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When I arrived at Bard, the first thing I noticed was the beauty of the campus. This boosts my spirits even in bad weather. As an international student who couldn’t visit colleges ahead of time, I was also pleased with the Reem and Kayden Center, which shows that Bard is dedicated to science, alongside the arts. It has been my dream from childhood to become a scientist.
I was also encouraged by the opportunities to engage in club activities and the Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) Program. If you have ideas, Bard gives you a place in which to implement them. I’m involved in the Bard Leprosy Relief Project, a TLS effort that increases awareness about the disease and raises funds for an eco-friendly leprosy village in Kathmandu. I’m also a peer counselor, which offers another huge opportunity for personal growth. First-year students really do look up to their peer counselor, and in return I have to develop leadership skills.
Erin Cannan is the dean of student affairs and associate director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
Erin Cannan joined the staff of the Bard Center for Civic Engagement after 15 years in the Division of Student Affairs at Bard. Erin arrived at Bard in 1995 as assistant dean of students/director of first-year students, responsible for orientation and student activities. She was promoted to dean of student affairs, responsible for the oversight of 12 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, and overseeing the work of the dean of campus life.
As associate director of CCE, Erin’s primary focus is on the development of local volunteer and internship opportunities. She facilitates local connections to school districts, government, and business while working to develop partnerships within the center network.
Erin earned her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1992 and a master’s degree in student personnel services from Edinboro University.
Paul Marienthal is the dean for social action and director of the Trustee Leader Scholar Program.
Dr. Paul Marienthal arrived at Bard in 1997. He directs the College’s Trustee Leader Scholar Program (TLS), encouraging students to act as hands-on social entrepreneurs inventing new approaches and creating sustainable solutions to initiate change. Paul provides leadership training, retreats, and grant-writing and reflection workshops. These social action programs provide tools for students interested in creating and developing self-initiated projects with a mission to bring theory to practice. With over 400 students participating annually, Paul fosters an environment wherein students realize their potential to make a difference, while promoting institutional principles linking liberal education and democracy.
Paul earned his B.A. from Stanford University in 1971, his M.A. from Antioch University in 1986, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1991. Paul teaches classes in the fundamentals of interpersonal communication at a medium-security New York State prison. Founder of Bard’s Community Garden, Paul also oversees a community garden with the Bard Prison Initiative at Woodbourne.
He is the author of a short essay in Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport (Blaustein, A., 2011).
During the weekend of November 30 – December 2, Bard College will host the northeast regional C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop. Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) and dean of the Bard MBA in Sustainability, the workshop offers training to college students and recent graduates aspiring to become sustainability leaders in politics and business.
Bard Works is a professional development program for juniors and seniors that prepares them for work after Bard. This weeklong conference, to be held in January 2013, provides participants with the tools, strategies, and networking opportunities to hone their job search skills and prepare for success in the workplace. We invite students to sign up before November 30 to get a head start on career preparation. Alumni/ae, parents, and community members: please e-mail [email protected] if you would like to be a mentor or hold a workshop.
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