The holidays remind us this is the season of giving. All members of SUNY make a concerted effort to volunteer and contribute to their respective campuses and local communities. The 30 Days of Giving campaign highlights students and faculty across all of our 64 campuses who participate in volunteerism and give back to those in need. With over 467,000 students and three million alumni, we want to celebrate the impact the SUNY community has made in all of their unique community service projects. As we learned last year, the byproduct of taking volunteerism to scale is not only building character in our students themselves as they join our over three million alumni, but also to set an example of impact as the nation’s largest university system.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
General chemistry students from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) participated in a service-learning project with Fabius-Pompey Elementary School’s HEROS (Homework, Exercise, Recreation On-site) program. For six weeks the group investigated various types of chemistry including polymer chemistry, acid-base chemistry, photochemistry, thermochemistry and electrochemistry.
The ESF students in the general chemistry service-learning track spend 20 hours doing experiential service learning related to chemistry.
“Service learning is service to the community that combines and supplements course content and course objectives,” explained Dr. Kelley Donaghy, an ESF chemistry professor.
In this project students prepared and demonstrated experiments for the K-5 grade students that were simplified versions of the experiments they were doing in general chemistry.
Glenn is a student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York. He is an undergraduate economics and political science major at the University at Albany in Albany, NY.