SUNY Poly Community Engagement

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY Project 

Students and community members work together to raise awareness and celebrate refugee stories and cultures; act as an information hub by, for, and about refugees in Utica, NY. The project hosts cultural events, collects photographs and stories, and does volunteer work related to refugees. It is a collaborative project that brings together students from SUNYIT, MVCC, and the Utica City Schools. The project Facebook page is the site where events and news are announced. SUNYIT students have done independent study and master's thesis projects related to Starting Over project activities and archives. Learn more at www.startingoverutica.com.

Campus contact:
Kathryn Stam, Associate Professor of Anthropology
stamk@sunyit.edu

Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement

Providing life long learning opportunities for "baby boomers and beyond," the project explores the interests of older adults, in a friendly, non-threatening environment where the emphasis is on the joy of learning and staying connected - no examinations or grades. A wide array of courses, speaker events, and special interest groups are provided to members of this on-campus non-profit organization.

Campus contact:
Ann Maher, MVILR Executive Director
mvilr@sunyit.edu

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Bullying

The negative effect of bullying (peer victimization) on psychosocial adjustment has been demonstrated across 25 European and North American countries, and the consequences of peer victimization have been linked to increased risk for internalizing and externalizing disorders, PTSD, and poor academic performance. Research on bullying has investigated the role of both risk factors and protective factors associated with bullying behavior and its psychosocial consequences. Utilizing data obtained from the Oneida County TEEN ASSESSMENT PROJECT (TAP) the presenters add to the research on peer victimization by further investigating the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on bullying behavior, as well as the moderating effects of various forms of social support (family, school and community) on the bullying experience.

Campus contacts:
Dr. Joanne Joseph
joanne.joseph@sunyit.edu

Dr. Veronica Tichenor
tichenv@sunyit.edu

Dr. Rosemary Mullick
rosemary@sunyit.edu

Digital Towpath/Institute for Local Government

Digital Towpath provides local governments with easy-to-use, cost-efficient tools to build full-featured web sites, increase communication with citizens, manage electronic records, and improve efficiency. The Institute for Local Government provides administrative services, training and support for the users of the Digital Towpath Project software. Digital Towpath is an e-government solution for local governments that understand the utility of the internet and recognize its growing importance as a community resource. Through Digital Towpath's easy to implement and maintain e-government system, local government can provide and receive information and interact with the community in ways that just a few years ago did not seem possible. As a resource for people outside the community to learn more about your city, town, or village, Digital Towpath provides the flexibility that is needed to develop your community’s online signature.

Campus contact:
Jeanne Brown
Jeanne.Brown@sunyit.edu

Leadership Mohawk Valley        

Developing leaders committed to the Mohawk Valley, LMV has been successful because a sense of urgency to develop future leaders in the community. The 10-month leadership program develops a knowledgeable group of people prepared to be leaders in the community and to shape its future. It also provides experience in group dynamics, team leadership, presentation skills and professional and personal growth. The “awareness and engagement” focus of the LMV program has produced over 800 graduates from the region between Little Falls and Rome.

Campus contact person:
Ann Rushlo, Executive Director
Ann.Rushlo@sunyit.edu

SummerITeens

These academic day camps for middle and high school students encourage interactive, creative STEM education. The camps are offered during July and August, are tuition based, with community-supported need-based scholarships available. Camp instruction provided by professional SUNYIT faculty and staff. In 2013 camps included:

  • Introduction to FIRST ®  LEGO ® League
  • LEGO Mindstorms ® Robotics Level 1
  • SUMO Robotics
  • Advanced Robotics - Sensing your World
  • Girls' Math/Science - Communications Theme
  • What's the Problem - Figure It Out!
  • Nano Camp
  • National Summer Transportation Institute

Campus Contact:
Elizabeth Rossi
315 792-7383
Elizabeth.Rossi@sunyit.edu

FIRST Lego League®

Using Lego Mindstorms Robotics kits, teams of 9-14 year old kids design, build and program autonomous robots to maneuver a field of Lego Structures in time-trials.  Contest took place on the SUNYIT campus.

Campus Contact:
Elizabeth Rossi
315 792-7383
Elizabeth.Rossi@sunyit.edu

Mohawk Valley Technology Education and Pre-Engineering Showcase®

Every March, technology students from Mohawk Valley schools take over the SUNYIT campus to display projects they have been working on in class. There are technology competitions, including CAD, several kinds of robotics, digital photography, CO2 car races, and catapult/trebuchet contests. The showcase is held on SUNYIT campus. Area colleges send representatives, host tables, and offer displays to inspire teenagers to look toward a career future in technology/engineering while also discussing options for post-secondary technology and engineering education here in the Mohawk Valley.

Campus Contact:
Elizabeth Rossi
315 792-7383
Elizabeth.Rossi@sunyit.edu

Robot Riot®

This spirited contest encourages creativity among students between ages 9 and 18 and allows coaches to compete in groups of 2 - 10 to design, build and program robots.

Campus Contact:
Elizabeth Rossi
315 792-7383
Elizabeth.Rossi@sunyit.edu

National Science Foundation After School STEM Mentoring Fellowship Program®

SUNYIT has partnered with the New York Academy of Sciences and Empire State College on this National Science Foundation-sponsored program to offer a unique opportunity for graduate students. Graduate students in a STEM discipline may apply to participate as middle school mentors, enhancing STEM educational opportunities for area children, with hands-on learning experiences in an informal after school setting. Participant graduate students may enroll tuition-free in a 3-credit graduate course through Empire State College, called Practicum in Teaching and Mentoring in STEM. This course covers general pedagogy for new teachers as well as specific topics in mentoring
For more background on the NSF After School STEM Mentoring Fellowship Program, please see http://www.nyas.org/landing/sunyafterschoolfaq.aspx

Campus contact:
Elizabeth Rossi
315 792-7383
Elizabeth.Rossi@sunyit.edu

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNYIT

SBDC advances the job development, investment, and economic growth priorities of New York State. The SBDC emphasizes counseling and training services to women, veterans, people with special needs, and minority entrepreneurs. The SBDC also focuses on manufacturers, exporters, technology-oriented firms, government contractors, and projects.  Annually the SBDC serves several hundred clients and provides dozens of educational and training opportunities.

Campus contact:
Roxanne Mutchler, SBDC Acting Director
mutchlr@sunyit.edu

National Manufacturing Day

This program supports the growth of manufacturing by showcasing new technologies, career opportunities and economic impact. SUNYIT hosted 400 manufacturers, local business representatives, college and high school students and school administrators on October 4th 2013.  Attendees enjoyed interactive displays from local advanced manufacturers and colleges. A panel of manufacturers addressed the skills required for their industry and fielded questions from the audience. Speakers from EDGE, Fort Schuyler Management Corporation and SUNYIT shared information regarding Nano Utica, and the Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing.

Campus Contact:
Kate Alcott
315 792-7549
alcottk@sunyit.edu

NY State Regional Business Plan Competition, Mohawk Valley Regional Qualifier

In this competition, teams of collegiate entrepreneurs in the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Council’s six county area pitch their business ideas and compete for the opportunity to move on to the state competition at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.  Teams from six colleges in the region participated, pitching their ideas to a panel of judges representing banking, economic development and local entrepreneurs. Seven winning teams moved on to compete at the NYS Business Plan Competition. One of the teams from Fulton Montgomery Community College placed fourth in the Energy/Sustainability category. SUNYIT hosted the Regional Qualifier again this year. http:www.sunyit.edu/workshops/

Campus contact:
Kate Alcott
315 792-7549
alcottk@sunyit.edu

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