Salvation Army Learning Spaces Created by Medaille Students Officially Open
A ribbon-cutting party was recently held to officially open new learning spaces at the Salvation Army Buffalo created by Medaille College students and faculty. Using a grant from the Center for Community-Based Learning, the sophomores, juniors and seniors in Dr. Alice Villaseñor’s ENG 375 Children’s Literature service-learning class revamped two classrooms, a technology room and a community center reading space. They also researched age-appropriate, multicultural children’s books to add to the Salvation Army’s collection. Under the guidance of Library Director Andy Yeager, the students completely reorganized the book collection and created a system that can be easily used for years to come. In addition, the Medaille students cleaned, painted, created chalkboard walls, and rearranged learning materials to make every aspect of the spaces more user-friendly.
The ribbon-cutting introduced the children to the revamped spaces. Attendees included Medaille President Dr. Ken Macur; Center for Community-Based Learning Director Bridget Brace-MacDonald; Dr. Villaseñor; Director of Academic Development and Special Projects Kari Costelloe; associate professor Claudia Conway; associate professor Dr. Elaine Correa; assistant professor Kyle Shrader; assistant professor Dr. Bridgette Slavin; instructor Erika Hamann; and a number of Medaille students.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling students and Program Director Dr. Helena Boersma joined over 50 peers from across New York State to lobby for changes in the state licensure bill.
Dr. Ramsey Invited to Present on Teaching Critical Thinking Skills at the 2019 Networking in Higher Education ConferenceAssistant Professor of the Practice and First-Year Experience Program Director Dr. James Louis Ramsey has been selected to speak at the 2019 Networking in Higher Education Conference, where he will lead a workshop entitled “Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Urban College Classroom: A Demonstration.”
Dr. Vochita Mihai Accepted Into National StatPREP Program, Oversees Medaille’s New Applied Mathematics ProgramChair of the Department of Science, Mathematics & Technology Dr. Vochita Mihai has been accepted into the 2019-20 StatPREP program, which aims to foster the widespread use of data-centered methods and pedagogies, as Medaille launches bachelor’s degree program in applied mathematics.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. David Castro-Blanco on Mental Health Awareness and ServicesIn light of Mental Health Awareness Month, Dr. Castro-Blanco describes the importance of mental health awareness, offers insight on handling stress, and speaks about how Medaille’s counseling and clinical psychology programs are addressing a need in the local community.
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