It was just a doctor’s visit, but seeing how to access her medical chart online gave Keuka College social work student Cyndy Bundy an idea: why couldn’t social workers consult online, too?
Now, the Eastwood resident is soaring to new heights, thanks to her proposal for social workers to use social media as a way to combat issues like sexting, cyber-bullying, and suicidal tendencies.
Bundy was invited to share her poster presentation at the national Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference (BPD), a competitive academic event, which will be held in March in Myrtle Beach, SC. She is the first Keuka social work student and first ASAP student to receive an invitation to present at a national conference. Bundy is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in social work through Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP). She attends classes at the Onondaga Community College site.
According to Assistant Professor of Social Work Vikki O’Conner, Bundy’s poster presentation demonstrates how social workers need to keep informed and up-to-date on social networking as a form of communication and relationship building in a technological age. (more…)
Without functional computers, it’s been tough for Rochester’s Freedom School to provide literacy, tutoring and life skills assistance to the 100 youth ages 5 – 18 utilizing its North Goodman Street center each week.
However, computer labs and classrooms at the Freedom School recently got an extreme makeover – a technology makeover. Thanks to a new partnership forged with Keuka College, some 55 miles to the south, students in the inner-city school program received 13 new or refurbished machines, and some of the technical support they need to succeed. When summer programs begin July 11, Freedom School students will get their first opportunities to begin putting the “new-to-them” machines to use.
Re-born in 1993 from a 60s-era Children’s Defense Fund project, Freedom Schools nationwide provide summer and after-school programming to boost literacy and student motivation to read, foster positive attitudes toward learning, and connect the needs of children and families to resources in their own communities. Each Freedom School has a five-fold focus: academic enrichment, leadership development through mentoring, nutritional and mental health, social action and civic engagement, and parent and family involvement. Rochester’s Freedom School opened in 2003 and is part of the city’s North East Development Project. It is the only Freedom School in central or upstate New York.
“They are very much in need in need of equipment and expertise,” said Martha French, associate professor of education at Keuka College and a doctoral student at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. In a doctoral class last fall, French and classmates Nicole Fingland and Lisa Barton had to develop a project that met literacy learning needs and provided social justice. Because their professor, Joanne Larson, knew of the Freedom School, French and her classmates made a visit to see what needs the center might have. What they saw compelled them.