For Immediate Release
Contact:Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

University at Albany, City of Albany and City School District of Albany
Announce Enhanced Student Collaboration

Partners Launch Student-to-Student Initiative and Kick-Off Community Service Month

ALBANY, NY – October 5, 2011 – The University at Albany, in partnership with the City of Albany and the City School District of Albany, today announced the Student-to-Student initiative.  The new collaboration is designed to enrich existing partnerships, such as in tutoring and mentoring, and connect City and UAlbany students in new ways.  The announcement kicked off UAlbany’s inaugural Community Service Month.  

“The month-long spotlight and the Student-to-Student Initiative build on the important work our students, faculty, and staff do in the region and beyond, as volunteers, in community-engaged courses, and through research,” said George Philip, President, University at Albany. “Our theme is UAlbany – Community Together and we are pleased to join with the City and District as partners to expand our collaborations.”

The announcement preceded performances from a talent “mini camp” where UAlbany student mentors taught hip/hop, stepping, singing, and cheerleading to an enthusiastic group of K-12 students from the CSDA’s Delaware Community School, Hackett Middle School and Albany High School’s Discovery Academy. Students were then treated to a special campus luncheon, accompanied by UAlbany “lunch buddies” who shared their insights about attending college.

“The Student-to-Student initiative opens a world of opportunities for students of all ages in our community  -  from elementary school to graduate students,” said Gerald Jennings, Mayor, City of Albany. “We are pleased to work with UAlbany and the Albany City School District to explore new avenues to enrich the learning experiences of our youth and set them on a path for continued success.”

A Month-Long Spotlight and More
Last May UAlbany President George Philip, Student Association President Zafir Uddin and Graduate Student Organization President Heidi Nicholls designated October as Community Service Month.  The two student leaders and their organizations are playing a major role in developing activities not only for Community Service Month, but for the entire academic year. These student leaders worked with the mayor and superintendent regarding community needs, which led to the development of the Student-to-Student Initiative.

UAlbany’s Community Service webpage includes a calendar of events which will serve as resources for students, faculty, and staff about programs on community-based research and teaching, as well as opportunities to volunteer at local organizations. These resources will be updated throughout the year and can be found by visiting community service calendar of events and community service resource.

A sample of the outreach opportunities includes a regional forum on Engaging Students through Integrating Classroom and Community and faculty-student panels on environmental sustainability and hunger. A variety of volunteer options including Hurricane Irene disaster relief and service efforts, assisting local agencies such as homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, and Schenectady’s Central Park restoration are also available.

“The City School District of Albany sees the Student-to-Student initiative as a perfect vehicle for promoting cutting-edge ideas and technologies in academic areas related to the curriculum including Albany High’s new themes – discovery, innovation, citizenship, and leadership,” said Raymond Colucciello, Superintendent, Albany City Schools. “Together with the University and City, we can enrich our activities to excite and encourage students to reach their greatest potential.”

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