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DEEP Service Newsletter: Summer Edition 2011

DEEP Service Newsletter: Summer Edition 2011

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The DEEP Service Newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that features articles and stories about community service and anti-poverty initiatives at Siena College.
The DEEP Service Newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that features articles and stories about community service and anti-poverty initiatives at Siena College.

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Summer 2011
A Bi-Monthly Newsletter of the Siena College Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy’s Office of Academic Community Engagement
Summer Leadership Institute at Siena CollegeBonner Travel HighlightsNew VISTA FellowsAcademic Service Learning Fall Preview
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ACE Summer in Review
Summer was as busy as ever for the Office of AcademicCommunity Engagement. We said goodbye to our 2010-2011Siena AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows Team. We are so proud of their impact and the legacies that they left at their community partner organizations during their service-year. As soon as wesaid goodbye we welcomed a brand new team of VISTAFellows, including five returning Siena VISTAs. Our team isalready off to a great start, continuing work at our existing community partner sites and forging relationships with new ones. This summer we went all over the country - China, India,Maine, New Jersey, Canada, Oregon and Louisiana - forconferences and service trips. Highlighted in this newsletter areBonner international stories of service in impoverished areas of India and national stories of rural poverty in Northern Maineand Canada. A number of 2010-2011 Siena AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows traveled to New Orleans,Louisiana for the Corporation for National and Community Service’s annual National Conference on Volunteering andService. We also hosted people from all over the country at SienaCollege for the Bonner Foundation’s annual Bonner SummerLeadership Institute. Over 400 participants from 80 colleges inthe Bonner Foundation’s network came to this four day conference that focused on building sustainable community partnerships and enhancing professional skills through workshops facilitated by experts in the field.Our ten week Summer Service Associates Program wassuccessful, with almost 30 members placed in five of ourcommunity partner sites. Three of our Summer Service Associates were camp counselors for our first ever CivicEngagement Camp for high school students. We recruited over20 participants who learned about key community issues andstrategies to address them in two week-long sessions. We had a great summer and I hope you enjoy reading all of ourservice activities as we continue to fulfill our mission of “building a world that is more just, peaceable and humane.”
 Jennifer Simek
Siena AmeriCorps*VISTA LeaderCoordinator of ACE Public Relations
Siena Summer Service Associates andCivic Engagement Camp Counselorsposing for the Civic Engagement Campflyer that went out to local area highschool students.
 This past June marked a new chapter in the history of the Siena Bonner Service Leaders Program - sixmembers went across the world to India and spent five weeks interning at several non-profit organizations inand around the city of Bangalore. These included the Association for Peoples with Disabilities (APD), theDomestic Worker’s Movement, and Emmaus Hospital.Stephanie Belmont ’12, Jensen Daniel ’13, MelanieIannacone ’12, Meghan O’Mara ’12, Sophia Pierre-Charles ’12 and Bernadette Schmidt ’13 eachparticipated in a fruitful and enriching experience,getting a firsthand opportunity to not only grow professionally, but also become more culturally aware of a country that is so unlike their own. This experienceenabled them to fulfill one of their Bonner six commoncommitments of “International Perspective,” whileopening their eyes to the rest of the world, rather thanconfining themselves to just our borders.Each student was placed in a site based on their majorand career aspirations. Jensen and Bernadette, who areboth pre-med students, did hands on work withEmmaus Hospital. They worked with leprosy patients,an experience they never would have had in the UnitedStates. Sophia, a Psychology major, worked with people who are domestic workers living in the slums of Bangalore. They listened to their brave stories of work. The majority of the people she talked to were abusedboth physically and sexually by their employers.Stephanie, who aspires to be a Speech Therapist afterSiena, worked with the speech therapist at APD. Shegained a new perspective onthe professionthat she wouldnot have gottenin the UnitedStates. Melanie, who isconsidering being a teacher, lead classes at APD and created lessons forthe students. Meghan, who is a history major,investigated the history of discrimination towardspeople with disabilities in India. She had the opportunity to film a documentary for the school. Each student took away something from their internship that will helpmold the rest of their education and lay down thefoundation for their future careers.
Bonners Serve in In 
Bonner Service LeadersMeghan O’Mara ’12 andMelanie Iannacone ’12 inIndia, posing with children atthe Association for Peopleswith Disabilities.
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