On May 2, seven groups of Cayuga Community College students received accolades for their acts of service to the community. The Celebration of Service event was organized by Ashley Shaw, a 2010 Fordham University graduate who has spent the past year as the coordinator of service learning at Cayuga through the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program.
"Cayuga students contribute so much to their community, and I think it is of utmost importance that we recognize all of their hard work and dedication," Shaw said. "My year at CCC has been both challenging and extremely fulfilling. The faculty, students, and staff have been incredibly welcoming, and it has been a wonderful experience working with them. My hope is that their dedication to serving the community continues to blossom here at Cayuga."
During the event, representatives from the seven groups presented an overview of their activities and showcased their accomplishments. The groups who were recognized included student clubs, academic classes, and student-led projects:
- Tutor Club and its Prom Dress Project, which raised more than $2,100 in two sales this year
- Criminal Justice Club and its Take Back the Night event and work with the Child Advocacy Center
- INT 239 Interdisciplinary Study in Native American Culture and Education and the class trip to Florida to work with the Ahfachkee School on the Seminole reservation
- SD 201 Introduction to Civic Engagement, an independent service learning course that worked with Habitat for Humanity and Booker T. Washington after-school program
- CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope), through which accounting students provide a free tax preparation and electronic filing service for low-income earners
- The Internship Program
- Student Technology Fee Grant Proposal
"Community service takes on many forms at Cayuga — from student club activities to off-site community service projects and volunteering with community organizations," said Sheila Myers, coordinator of experiential learning initiatives. "This event also highlights the important role that service learning plays in integrating classroom lessons with activities occurring in the community around us."
As Shaw finishes up her year of VISTA service at Cayuga, she plans on eventually returning to work full-time in higher education and maintaining her commitment to active volunteerism.
The College hopes to work with a new VISTA employee next year who can continue the great work Shaw has begun, according to Myers.
For more information about service learning at Cayuga, contact Sheila Myers at Sheila.Myers@cayuga-cc.edu or 315-255-1743, ext. 2122.