Patricia Spencer

Patricia Spencer

Assistant Professor/ Faculty Director for Service Learning, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Community Service-Learning Projects and Partners for Proposal and Grant Writing Fall 2010


The IChallenge Initiative: The Emerging ITHACA COLLEGE and CHALLENGE Community-Based Learning Partnership— An overview of the collaborative plans to establish an infrastructure and vibrant educational programming for greater awareness and interaction between Ithaca College students, Challenge clients, and the campus/local community.

Grant Development Student Team: Kristen Essex, ’11 Comm. Mgmt. and Design; Jen Kamish, ’11 Integrated Marketing Comm.; Caitlin Oronte, ’11 Writing; Alyssa Poole, ’11 Comm. Mgmt. & Design; Matthew Posillico, ’11 Bus. Admin.; Sarah Stapperfenne, ’12 Politics & Writing

Project Mentors: Marty Gold, Director of Program Development & Quality Assurance (Challenge); Jan Lynch, Director of Services (Challenge); Katie Hurley, Challenge Intern (’11 Comm. Mgmt. & Design/IC)

Challenge site:




Human Expression through Arts Resident Development (H.E.A.R.D.) Program at the MACCORMICK SECURE FACILITY, in partnership with PERFORMING ARTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (PASC), a strategic initiative of the Center for Tranformative Action at Cornell— An introduction to an arts-enrichment program for the residents of MacCormick, a maximum security correctional facility for young men ages 14-20, in Brooktondale, NY. PASC programming highlights a social, cultural, and physical curriculum to increase diversity awareness, improve communication and social skills, and channel energy and emotion into positive, constructive outlets.

Grant Development Student Team: Julie Erhart, ’11 Theater Arts Mgmt.; Jenna Grossman, ’11 Drama; Sean McAnaney ’11, TV/Radio; Kim Oria ’11, Theater Arts Mgmt.; Mykal Urbina ’11, Integrated Marketing Communications

Project Mentors: Carol Whitlow, Staff Psychologist at MacCormick Secure Facility; Cynthia Henderson, Founder and Artistic Director of PASC/Assoc. Professor of Theatre Arts at IC Project Consultant: Felipe Rivera, PASC Instructor

PASC site:



Digging Deep and Growing Roots in West Hill: A Collaborative Harvest supported by THE WHOLE COMMUNITY PROJECT, based at Cornell Cooperative Extension—An overview of an “agripreneurial” effort to develop a community garden at Chestnut Hill Apartment Complex to inspire healthy food access, nutritional improvement, garden based learning, and community building for low income families in Tompkins County.

Grant Development Student Team: Jamie Berstein-Ansaldi, ‘11 Theater Arts Mgmt.; Shawna Brown, ‘11 Writing; Juliet Greenblatt, ‘11 Theater Arts Mgmt.; Andreava Kasianchuk, ‘11 Comm. Mgmt. and Design; Christina Konnaris; ‘11 Environmental Studies; Courtney Noster, ‘11 Health Science.

Project Mentor: Jemila Sequeira, Whole Community Project Coordinator/Cornell Cooperative Extension

Project Consultants: Josh Dolan, Gardens4Humanity Coordinator/Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Elan Shapiro, Gardens4Humanity Volunteer/IC Env. Studies & Science Instr.

Whole Community Project site:



Social Entrepreneurship in Action: Creating a Green Living Magazine for TOMPKINS COUNTY through an ITHACA COLLEGE Integrative Curriculum Pilot—An introduction to the plans for a regional print and online publication to engage area residents in fresh conversations about sustainable lifestyle choices. This IC integrative curriculum pilot will create conversational forums for the community, while preparing students to address critical issues in a complex and evolving society.

Grant Development Student Team: Farida Abdul-Wahab, ‘11 TV/Radio; James Hasson, ‘11 Writing; Blair Lord, ‘11 Writing; Alex Silverman, ‘11 Writing; Luka Starmer; ‘11 Writing

Project Mentors: Tommy Dunne, Writer/Marketing Communications/IC; Nick Kowalczyk, Assistant Professor/Department of Writing/IC

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