Faculty/Staff Detail

John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement, partnered with Linda Drake, director of SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, to form a new professional organization: The North/South Central NY Applied Learning Coalition. On Aug. 10 at SUNY Oneonta, Suarez and Drake co-conducted the Coalition’s first meeting, which included 19 of the Coalition’s 27 members. New York Campus Compact’s Executive Director Laurie Worrall participated in, and provided lunch for, the meeting. The Coalition is designed to be an informal and agile mutual-assistance organization. In that spirit, the meeting’s participants identified shared challenges and explored solutions. Worrall is creating a listserv for the Coalition, and Merissa McKasty, assistant to SUNY’s Director of Applied Learning, will work on making time and space available for Coalition members to continue developing ad hoc partnerships while they are at SUNY’s Applied Learning Conference in October. Membership includes 19 public and private colleges and universities whose locations range from Canton to Binghamton to Stony Brook.