Scholars shared their passion for service and learning at Spring Colloquium 2014
By Jen Segal
The Park Scholars, joined by members of the Park Foundation, professors and administrators of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, gathered April 24 for the annual Spring Colloquium.
The event began with remarks from Program Director Matt Fee, introducing and highlighting the successful individual and collaborative service and media projects Scholars participated in throughout the year.
Throughout the evening, Scholars such as Dylan Van Arsdale ’14, station manager of ICTV, and Megan Devlin ’14, editor-in-chief of The Ithacan, shared highlights from their experiences at national student media conferences. Scholar Alexa Salvato ’17, who attended a national feminism workshop shared how she plans to implement what she learned in her leadership role with Ithaca College’s chapter of Feminists United.
Kevin Doubleday ’17 shared his volunteer experience with Habitat Humanity during an Alternative Spring Break build in South Carolina, where he bonded with fellow Ithaca College students. Kevin said this trip was his inspiration for getting involved with Habitat for Humanity at Ithaca College. It also deepened his commitment to his group service work, which involved producing a documentary about how Habitat helps families in the Tompkins County become homeowners.
Park Scholars also shared their success stories of media-based service projects, specifically with Megaphone Media Productions and Media Club. Park Scholar Kait Hulbert ’15 reflected on her year leading Media Club at Belle Sherman Elementary, DeWitt Middle School and Ithaca High School. The group service team provided workshops ranging from media literacy and film production to photography and screenwriting. Sam Mason ’14 shared Megaphone’s group service project’s work with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, which involved redesigning FLPCI’s website and digitizing hand-drawn permaculture designs.
Senior Park Scholars wrapped up the evening by sharing their experiences during the annual service trip to New Orleans over Winter Break. The Seniors created an interactive e-book filled with anecdotes, pictures and infographics analyzing and reflecting on their experiences volunteering in the Lower Ninth Ward. They ended their presentation by sharing their research on what needs to be done in order for New Orleans to gain independence and become the economically thriving city it was before Hurricane Katrina.
Park Scholars engaged in service domestically — New Orleans, Washington, D.C, and South Carolina — as well as internationally, and their media programs in elementary, middle, and high schools of Tompkins County had meaningful, local impacts. With a variety of media and academic projects spanning all geographic locations, Park Scholars consistently shared their passion for service and continued learning.