for visiting) will demonstrate generally, and specifically, where and which overtures reap the most benefits for the organization. This information will be useful guidance for NAHOF’s 2017 promotions, future marketing planning, and for grant applications for promotions and data management.

The major focus for the audience building will be for the 2017 Peterboro Heritage theme Crusade for Social Reform in collaboration with the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark. The major focus for NAHOF will be two events:
  • September 22-24, 2017: Celebration of NYS Centennial of Women’s Suffrage to present the history of the relationship between the abolition movement and the women’s movement, and to motivate continuing efforts for women’s rights.
  • October 20 – 22, 2017: Inductee Commemoration Weekend which will include coordination with several colleges, a collaborative read with Mid-York Libraries, a tour of historic Peterboro and Utica, and inductee banners added to Hall of Fame during annual ceremonies.
Recording the time required to do thorough research on these sources can also provide data to support proposals for the hiring of staff.

The information gathering will also record similarities of missions and programs of others with whom NAHOF may form future collaborations.
Required Skills
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.

People Skills:
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

Work Ethic:
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

Production Skills:
Accuracy in written and oral language Able to easily format information in more than one way for dissemination to various potential audiences.
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum website

Oneida Community Mansion House

About the organization
Using its historic site and collections, the non-profit Oneida Community Mansion House shares the story of the Oneida Community – one of the most radical and successful of the 19th-century social experiments – to explore pressing social issues that still confront audiences today.

  • Develop and use our collections and facilities for public exhibitions, tours, educational and interpretive programs, and special events that engage audiences of all ages in the examination of the societal impact and legacy of the Oneida Community.
  • Publish original documents, research and related materials as a basis for educational programming, scholarly collaboration, and for enjoyment by the general public.
  • Make available our site and collections for the benefit of scholars, students, and an interested public
Our programs currently serve audiences in Madison, Oneida, and Onondaga County, including middle school, high school and university students. Program outreach in 2017 is also specifically designed to reach diverse new audiences, including underserved schools and students in the region. Those programs include a discussion series with gender-related topics including reproductive rights, masculinity and work, intersectional activism, and marriage norms; a film seminar and creative workshop for high school students that explores contemporary gender roles; history day camps for children ages 7-12; and guided house tours for school and community groups.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
  • Literature search and analysis typical of scholarly research.
  • Facilitate/lead informal learning programs consistent with best practices in public history sector.
  • Prepare and administer mixed-methods questionnaires consistent with accepted standards of program evaluation and qualitative research.
  • Write for publication a research paper that achieves upper-level undergraduate scholarship.
Oneida Community Mansion House website

Oneida County History Center

About the organization
The center’s mission is to preserve the past of Oneida County and Central New York for present and future generations. The center seeks to make this rich heritage readily available to researchers, families and students, enhancing the community’s knowledge as well as appreciation of its history.

The center engages in numerous activities designed to preserve and promote Mohawk Valley history. These include:
  • Developing rotating exhibits at its 1608 Genesee Street location
  • Operating a full service research library five days/week, year round
  • Maintaining an active public programming schedule that includes lectures, panel discussions, movie screenings, book signings, and workshops. Thirty to forty programs are held annually.
  • Conducting talks and workshops at area schools and for community groups (ex.—Rotary, retirees, other historical societies & museums, etc…)
  • Operating a bookstore on-site that deals exclusively with local history titles and ephemera. A satellite store is also run at the Sangertown Mall in New Hartford every December.
  • Engaging in an active publications effort. Sponsoring the creation of new local history books, booklets, and articles on a regular basis.
  • Administering an internship program to provide high school and college-age students an introduction into museum and public history work.
The Project
How can the Oneida County History Center (OCHC) engage new constituents in the local area? What type of programming can be developed that is applicable to the city of Utica’s immigrant community, which will promote an appreciation for regional history and also the center’s relevance among these new groups?

Museums exist to preserve artifacts and archival material for citizens to learn from and enjoy. These collections, however, are of little value if they are not used as teaching tools with which to engage the public. For many years the OCHC has voiced the need to reach out to new audiences now living in the area. These audiences are primarily composed of refugees and immigrants from war-torn areas of the world including Bosnia, Sudan, and southeast Asia. Our center is seeking a Field School Fellow to develop and implement a summer outreach program to address this priority.

Our vision for this effort is ambitious but achievable. It is necessarily limited in its scope, but we hope it can be used as a model to guide the creation of future outreach programs. Elements include:
  • Development of an interactive youth-oriented local history series (in the form of on- and off-site presentations) designed to enhance the audience’s understanding of significant events, locations, and people from the Mohawk Valley region.
  • Creation of a supporting exhibit that will be displayed at the OCHC for one calendar year.
  • Interaction with local immigrant communities and media outlets to advertise this program, raise awareness, and boost support.
  • Completion of all elements by the summer’s end.
The successful Fellow will bear responsibility for this project. Along the way, he/she will gain familiarity with museum education, community outreach, media relations, and nonprofit administration. The experience is structured to be a ‘real world’ introduction into the museum and education fields.
Required Skills
  • An interest in history and/or museum work as a potential career choice; course concentrations including Education, History, Museum Studies, Anthropology and Archival Management are especially helpful.
  • Someone interested in gaining experience along a broad range of activities including museum education, public relations, digital media, and basic collections care/exhibits development;
  • Comfort with computers, especially Microsoft Office, is essential. Experience with our collections management program (PastPerfect) is preferred but is not mandatory.
  • A highly organized mindset and the ability to engage with younger visitors is important;
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • A ‘self starter’, requiring basic guidance but can work without supervision once given a direction.
Oneida County History Center website

Pathfinder Village

About the organization
Founded originally as the first and only community established specifically for individuals with Down syndrome, the mission of Pathfinder Village is to promote a healthy, progressive environment that respects each individual, supporting a life of value and independence for children and adults with Down syndrome and related developmental disabilities. Recognizing the gifts, talents and abilities of each person we support, the Pathfinder Village community enables individuals with disabilities and their families to envision and to create a “life with meaning” that includes friendships, independence, community involvement and the freedom to pursue individual interests and life goals.

Licensed and certified by the NYS Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities, the NYS Education Department and the NYS Department of Health, Pathfinder Village provides a wide range of services and supports for children and adults from 5-85+ years of age, in a carefully planned community campus setting that mirrors a small New England style village. Programs and services include:
  • Residential Services and Supports: Households of 5-10 people share family-like living experiences in a neighborhood setting surrounding a village green.
  • Health Services: Comprehensive health services are provided through on-site nursing staff as well through an on-site community health clinic provided in collaboration with Bassett Healthcare.
  • Educational Programs: Pathfinder School is an SED approved 853 private school that serves both day and residential students between the ages of 5-21 years.
  • Vocational and Day Programs: Specialized pre-vocational programs and adult vocational and day services are offered on site, as well in the greater community, in partnership with area service providers and businesses. Volunteer and paid employment experiences that develop both confidence and real life skills are available for all Pathfinder Village residents.
  • Enrichment and Recreation Programs: Pathfinder Village provides a wide range of arts, sporting, and community experiences to foster and sustain the personal interests, talents and social inclusion of each resident of the Village. Pathfinder also offers a variety of evening and weekend enrichment programs for all residents from the greater Otsego county region.
  • Otsego Academy: a post-secondary 2-year college program that provides academic, vocational and community living skills development for young adults between the ages of 18-30 years.
  • Service Coordination: Service coordination is provided to 140+ children and adults
  • Camp Pathfinder: A unique residential summer camp program for adults with disabilities
The Project
What strategies are most effective in increasing the recruitment and retention of direct support caregivers for aging individuals with disabilities? How can we learn from the work of others and apply that learning to our own work at Pathfinder Village? With the increased life expectancy of persons with disabilities, the importance of assuring a caring and competent workforce to support people across their lifespan is gaining increased attention. Additionally, developing effective strategies to minimize caregiver fatigue and to support direct care providers who may experience high levels of physical and emotional stress on the job is essential.

The Pathfinder Village Human Services Workforce project proposes to research national best practices in direct support workforce recruitment and retention, and to invite representatives of select programs to participate in a Regional Workforce Summit to be held in upstate New York in the fall of 2017. The Summit will showcase exemplary human service workforce development programs from across the United States and provide participants with opportunities to provide input to state and national policy development, explore new career education models, and network with leaders from across the northeast.

A related component to this Project is to assist in the design, implementation and evaluation of specific on-the-job strategies to reduce the level of residential caregiver physical and emotional fatigue in a residential home that supports aging adults with disabilities at Pathfinder Village. We would like to pilot and assess new strategies that support the physical and emotional health of direct support staff, while also building teamwork among care providing staff.

We believe that this project will provide an objective assessment of effective strategies to recruit, retain and support direct care providers who may work in disability settings, long term care settings, or with individuals who are aging and live at home. We expect this project to influence the quality of daily life, not only for persons with disabilities, but also for their caregivers. Project results will further inform current and future community living support models for persons with disabilities, as well as for the caregivers who support them.
Required Skills
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.
Pathfinder Village website

Partnership for Community Development

About the organization
The Partnership for Community Development (PCD) is an enterprising non-profit 501c3 community development corporation whose service area comprises Hamilton area. Established in 1998, the PCD works closely with our partners; the Village of Hamilton, the Town of Hamilton and Colgate University to enhance sustainable economic opportunities and foster community vitality by seeking new and existing resources to launch and manage robust, imaginative community-based projects. We will enhance sustainable economic opportunity and community vitality in the village and town of Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Specifically, we help:
  • Existing businesses and farms thrive.
  • Attract and support new community-minded businesses and talent to our area.
  • Develop attractive, inviting and commercially viable downtown area.
  • Preserve and enhance the small town, rural character of our community, staying authentic to who we are.
  • Foster widespread civic involvement in community development initiatives.
  • Research, solicit, and administer grants and gifts to serve these purposes and leverage the community resources of our Partner organizations.
The Project
How can Hamilton grow access to local, healthy food for those using SNAP benefits? What can be done to support dairy farmers transitioning to organic and/or grass-fed practices?

PCD is interested to know what barriers exist for SNAP benefit users wishing to purchase healthy, local food through markets, farm stands, and traditional commercial outlets. We would like a fellow to research existing models for use of SNAP benefits that allow for more purchasing choices and how these differ from the options currently available in Madison County.

Additionally, PCD would like to understand how to support dairy farmers transitioning to grass-fed and organic practices, and to find commonalities between those needs to pursue funding and programming.
Required Skills
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.
Partnership for Community Development website

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

About the organization
"Inspired by the relationship between art and nature, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park seeks to educate and engage the public through its exhibitions, collections, interpretation, and community outreach program in the arts. Set among 104 acres of conserved land and groomed trails, the Art Park is dedicated to providing a unique environment for showcasing art by emerging and established artists, in natural and gallery settings."

In addition to opening its four miles of hiking/walking trails and outdoor sculpture to the public. The Art Park offers artist-led workshops, educational tours, gallery exhibitions, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2014, the Art Park’s Dorothy Riester house and studio were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dorothy Riester and her husband Bob founded the Art Park in 1991, gifting their home and property to the organization in 1998. The Art Park is currently in the process of providing more public access to this facility through the interpretation of this mid-century modern home and its collection of artwork and objects.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
Attention to detail, ability to work independently, basic understanding of web-based database systems, and ability to conduct in-depth research.
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park website

Town of Hamilton

About the organization
The Town of Hamilton (TOH) is the governmental entity of 6,690 citizens (per the 2010 Census), which encompasses the most of the Village of Hamilton, a portion of the Village of Earlville, as well as Poolville, Hubbardsville and South Hamilton. The TOH provides a variety of services to its residents with its main focus on being road maintenance and snow removal. Additional services include: hunting and fishing licenses; dog control and dog licensing; marriage, birth and death certificates; Property Assessment; and Codes Enforcement and building inspections. The TOH provides financial support to: libraries in the Villages of Earlville and Hamilton; the Southern Madison County Ambulance Corp; and the summer youth recreation program. Additionally, the TOH supports local organizations that serve the local community as well as community based events and celebrations, such as the 4th of July Parade. The Supervisor for the TOH represents the Town residents on the Madison County Board of Supervisors and provides a link between governments at the local and County level. Currently, the TOH is at the final stages of updating its 1999 Comprehensive Plan. This document will create a road map for the next 5-10 years for the town.
The Project
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.
Required Skills
Good web-based research skills. The ability to develop web content. Bonus: web design experience.
Town of Hamilton website

Village of Hamilton

About the organization
The Village, with a population of 4,239 in 2010, is within the Town of Hamilton and is located in the Chenango Valley in Madison County. The Village is approximately 40 miles southeast of Syracuse and 30 miles southwest of Utica. First inhabited by members of the Iroquois League, it was later settled by Elisha Payne, and was called Payne’s Settlement. Payne and his wife, among the first settlers, donated their land to the Baptist Theological Society, which became Colgate University in 1819, (not to be confused with Hamilton College which is located 30 miles north in Clinton, New York.)

The Village of Hamilton is governed by a five member Board of Trustees with the Mayor as presiding officer. In addition to the elected officials and professional officers, the governance of the Village rests in the hands of about fifty volunteers who serve by appointment on ten boards, commissions, and committees.

A vibrant downtown area surrounds the Village Green with numerous restaurants, specialty shops, a movie theater, a live theatre house, coffee house, the Colgate Inn and the Colgate University Bookstore. Many consider Hamilton be a little city as we own and operate our own municipal electric and natural gas utility, police and fire departments as well as an airport with a 5,300 foot runway and an adjacent industrial park that is zoned for light industry, service and professional office buildings.

The Village is also served by a volunteer ambulance service (SOMAC) and Community Memorial Hospital. Recreation abounds in the area including approximately 9 miles of Village maintained trails along the former Ontario and Western Railroad right-of-way and the original Chenango Canal towpath.
The Project
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\> <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. </br\></br\>
Required Skills
It is critical that the Fellow work well with individuals who are themselves very busy as they meet the day-to-day changing needs of the community. It will be critical that the Fellow has strong organization skills, is systematic, and is friendly. Communication with property will be a crucial part of the job. Strong computer skills are very important.