VISTA LeaderNeﬁsah Sallim andVISTA FellowVictoria Malaney during a VISTA recruitment tablingevent at SkidmoreCollege.
ACE Winter Highlights and SpringHappenings
By Jennifer Simek, VISTA Leader
This winter has been snowy and cold but that has nothindered the service activities happening within theOfﬁce of Academic Community Engagement. In fact, ourstaff and program participants have been busier thanever. Since our last issue, we hosted our ﬁrst ACE MidYear Retreat. Organized by our Administrative Staff andVISTA Leaders, the Bonner Service Leaders and VISTAFellows engaged in stimulating workshops that touchedon topics like volunteer recruitment and management,networking tips and strategies, strategic planning,managing difﬁcult conversations and conﬂict resolution,as well as much more. We also incorporated socialactivities and team building exercises that everyoneenjoyed.At the start of February, the VISTA Program beganrecruiting for new VISTA Fellows for the Summer2011-2012 service year. Recruitment will end at theMarch 30th Siena Career Fair where VISTA Leaders andFellows will be on hand to inform interested Sienastudents and young professionals about our campus-community engagement opportunities. Before the end ofrecruitment, the VISTA Program will have visited six localcolleges, including Skidmore College, College of St.Rose, Union College and SUNY Albany. Our applicantpool is growing and we are excited to begin the interviewprocess in April and May.We are also recruiting for participants for our SummerService Associates Program. We are excited to organizeand coordinate another great summer of service for localstudents and community members who wish tovolunteer.We are excited to welcome new staff member RuthScipione, who will be coordinating our Academic ServiceLearning (ASL) program. She is a welcome addition toour growing program and we are thrilled to have her joinour team. She is stepping into a variety of compellingASL projects that our VISTA Members have helped toinitiate this Spring. Our community partners MusicMobile, Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, and the Sr. TheaBowman Center for Women are working with faculty andstudents on a variety of exciting projects that are fulﬁllingcourse objectives and helping the community.Lastly, we have ofﬁcially launched our “Change Makers”half-hour radio show on Siena
s radio station, WVCR88.3 The Saint. Each week we feature a change makerin our community. Hosted by the Director of ACE, Dr.Mathew Johnson and Assistant Directors Yalitza Negronand Gretchen Mielke, our show airs every Saturday at5:30 p.m. Please tune in and be inspired by the amazingwork of our community members who are tackling local,national, an international issues.