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UAlbany's EOP Students, Led by Senior Molly Silvanic, Warmed Hearts at the Holidays

Delivering gifts to young patients at Albany Medical Center Hospital, and collecting donations for a local food pantry and Equinox Center were just a few of the ways University at Albany’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students touched the community this holiday season.
UAlbany students wrap holiday gifts.
UAlbany EOP students Molly Silvanic (senior/Social Welfare), Joel Livingston (senior/Criminal Justice) and Prissilla Issa (sophomore/Biology) wrap donated toys for holiday giving to the children at Albany Medical Center. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

Led by UAlbany senior Molly Silvanic, president of the EOP Student Administrative Council, the students sought to make the holidays a little brighter for those in need. EOP provides assistance to students who may not have the chance to go to college. Students like Silvanic appreciate that assistance and empathize, and are thus tuned in to the importance of cheering up a child in the hospital or supporting homeless shelters.

At UAlbany, Silvanic has made the most of opportunities to develop her leadership skills. “I have spoken in front of crowds of over 600 people. I actively serve on seven boards for different groups, and assist students with pursuing community service and fund-raising opportunities, educational programs, and social events so students can not only learn more about one another and their community here in Albany, but also the world-at-large,” she said.

EOP gave Silvanic the chance to travel with a group to Haiti, where she taught English lessons to children who survived the devastating January 2010 earthquake. Her commitment to Haiti continues; she is leading a fund-raising drive for Haiti in 2012 and has run clothing drives for the island nation. So far, $2,000 has been collected toward the goal of $7,500. To donate, contact Silvanic at

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