Monthly Archives: May 2009

CCE Hires Foley for Habitat VISTA Position

Recent Wesleyan graduate Alice Foley was hired by the CCE to serve as the Habitat for Humanity VISTA, a position created to help aid the Buckhannon-Upshur community through the federal economic recovery plan.  Foley will work closely with the Buckhannon Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Parish House to build bridges that connect that chapter with students, faculty and staff on campus, as well as assist the organizations to build capacity by helping coordinate building projects, fund raising efforts, and grant writing.  In addition, Foley will work to organize a student Habitat Chapter, organize the first local Alternative Spring Break in Buckhannon, WV and build connections between other organizations in the community that serve local housing needs.

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VISTA Positions Open in Buckhannon

The following are VISTA sites in Buckhannon, WV that are currently accepting applications. For more information about each site, please contact the organization listed.

Habitat for HumanityCenter for Community Engagement (WVWC) — Contact Dean Kimberly Yousey at yousey@wvwc.edu

Grant WritingStockert Youth Center — Contact Debora Brockleman at stockertyouth@aol.com

Fund Raising/ProgrammingLiteracy Volunteers Association of Upshur County — Contact Linda Feola at lvaupco@wirefire.net

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Cale Hired as Community Partner Relations VISTA

The CCE recently hired Wesleyan senior Brandon Cale to serve as the Community Partner Relations VISTA.  During Cale’s year of VISTA work, he will develop an issues-based model for students working with various community partners.  This model will look at various issues (i.e. housing, poverty, children, environment) and coordinate/develop site locations with partners at the local, regional, state, and national levels that are developmentally appropriate for WVWC students.  Also during his year, Cale will assist with matching community partner needs with faculty course and research needs, and with various offices and organizations on campus for service-related projects and events.

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Rawson Engages Student Development in Social Media

social-media-waste-of-timeOn Monday, April 20, AmeriCorps VISTA Brooke Rawson held an information session on social media use with the Student Development office at WVWC.  The session focused on 5 tools that institutions are quickly adopting and utilizing across the U.S.: Facebook, YouTube, Wikis, Google Applications and Twitter.  Rawson also informed the group about best practices within social media and how their respective offices could most effectively utilize these tools.  The slides from that session have been uploaded to Slideshare – a great online tool for sharing and publishing PowerPoint presentations.  To view the presentation, go here.  To view a list of examples used within the presentation, go here.

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