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#SUNYSA Pretty amazing! July 14, 2014

It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the half way point in July and only a couple of weeks from our first official SUNYSA Executive Committee (EC) Meeting, UAlbany is be hosting us for the first meeting.Thank you to everyone at UAlbany!!

The EC will have a great opportunity during our first ever SUNYSA Day at SUNY System Administration on Friday, August 1, 2014. The SUNYSA Day is meant to give all of us face time with top SUNY staff who will be providing us with up-to-date information on the SUNY wide initiatives and issues that concern our students.

I am pretty excited about the new format of our monthly EC meetings. We are breaking new ground with the Friday evening Town Hall Meeting in which any students from a campus within a 50ish mile radius of the host campus are invited to attend to discuss any ideas, issues, and/or concerns with the EC.  The meeting is also open to any alumni, faculty, and staff as we try this avenue to help us to better advocate for our #SUNY students!

This forum will help us to have a better understanding of the needs which will be addressed internally, with the proper SUNY staff, and/or as we move to formulate the 2014-2015 Legislative Agenda.

Another amazing aspect of the new format is to have the host campus establish a community service project for the EC, students, alumni, etc. to be engaged in while we are visiting their campus.  This project could be anything from donating non-perishable food items, gently-used children’s books or winter clothing to a hands on project on Sunday morning before we all head back home. Giving a hand up can truly change your life!!

Here is the list of our upcoming EC meetings and the Fall Conference location and dates:

2014-2015 Meeting Dates

August 1, 2014 (SUNY System Administration/University at Albany)

September 19, 2014 (Potsdam)

October 17, 2014 [Fall Conference] (RIT Inn & Convention Center, Rochester)

November 7, 2014 (Oswego)

January (Stony Brook)

February (University of Buffalo Undergrad/Grad)

March (TBA)

April [Spring Conference] (TBA)

We are looking forward to all of campuses getting involved with the EC. We are #SUNYStrong!

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The Power in Volunteer/Community Service/Service Learning Work Part II November 1, 2013

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Part II of this series has to deal with community service/involvement.  Community service has been a tradition for quite some time and it involves working without any pay for the greater good of the community.  This service is usually directed toward local issues where other volunteer organizations are mostly focused on larger issues/problems from city, state, and the world.  The idea behind community service is that when a person gives of his/herself without expecting anything in return and is each person were to give just a little in their own backyard well then the world would be a much better place because of that service.  When people reach out to the community through service then it inspires others to reach out too!  All-in-all, community service helps build stronger communities. I don’t know about you but when I am involved within the community I am much happier.

There are numerous reasons why people are engaged in community service but whatever the reason it is the community that benefits.  This service can range from cleaning up trash along a roadside, helping read to children at the local library, reaching out the the elderly, working at the local food pantry, or tutoring someone in need just to name a few.  This service can be any length of time that you want it to be unless there are requirements mandated for various reasons.

Contact local agencies and/or organizations such as: churches, local schools. government, and charitable programs.  There is always a need within the community for community service as long as you are ready, willing, and able to reach out to help.

For more information regarding community service, please visit this website: http://www.ehow.com/how_2241582_get-involved-community-service.html.