Bonni C. Hodges
Bonni C. Hodges, Health Department, recently presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) national conference in San Diego. Her talk featured Girls’ Day Out (GDO) as an illustration of a successful community-college collaboration. GDO, begun in 2001, is an annual event put on by the Cortland YWCA, SUNY Cortland and the SUNY Cortland Athletics Department involving girls in grades five through eight in a day of non-traditional sporting, recreational, vocational and health-education activities. The presentation described the evolution of GDO; illustrated the use of needs assessment and process evaluation data within the PRECEDE-PROCEED framework; discussed strategies for successful community-college collaborations; discussed this event’s growth management; and shared GDO's multidimensional mentoring model.