Mar 262012

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The Center for Civic Engagement Announces Essay Contest Winners

Four overall winners hailed from Bard College in Annandale, Bard High School Early College in Manhattan and the American University of Central Asia, and runners-up were chosen from all seven participating institutions.

The essays, focused on advice for the seven-billionth person, ranged in tenor and scope, and included everything from cautionary tales drawn from personal experiences to serious analysis of world issues facing the global population today.

(Download/view winning submissions by clicking on the author’s name.)

Overall Winners:
Anna Hadfield, Bard College, Annandale

Rezarta Seferi, Bard College, Annandale (multi-media submission)

Mikhail Shakhnazarov, American University of Central Asia

Rebecca Teich, Bard High School Early College, Manhattan

Ulukbek Abdubaliev, American University of Central Asia

Jose Alvardo, Paramount Bard Academy, Delano, CA

Mamfatou Baldeh, Bard High School Early College, Queens

Nikhat Choudhury, Bard High School Early College, Queens

Yelena Gareyeva, American University of Central Asia

Arthur Holland Michel, Bard College, Annandale

Ameer Jabareen, Al-Quds University

Zoe Kessler, Bard High School Early College, Manhattan

Jody Leonard, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Jameson Lisak, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Ebrar Mohammad, Al-Quds University

Sarah Sanchez, Paramount Bard Academy, Delano, CA

Natalia Shkaeva, Smolny College at St. Petersburg State University

Olga Sholderer, Smolny College at St. Petersburg State University

Juan Soto, Bard High School Early College, Manhattan

Michael Wittner, Bard College, Annandale

Akmatova Zhibek Tilekmatovna, American University of Central Asia


Mar 212012

Upcoming Events:
Community Action Awards
FINAL INFORMATIONAL MEETING TONIGHT, NEW KLINE, MARCH 21, 6:00 p.m., look for Erin Cannan’s table with posters about the program.
Community Action Awards provide financial support to students for summer internships and intercession research. Award recipients agree to submit a written report on their experience and participate in the Center’s Fellow’s Speaker Series. Awards are only given to current Bard students in good standing who intend to return for at least one term after completing the internship or research. Awards are not designed to support tuition for academic programs for which students receive academic credit.
Deadline to Apply for Summer Internships/Intercession Research: THIS Friday, March 23rd
applications available online
Contact: Erin Cannan at to apply

The Cost of War for Civilians in Afghanistan
Mehdi Rahmati is a Bard student who won a Community Action Research Award for intercession. He will be speaking about his experience interning in New York City with CIVIC: Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.
If you want to apply for the Community Action Awards visit the civic engagement site.
Thursday, March 22, 7pm- 8pm, Olin 202
Spend a Day with Local Authors
Red Hook Community Arts Network (Red Hook CAN) is looking for students interested in spending a day with local authors, including award winning author and filmmaker John Sayles, at the Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival. RHCAN is looking for student volunteers. The festival is on April 14th from 10am- 5pm at the Red Hook Village Building 7467 South Broadway in Red Hook near the shuttle stop. Food and drink will be provided.
Contact Becky Lipnick:

Ulster County Habitat for Humanity WORKDAYS:
Get down and physical with Ulster County’s Habitat for Humanity as they work to build their very own Restore building (essentially a thrift store for building materials) in Kingston this spring. They hold regularly scheduled BI-WEEKLY workdays EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9AM to 2PM at their site, 406 ROUTE 28 KINGSTON, NY. All are welcome; call director Gary Heckelman at 845-532-1178 at least 24 hours prior to a workday to let him know you are coming.
Stay posted for more information on a BIG WORKDAY coming up SATURDAY APRIL 14TH from 9AM TO 2PM. Information regarding Bard transportation to come.

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