Wendy Lascell & Linda Drake Lead Service-Learning Trip in Wetlands Restoration

Wendy A. Lascell, Chair and Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and Linda Drake, Executive Director of CSRC are leading a wetlands restoration service-learning class from February 27th to March 6th in New Orleans. Eleven students were selected as part of a competitive application process to participate in disaster recovery with the non-profit, Common Ground Relief. Students are helping restore protective wetlands by planting trees and removing invasive species. Students will also conduct other community volunteer work such as monitoring abandoned lots in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood. You can see the video created by the students from the spring 2015 trip posted on Common Ground Relief’s website: http://www.commongroundrelief.org/about-us

March RED Talks to feature Professors Joest, Bernardin, and Blinne

Please join us for our March RED Talks focusing on Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship on 3/2 at 7:30 PM in the Hunt Union Square. LEAD Credit is offered. After the talk there will be coffee, tea, and desserts.

Publishing with the Professor: How Service Learning Can Get You a Job – Dr. Karen Joest is an Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies in the Department of Human Ecology. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth and families in not only local, but international communities. She is the President of Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County, has approximately 75 student mentors in our local schools working with at-risk youth, and spends her summers bringing students to Latin America to work in the international community. This work is not only geared at making a difference for youth and families, but allows our students the ability to apply their skills and knowledge into the field. The skills learned in the field is often translated into more experience which allows students to be more competitive in the job market, applying to graduate school and could even get you published!

Moving (our) Words and Worlds: The Power of Story – Susan Bernardin is Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of English. A 2013 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, she publishes widely on contemporary Native American literary and visual arts. On campus she works to create opportunities for students and faculty to share their knowledge through programs such as the Gender out of Bounds series and the semi-annual WGS Student Symposium. Through her work on the Common Read and coordination of campus visits by Native American writers, educators, and artists, she helps students forge connections between the words they read and broader worlds of intellectual work and creative expression.

Live to Learn to Listen to Love: A Challenge – Dr. Kristen Blinne is an Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Media and an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. This presentation, based on her scholarship on listening, aims to introduce listening as a practice, a process of self-discovery, a creative act, a ritual of discernment, a performative encounter, a skillful means of cultivating present moment awareness, a call to “wake up” to one’s world, and a way of living to learn to listen to love. As part of this presentation, she will challenge the ways in which listening, speaking, and thinking have been cast as separate domains of inquiry, in addition to the lines people draw between their inner and outer worlds and between themselves and others. By doing so, her goal is to invite listeners to “listen with love,” by reflecting deeply on their own listening lives as a tool to enhance relational-self-awareness.

William Starna Elected Fellow

William A. Starna, Emeritus Anthropology, has been elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of History. Membership, by invitation only, is limited to persons with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in New York history as authors, archivists, public historians, teachers, librarians, administrators, and others. The NYAH’s purpose is to be the voice of those engaged in the practice of New York history, to encourage its study, advocate for its strength, and represent the interests of those who work in classrooms, archives, and historical societies.

Ashok Malhotra Publishes Second Volume of Stories

Ashok Kumar Malhotra, Philosophy Emeritus, has had his second volume of 40 Wisdom Stories of Grandpa Chopra was published on December 27, 2015 as EBook by IdeaIndia of UK and is available through Amazon and kindle. Each story has a moral like that of Aesop’s Fables. This book was written during the Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 semesters in the fabulous Seasons Snack Bar of the newly constructed Fitzelle Hall.

Here is the link: http://m.ideaindia.com/by_now.php?id=2132-Wisdom%20Stories%20of%20Grandpa%20Chopra

All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Ninash Foundation (www.ninash.org), a 501 © (3) charity that Ashok founded to promote literacy among female and minority children of India and the world.