Category: Stories from ACE

Serving Together | Fall Bonner Service Days

This semester the Bonners participated in two service days- one at Community Miracle in Action’s second annual Rocktoberfest and another in November at RISSE and Girls on the Run. These events were coordinated in partnership with students serving at the site, and the following are three reflections on the day from Freshmen Bonners Maura, Tori,…
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December 20, 2019 0

Partner Spotlight | TRIP

Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP)’s mission is to connect individuals and families with resources and knowledge to live in desirable homes and create vibrant sustainable communities. This is TRIP’s fourth year as a community partner site, and there are currently five Bonners serving among their three locations. Bonner projects include working with social media,…
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December 11, 2019 0

Bonner Spotlight | Tristan Hunzinger ’22

I am a sophomore Health Sciences major with minors in Biology and Business and, of course, our certificate in Community Development. I am pursuing a career in physical therapy and am planning to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate’s degree after Siena. As a Bonner, I serve with Green Tech High Charter School in…
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December 10, 2019 0

Alumni Spotlight | Jazmin Tejada ’15

I will forever be grateful for the Siena College Bonner Service Leaders Program. As a young freshman, entering a new chapter as a college student, the Bonner program helped ground me in more ways than I can say. After a wonderful 4 years and over 2000 hours of community service, I graduated in 2015 with…
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December 10, 2019 0

Bonner Congress 2019 | Social Justice at the Centre

In October I attended Bonner Congress, an annual conference hosted by the Bonner Foundation, with Hayley Pijanowski ’20, which was hosted at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. The Conference theme was “Social Justice at the Centre.” The weekend-long conference engaged participants in conversations about transforming individuals, communities, and institutions towards positive social change. We attended…
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December 10, 2019 0

Community Gardening as Preventative Medicine

As an avid home cook, I have long been familiar with all that is to gain from getting into the kitchen. Cooking is a creative outlet, a celebration of cultural tradition, an invitation for friends to gather around the table, and affords us a say in the nutritional value of what we eat. It was…
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April 29, 2019 0

Making Change through Policy Research

During my time at ACE, I have been a team leader for the Community Policy Institute. This have given me the chance to work closely with local non-profits such as the Environmental Advocates of New York and the Hunger Action Network. In addition to honing my skills in areas such as policy research and public…
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April 22, 2019 0

Reflections from a Bonner Senior

The Siena College Bonner Service Leaders program has given me opportunities that would have never crossed my path had I not been in the program. From stepping outside of my comfort zone to creating and reaching new goals each year. It is a program that offers you space for improvement, to challenge yourself, to learn,…
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February 19, 2019 0

Spending a Year Postgrad with the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Prior to being accepted to Siena College’s AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship Program, I struggled with determining whether I wanted to go right to graduate school after undergrad or if I wanted to peruse a full-time job. I felt that a one year term of service could be the perfect opportunity for me to grow professionally and…
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January 30, 2019 0

Fighting Poverty with the Albany District Attorney

It has been 2 full years since the start of my service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow. I graduated from Siena College in the Spring of 2016 and was at a place that most 21st century college students can level with; applying to “entry level” jobs that somehow require more experience than the Bachelor’s…
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September 10, 2018 0