CCE Media Stories – Community Engagement in Action

CCE Media Stories

Community Engagement in Action

Introduction from John Murphy, CCE Communication Coordinator:
The Center has established a unique network of local media channels and websites to support and extend its mission and program support services. Connecting students and faculty to local service organizations and schools opens the door for experience, reflection and the transformation of consciousness and personal values into life affirming paths for the future.

CCE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT VIDEOS
SPRING 2017

For Release May 17, 2017

The seven video links below will take you to unique local stories about the people and organizations that are working hard to improve the quality of life in our region. A complete YouTube playlist with annotations is below. Quite a variety!

Videos were produce by students working together as teams in a video production class taught by Professor Denise Matthews from the Communication Department at Eastern. The CCE thanks Denise for her creativity and active support for the spirit of faculty engagement with our community. This is her second semester of her video project initiative with the CCE.

Links to the CCE YouTube Channel

  1. CLiCK—Commercially Licensed Co-operative Kitchen
    1. https://youtu.be/KanG7y6tv1M
  2. Grow Windham
    1. https://youtu.be/YJQgyqxsWmA
  3. Joshua’s Trust
    1. https://youtu.be/PUrAe4_SyyY
  4. Parent & Community University/Windham Public Schools
    1. https://youtu.be/YK9oDlpQk6g
  5. Third Thursday Street Fest
    1. https://youtu.be/PdTsXH6–_w
  6. WECS Radio at Eastern
    1. https://youtu.be/32HlilnDoag
  7. The Willimantic Ride Alongs
    1. https://youtu.be/JE67Z9FtkMs

A playlist with the complete video collection:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw1r6nX7fPZceD9AJYGETzO0MOr3SoHU1

For more information:
John Murphy
CCE Communication Coordinator
murphyjo@easternct.edu
860-465-5769
860-377-7166

SPECIAL PROGRAM ABOUT A CCE COMMUNITY PARTNER
AND LOCAL SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES


Charter Public Access Series “On the Homefront” Program # 693 March 22, 2017
  • Segment 1: CLiCK Commercially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen — a CCE Community Partner
    with Rita Kornblum, Board Member & Mary Oliver, Office Administrator

Segment 2: Quiet Corner Refugee Resettlement
with Dr. Anne Willenborg, Health Care Advisor & Steve Lane, Co-Leader

Segment 2 begins at 15:22, look for the box at top right of the webpage that opens, click, and you will go right to part 2.
The web link is below — each segment is about 15 minutes.

On the Homefront TV Program

 CCE RADIO/TV SERIES BEGINS SECOND SEASON

Last fall production began on a new series of radio/TV simulcast interviews about life at Eastern Connecticut State University and in our community. It is co-produced by WECS Radio, ECSU Media Services and the Center for Community Engagement. Ten programs were produced between August and December 2016.

Interviews air live on WECS and the Internet and are video recorded for sharing on Channel 195, the official ECSU channel on the Charter Cable TV system serving 17 towns in our region. Videos are also posted on the CCE and Eastern YouTube Channels. We are pleased to share this unique model for local media communications and community connection.

This special 30-minute feature is live on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm on WECS 90.1 FM and on the web at www.wecsradio.com, as part of the Pan American Express radio series from 12-3 pm. John Murphy is producer/host and presents a mix of music from across The Americas with local guests and special features on each half-hour. Studio phone: 860-456-2164.

For more information or to be a guest contact John at murphyjo@easternct.edu. Send your flyers and posters for meetings, programs and special events and I will leave them in the air studio for all DJ’s to share with listeners.

SEASON TWO EPISODE ONE  2/21/17

Topics include:
1. The CCE and its service to students, faculty, the university and local community
2. Expanding faculty engagement and service learning opportunities at Eastern
3. The pending Eastern Civic Action Plan, currently in develpoment

Guests:
Kim Silcox, Director of the CCE
Nicolas Simon, Visiting Faculty in Sociology

 

 

SPECIAL PROGRAM ABOUT A CCE COMMUNITY PARTNER
AND LOCAL SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

 

Charter Public Access Series “On the Homefront” Program # 693

  • Date Created:March 22, 2017
  • Subject: CLiCK Kitchen & Quiet Corner Refugee Resettlement
  • Genre:Community Affairs

Segment 1: CLiCK Commercially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen — a CCE Community Partner
with Rita Kornblum, Board Member & Mary Oliver, Office Administrator

Segment 2: Quiet Corner Refugee Resettlement
with Dr. Anne Willenborg, Health Care Advisor & Steve Lane, Co-Leader & with Rev. Ann Plumley

The web link is below — each segment is about 15 minutes.

Segment 2 begins at 15:22, look for the box at top right of the webpage that opens, click, and you will go right to part 2.

On the Homefront TV Program

 

 

PROGRAM ARCHIVE

The complete archive of all programs can be found at the link below:
Season One Programs August-December 2016

Information and direct links to our first two episodes are below. Enjoy!

Episode #1 CCE Radio & TV Series – August 9, 2016
First half
Kim Silcox, Director of CCE
Emily Cameron, AmeriCorps VISTA for Connecticut Campus Compact/CCE
Second half
Kim Silcox, Director of CCE
Kemesha Wilmot, Associate Director of CCE

Episode #2 CCE Radio & TV Series – August 30, 2016
Guest #1
Robinson Camacho, Adult Programs Specialist at EASTCONN
Re: various education programs for adults
Guest #2
Ed Osborn, Director of University Relations at ECSU
Re: the new Fine Arts building and a preview of fall events

THANK YOU for watching our programs, we are working hard to make them better all the time!

Eastern-Willimantic street signs

Puentes al Futuro Completes Summer Session at Eastern

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Dwight Bachman, ECSU University Relations

60 Middle School students from Windham and 12 Eastern student leaders participated in the Puentes al Futuro program during the month of July.

60 Middle School students from Windham and 12 Eastern student leaders participated in the Puentes al Futuro program during the month of July.

Willimantic, CT — On July 28, the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Eastern Connecticut State University concluded its fifth summer youth program for “Puentes al Futuro” (Bridges to the Future). Sixty students from Windham Middle School participated in English, math, arts, music and dance, gardening, media production, sports and leadership workshops over the four-week program. The students also participated in service projects at the new West Avenue Community Center after school site and went on field trips to the local nonprofit organization CLiCK (Commercially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen).

Adilsa Encarnacao ’18 and Austin Cirella (MA ’17) work with students in the community garden on the Eastern campus.Adilsa Encarnacao ’18 and Austin Cirella (MA ’17) work with students in the community garden on the Eastern campus.

Puentes al Futuro provides a safe space for summer fun and helps students improve their academics in advance of the next school year. The program is an extension of an after-school program in Windham schools during the academic year that has grown from only 20 students when it started five years ago to an anticipated level of 125 for the next year.

This year 12 Eastern students served as counselors and mentors to build self-confidence among the children. Many are also members of CCE, where more than 1,000 students each year provide 20,000 hours of volunteer service in 35 programs at local schools and community organizations. One of the goals of Puentes is to encourage middle school students to learn about their personal identity and cultural roots, and realize that there is a path open for them to grow through school, attend college and realize their life’s dreams. “If you know who you are, then you will know where you are going,” said Rosie Hernández, coordinator of the Puentes al Futuro program.

Bernice Kwarteng ‘18, Arielle Thomas ‘17 and Danielle Licata ‘17 teach hip hop dance to Windham students during the Puentes program.

Bernice Kwarteng ‘18, Arielle Thomas ‘17 and Danielle Licata ‘17 teach hip hop dance to Windham students during the Puentes program.

Eastern student Carly Perron ’18 of Granby, CT, is one of the summer counselors. “The enthusiasm from the kids is really fun to watch,” she said. “I thought I was going to help them, but I feel I have learned more from the kids than they have learned from me,” remarked Adilsa Encarnacao ’18 of Waterbury.

Eddie Pavliscsak ’17 of Ashford, CT, said he was happy to be able to introduce the children to Eastern’s campus, including classrooms, the Sports Center, the Student Center and outdoor spaces. “Being on campus really helps them see themselves as future college students.”

Camper Devon, age 11, thinks the counselors are fun and liked the media program most of all.  He said he learned how to produce music, write songs and play instruments while recording the music he and other students had composed. “I am also glad to know some people when I start middle school in the fall,” he said.

John Murphy, Communications Coordinator for the CCE and a long-time faculty member at Eastern and Eddie Pavliscsak ’17 teach students how to produce music in the radio studio at Eastern.

John Murphy, Communications Coordinator for the CCE and a long-time faculty member at Eastern and Eddie Pavliscsak ’17 teach students how to produce music in the radio studio at Eastern.

Parents can learn more about the Puentes program and register their children when school begins by visiting www.windham.k12.ct.us or by calling (860) 465-2300. For more information about the Center for Community Engagement go to www.easternct.edu/cce or call (860) 465-0090. You can also watch a video interview about “Puentes al Futuro/Bridges to the Future” below:

Feature Story Re Puentes al Futuro Program

 

 The Media Archive is Live on the CCE YouTube Channel — Samples Below

We offer a collection of videos and short radio interviews with student leaders of community service programs and staff members. The Communication Intern Media Team co-produces this series for sharing online and social media.

Material will be posted on the CCE website and linked to the CCE YouTube channel. Interviews are broadcast on Eastern’s radio station WECS at 90.1 FM with live streaming at www.wecsradio.com. Videos are recorded on campus, at service program sites and at CCE special events.

The media content will help you learn about CCE programs and how to get involved – and connect your personal and academic goals through different levels of experience through volunteer and paid activity. The interviews focus on student personal experiences and how the work provides valuable preparation for the next steps on your path. Also discussed is how programs offer students volunteer and academic linkages to a wide range of community organizations, schools and services in our region.

Membership on the Communication Team is open to students in all academic departments with an interest in producing media content in all forms for different channels and platforms. Internships for 3-6 credits are available every semester. You can develop existing skills and learn as you work with partners to create stories and messages for print, radio, video and social channels.

You can help the Center with outreach for recruitment and promotion to share stories of community service and campus life at Eastern. Everything you do can contribute to building your personal portfolio of real media samples to support applications for work or further study. If you are interested in joining the media team contact John Murphy, CCE Communication Coordinator, at 860-465-5769 or  via email murphyjo@easternct.edu.

 Faculty-student service projects and service learning

From the On the Homefront Series – April 13, 2016

 

 

Local TV Coverage of CCE Jumpstart Program

From the On the Homefront Series – April 13, 2016

For the past two years the CCE has served as local host for Jumpstart, a national early education organization. Jumpstart recruits and trains college students and AmeriCorps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Corps members serve 300 hours in an academic year and receive an education award that can be used for tuition or federal loans. A link to this 15 minute feature is below – enjoy!

http://ctv14.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=9c05cc190c06e4c500927632ce55c538

 

 

 Sample Radio Interview Below from WECS FM Radio and Website

Maddie Thumma with Alana Mendelsohn on WECS FM Radio Media Intern Maddie Thumma with Alana Mendelsohn Re Beckish Senior Center

 

The Archive Will Feature Content Links Directly to the CCE YouTube Channel

You Tube Channel = ECSU Center for Community Engagement

 

The quote below shares some inspiration and context about the the heart and soul of the purpose for this new media outreach to build community:

The Virtual Community

We know the rules of community; we know the healing effect of community in terms of individual lives. If we could somehow find a way across the bridge of our knowledge, would not these same rules have a healing effect upon our world? We human beings have often been referred to social animals. But we are not yet community creatures. We are impelled to relate with each other for our survival. But we do not yet relate with the inclusivity, realism, self-awareness, vulnerability, commitment, openness, freedom, equality, and love of genuine community. It is clearly no longer enough to be simply social animals, babbling together at cocktail parties and brawling with each other in business and over boundaries. It is our task—our essential, central, crucial task—to transform ourselves from mere social creatures into community creatures. It is the only way that human evolution will be able to proceed.

—M. Scott Peck, from The Different Drum: Community-Making and Peace