Volume 3: December 2010

Spotlight on the Davies Community Service Program

written by Ryan Cole ‘10 Davies Program Coordinator

Ryan Cole '10 Graduate Davies Leader Program Coordinator.

Eleven students leaders participated in the Davies Community Service Program through the Office of Community Service & Service-learning in ACCEL.  This program was created six years ago by the Davies family in honor of Lew Davies, a graduate of the class of 1940 and Trustee emeritus.  Lew was passionate about improving the relationship between the college and downtown and this program carries on that legacy.  Davies Leaders are compensated for the work they do at local non-profit organizations for a 300-hour term either during the summer or throughout the school year.  This is a unique service opportunity because every student is given a chance to play an integral role at their site working on projects that directly benefit the organization and the Meadville community.  The list below highlights the Davies Leaders who lived and worked in Meadville during the summer of 2010. This list is followed by stories from three of our outstanding Davies Leaders. All of the Davies Leaders are seen as an asset at their community sites, and represent Allegheny  through their passion and strong work ethic.

As an alumni of the  Davies Community Service Program I have a special commitment to this program and hope that my two years of experience working at the Meadville Redevelopment Authority, and helping with various projects in downtown Meadville, will help us strengthen this amazing community service program and make it even more valuable for students and our community partners.

Christian Detisch ’11 worked with the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Meadville, helping to organize two downtown events including Thunder and the City and A Taste of Meadville. Christian also worked on promotion of the downtown business district.

Beth Muller ’11 worked with the Meadville Council on the Arts (MCA) to promote the Summer Concert Series in Diamond Park. Beth also assisted MCA Gallery Director Vicky Clark in reorganizing the office so it could run more efficiently using social media and other technologies.

George Pappas ’11  worked with the YMCA to implement a summer fitness and nutrition program for area youth that was held weekly at local parks.

Kevin Dietrick ’11  created  a video celebrating community memories for the 125th anniversary of the Academy Theatre. Kevin also assisted with research and organization of an open house for the Academy.

Robert Carlisle ’11 worked with the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce to create a guide for people moving to the Meadville area and a local attraction guide for Allegheny College students.

Joel Trembulak ’11 simplified the intake, donation, and presentation processes for the  Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center.

Vince Luvara ’11 created a Guide to Restuarants in Crawford County for Allegheny students and their families, and developed revisions and updates to the Insider’s Guide on the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Emma Cook ’12 worked as part of CEED’s Community Arts team to design murals and a deck at Shadybrook Park, and to helped implement an ecoarts program for students at the YMCA Summer Day Camp.

Stories by Davies Leaders Elise Swanekamp ’12 (Active Aging), Bennet Buchanan ’12 (PEC) and Kathleen Prosperi ’11 (Meadville Market House) follow below.