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1 HP200, Clarkson University Community Outreach Programs & Partnerships Honors Program Fall 2003 Sophomore-Level Contemporary Problem Course The presentation is on the Web at

2 Course Objectives To give students experience with working as part of a multidisciplinary team to address a real client’s needs To produce recommendations about community outreach programs & partnerships that will be useful to Clarkson decision makers

3 Client’s Stated Need That Clarkson will achieve its vision re community affairs –The community will benefit from students, professors and staff using their skills, talents, and knowledge in partnerships with local organizations to resolve community issues –Students will benefit, personally and professionally, from participating in these community partnerships

4 Problem Definition Examine Clarkson’s current community partnerships in selected sectors Examine community needs Identify specific opportunities for future outreach programs & partnerships Identify and prioritize issues that need to be resolved to facilitate expansion of Clarkson’s outreach programs & partnerships

5 Community Sectors Examined Non-Profit Organizations Business Education Health/Medical Community Local Government Plus an “intergroup” to develop general conclusions

6 Clarkson and the Non-Profit Community Presented by Ken Crawford and Michael Gumuka Group Members: Kimberly Anderson Timothy Deschenes Hope Matis Justin Ricci Justin Slaby Rae Ware Advisor: Stub Estey

7 Current State of Affairs… Clarkson is currently involved with the community in the following ways: – County Connection – GIVE Fair – Forensics Lab – TC120 class – Professor Johnson’s classes – American Red Cross emergency shelters – Psychology department internships

8 Getting Started… Criteria for a potential partnership: – Must be some sort of “reward” for Clarkson, students, and the non-profit group – Should not hurt other community groups – Preferable something Clarkson students can apply their technical skills to Two organizations chosen as having serious potential: American Red Cross and United Way

9 Red Cross Possibilities… Damage Assessment Building Shelters after a natural disaster Stone Hospital – Sackets Harbor Preservation One year Americorps internship United Way Possibilities… Short term special project internships Computer donations Software tutorials

10 United Way Partnership… Computer Tutorial Sessions – This partnership would involve Clarkson students developing and running workshops based on computer programs for local non-profit groups – These groups would be referred to the students through United Way

11 Basic Overview of the Program… Extracurricular Activity under the OCCC Memo of Understanding Lead by “volunteer” professor Students must apply Seminars designed and run by students Forfeit fee Non-profits evaluate students at end of workshop United Way recruits non-profits, OCCC schedules the classes

12 Incentives for Participation in this Program… For United Way For Students For Clarkson University

13 Conclusion This program would meet the vast majority of points made within the Mission and Vision statements provided for this course at the beginning of the semester Thank you very much!

14 Business Group: Melinda Au Sigmund Ausfresser Andy Fox Sarah Morris Kirstin Schillemat Joshua Smith Kyle Zess

15 Overview Discuss current state/partnerships of Clarkson Analyze other universities’ programs Recommendations Questions?/Comments

16 Retail-Purchasing: Clarkson PurchasingStudent Purchasing Communication/Perception  Yesterday’s Door  Prizebuzz  Public Bidding Communication  Student wants  Student Studies/surveys  Ethnic/Cultural Cases Local Resources  Environmental co-op  Farmer in Copenhagen Advertising  Signs/Flyers Current Program  Trader Current Programs  Monthly Flyer  Old Studies Other University Programs  Open forums  Buying local produce Other Universities Programs  Open Forums

17 Retail Purchasing - Recommendation Marketing class/Work Study –Student surveys –Result analysis –Maintaining public website Open forums Convenience store Local Produce

18 Economic Development Intellectual Property

19 CU Intellectual Property Tech. ApplicationTech. Transfer Issue: Clarkson weakly publicizes available intellectual property Issue: Clarkson tech. has limited impact on local businesses Recommendation: Office of Technology Transfer Recommendation: Support business incubation Other University Programs: Common, easily accessible Other University Programs: RPI Technology Park Benefits: Foundation of more ambitious programs, better communication Benefits: To University, students, local businesses and economy

20 Conclusions Purchasing –Clarkson refocus on local purchases –Develop marketing class Economic Development / IP –Central tech. transfer office –Increased support for new businesses Communication / Publicity

21 Clarkson North Country Partnership Initiative: Education Sector Akua Amoah Lynda Buechel Josh Harwood Jeff Meadows Jonathan McGeoch Danielle Petko Adam Searleman David Swan Marianna Worczak

22 Steps Taken Current educational partnerships Community needs Brainstormed Evaluated feasibility Feedback Selected ideas

23 Selection Criteria Flexibility Inclusiveness Low Cost Sustainability Mutually Beneficial Minimal Administrative Resources

24 Science Fair Structure –Variable ages and topics –Business sponsors –Clarkson students as mentors Feedback –High enthusiasm –Transportation concerns –Teacher involvement Implementation –Possibly “housed” by Educational Outreach –Student coordinators Challenges –Start-up issues –Campus involvement

25 Benefits/Advantages Improved community image Cultivate interest in the sciences Recruitment Student mentors gain leadership experience Cultivate interest in the sciences Provides project- based learning and research opportunities Area-wide science fair Open to all students Clarkson:Community:

26 Clarkson Courses For High School Students Possible structures –Students come to Clarkson –Courses taught at high schools –Distance learning Feedback –Students should come to Clarkson –Minimal or no cost Implementation –Students fill empty lecture seats –Student selection criteria Challenges –Scheduling –Transportation –Insurance and liability

27 Benefits/Advantages Recruiting tool Liberal Arts courses gain insights from another age genre Improves Clarkson’s image in the community College experience Intensive labs Accommodates high school schedules Students receive college credit Clarkson:Community:

28 Concluding Points Science Fair –Multi-age, annual event –Student and faculty mentoring –Improves Clarkson’s image Clarkson Courses –Enhances H.S. education in North Country –Showcases Clarkson’s facilities –Powerful recruitment tool

29 Clarkson University and the Medical Community Presented by: Peter Bird David Bogdan Peter Bird David Bogdan Lindsay Emerson Daniel Marker Halimatu Mohammed Christopher Mundy Christa Rideout Stephen Williams Team Members:

30 Purpose To evaluate Clarkson’s current involvement in the medical sector To determine the needs of the medical community To identify areas of need that are not being met by current programs To design a mutually beneficial sample partnership between Clarkson and the medical community

31 Community Needs Volunteers: –Students helping out in the ER at night on the weekend –Health fairs and blood drives Resources: –Funding for education programs in nutrition –Telemedicine program

32 Proposed Partnership: Center for Grant Writing Purpose: –To give local organizations support in applying for financial grants –To improve the professional writing skills of Clarkson’s students –To increase the service learning opportunities available to students and faculty

33 Instruction Mechanism Program –Seminars, workshops, and independent study projects Personnel –Students, faculty, staff, administrative assistants –Community participation

34 Institutional Structure Housed in the Technical Communications Department, and Center for Excellence in Communication Grant Writing Center would coordinate all related activities

35 Programs at Comparable Universities Internet resources –Many schools have online guides to writing proposals Many schools simply have writing centers –Only offer help to faculty and students Library resources on grants –University of Wisconsin has a department in its library that maintains a collection of available grants –The library also offers several seminars on finding grants Merwin Rural Services Institute –Part of SUNY Potsdam, offers several seminars on finding/obtaining grants

36 Conclusion One of the medical community’s greatest needs is funding A grant proposal writing center could help provide funding to both the community and to the school Students could gain valuable technical writing skills and practical experience Clarkson could gain a reputation in the community for this unique program

37 HP200 – Government Group Andrea Fischer Chris Folts David Kopp Norm Marshall Mike Ronan Romana Semouchtchak Picture is from

38 Overview Government Partnering Opportunities –Recreation Enhancement Programs –Government Service Center Organizational Coordinating Office Concerning Issues

39 Recreational Proposal Recreational Enhancements –Options –Educational Opportunities 1989 EQBA Grant Current Projects The picture was found on

40 Government Service Center Proposal Information Flow Short Term Projects Internship Potentials Long Term Projects

41 Issues Funding Participation –Faculty –Students –Community Legal Continuity

42 Conclusion Real World Experience for Students Efforts benefit community The picture was found on …Living together, working together, learning together…

43 HP200 Intergroup November 21, 2003 Joshua Harwood Norman Marshall Hope Matis Jeffery Meadows Christa Rideout Michael Ronan Kyle Zess

44 Formation Identify issues common to all groups Discuss possible solutions Combine 5 groups into overall “picture” of Clarkson University Focus on “clearing-house”

45 Mission The mission of the Clarkson- Community Connection Office (CCCO) is to provide a single link between Clarkson University resources and community needs.

46 Needs Website and address Phone number Brochure Newsletter? Staff Location

47 Responsibilities Advertising Coordinating community requests with proper University service Organization of contact events Representatives

48 Primary Staff Individual Database Secretary Relay Contact point Report to University

49 Vision This office will act as a liaison between Clarkson University and surrounding organizations, as well as facilitating contact between existing groups and programs on campus. We envision our students gaining valuable real-world experience through their activities, and a marked improvement in the image and involvement of Clarkson University in the local community.

50 Faculty Mentor Team Jerry Gravander (Liberal Arts) – Team Mentor & Co-Coordinator Jeff Chiarenzelli (Geology) – Team Mentor Stub Estey (Shipley Center) – Team Mentor & Co-Coordinator Tom Ortmeyer (Engineering) – Team Mentor

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