Reflections from ACE

Alumni Spotlight: Marie Lovato

I began my experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow as a recent graduate with no real professional experience. My retail background did little to qualify me for the field of work I wanted to pursue and AmeriCorps seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain relevant experience while working around issues of poverty. In 2014 I…
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August 16, 2018 0

Helping Area Nonprofits SHINE

As I approach my last semester with the Center for Academic Community Engagement and more specifically with the NExT program I have grown as a person professionally thanks to this program. The year and a half that I have been working with NExT and the community partners has been something I will be able to…
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July 5, 2018 0

VISTAs “Fighting Crime”

I have the honor of completing a year of of AmeriCorps VISTA service as a Program Coordinator at the Community Justice Outreach Center which is a satellite office of the Albany County District Attorney. Our District Attorney, David Soares’, slogan is “Fighting Crime and Building Hope”. While the main office “Fights Crime”, our office “builds…
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June 28, 2018 0

Summer Service Scholar’s Top 10

What are the top 10 things other should know about your site and the Capital Region?  


June 28, 2018 15

Kicking off a Summer of Service

What has been a challenge you have faced in the Summer Service Scholar program so far? What has been a highlight?


June 7, 2018 15

Learning and Growing with NEXT

In my eyes, NEXT is the greatest program on Siena’s campus. It allows students to engage in real world problem solving for a great cause. NEXT stands for Nonprofit EXcellence and Transformation, which is the fancy form of non-profit consulting. Non-profits from the Capital Region will approach NEXT with a business problem they are having.…
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May 4, 2018 0

Scouts Around the World

When I interviewed for the Bonner Service Leaders Program at Siena during my senior year of High School, I learned about the Global Service Internship for the first time. Being able to spend five weeks doing service abroad was enticing and was one of the reasons I joined the program. Fast forward to three years…
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April 30, 2018 0

Making Change Through Policy

My experience with the Community Policy Institute (CPI) has been educational and inspiring. When I first entered CPI, I was unaware of what path I wanted to go down and where my talents really lay. However, after being in this fellowship for four semesters, I have gained an immense amount of skills, from writing to…
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April 25, 2018 0

From one ACE to another!

Can’t Escape ACE: From the Center for Academic Community Engagement to the Alliance for Catholic Education               Felicia Comuniello (’17) earned her B.A in Sociology, along with the Certificate in Community Development last spring. Throughout Felicia’s undergraduate career, the Bonner Service Leader program played a large role in her daily life,…
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April 23, 2018 0

BILDing a Better Future

When I was in the seventh grade, I unexpectedly fell into a child modeling gig in Manhattan. My mom would take me out of school early about three times a week around sixth period and we would take the Poughkeepsie train down to Grand Central Station. As I expected from what I had learned from…
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April 16, 2018 0