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Meet our Community Service Assistants!

The CSAs are students who serve as interns (for credit or as volunteers) with the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement to support the many efforts and initiatives of the office. There are 6 programs that currently have associated CSAs, and each carries their own set of responsibilities. The CSAs work independently and collaboratively with their CSA peers and the staff of the Center for Community to contribute positively to the programs and events of the office. 

Feel free to come and talk to any one of our Student Community Service Assistants in-room CU 353A! If you have any questions about volunteering or coordinating a service project as an individual or organization, stop on by or shoot us an email at vc@geneseo.edu and we will be more than happy to help you! 

We will begin taking applications to fill CSA positions for 2020-2021 in the Spring of 2020. For more information about each of these positions and the application process, proceed to the bottom of the page. 

2019-2020 Community Service Assistants

Brianna McConnell

America Reads and Counts Coordinator 

  • Major: Childhood/Special Education
  • Minor: Human Development
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Graduation: Spring 2022
  • Other organizations: YCC
  • Favorite Cereal: Cinnamon Chex
Picture of student in her dorm room.

Ashley Sanchez

Food Security Advocates Chair

  • Major: Business Administration 
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00 PM, Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Graduation: May 2021
  • Other organizations: Women in Business, Phi Alpha Delta
  • Favorite Cereal: Frosted Flakes 
A picture of a student loading bags of food into a bin.

Jenna Madison

Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Human Development
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 PM
  • Graduation: May 2020
  • Other organizations: Lambda Pi Eta
  • Favorite Cereal: Berry Cheerios

A picture of a student in her apartment off campus.

Mackenzie DeRider

Livingston Cares Coordinator

  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: Anthropology and Linguistics
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Fridays 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Graduation: May 2020
  • Other organizations: College Union Manager, GLK, Colleges Against Cancer
  • Favorite Cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios
A picture of a student in the snow.

Jenna Smolinski

Student and Community Engagement Coordinator

  • Major: Economics
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 PM
  • Graduation: Fall 2020
  • Other organizations: GOLD, SMAC, Phi Eta Sigma, The Lamron, Geneseo Filmmakers, Writer and Actors Group
  • Favorite Cereal: Honey Bunches of Oats
A picture of a student on the street.

Alexis Lukovich

Higher Education Resource Opportunities in Schools Coordinator

  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Human Development
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 PM
  • Graduation: May 2020
  • Favorite Cereal: Cheerios
A picture of a student in front of a brick wall.

CSA Position Descriptions

America Reads / America Counts Coordinator

  • Description: America Reads and America Counts is a federally funded tutoring program for students in grades K-6 that matches college students to local schools. The Co-Coordinator will work with an already selected senior who has served in the co-coordinator position previously and has extensive knowledge of the program. You will work together to facilitate the recruitment, training, and placement of tutors in the schools.
  • Position Responsibilities:
    • Coordinate college student placement at local schools for tutoring
    • Recruit students to the America Reads/Counts program
    • Host monthly meetings for tutors
    • Help manage content on America Reads/Counts website
    • Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
    • Support coordinator in other duties as requested
  • Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval
  • Qualifications:
    • Dependable
    • Organized
    • Previous experience with tutoring children
    • Willing and able to connect with local educators and current students
    • Creative ideas to improve tutoring programs
    • Able to take responsibility for projects and programs 

Livingston CARES Coordinator

  • Description: Livingston CARES is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting communities and individuals locally, regionally, nationwide, and globally in humanitarian projects, including disaster relief and recovery efforts. In September 2005, our organization began as a response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation along the Gulf Coast. Livingston CARES continues serve communities impacted by natural disasters. In the 2017-18 academic year Livingston CARES organized trips to Brooklyn, NY; Houston, TX; Tampa, FL; Biloxi, MS; and Puerto Rico. The Livingston CARES CSA will support all CARES initiatives, particularly connecting Geneseo students to the opportunities presented by this unique non-profit.
  • Position Responsibilities:
    • Develop the annual Livingston Cares Report
    • Promote and help organize Livingston Cares trips to students
    • Assist with Gumbo to Go (twice annually)
    • Help manage content on Livingston Cares website
    • Organize Livingston Cares promotional materials 
    • Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
    • Support coordinator in other duties as requested
  • Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval
  • Qualifications:
    • Previous experience on a Livingston Cares trip (preferred) 
      Dependable
      Committed to the missions of the Center for Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement and Livingston Cares
      Able to take responsibility for projects and programs 
      Livingston Cares Student Board Member (preferred)

Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

  • Description: This position is key to promoting all efforts of the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement to the college campus and larger community. The intern will work closely with all CSA Interns to collect information about projects and events and will use various social media platforms to generate interest, volunteers, and attention for each event. The intern will work closely with the Student and Community Engagement Coordinator CSA to generate excitement and energy for service and volunteerism.
  • Position Responsibilities:
    • Oversee and develop the office social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    • Help manage content and design of office website, including managing the events calendar and promoting volunteer opportunities 
    • Assist in the promotion of the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement as well as sponsored projects
    • Design advertisements for annual events
    • Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
    • Support coordinator in other duties as requested
  • Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval
  • Qualifications:
    • Dependable
    • Flexible
    • Creative
    • Able to take responsibility for projects and programs 
    • Communications major preferred
    • Experience and general knowledge with graphic design programs and social media

Student and Community Engagement Coordinator

  • Description: In this position, the intern will have the opportunity to support all of the service and volunteer events and activities undertaken by the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement. They will be conducting outreach to campus and community groups, coordinating events, and establishing new partnerships that will provide an ever greater number of Geneseo students with opportunities to serve. They will work closely with the Social Media and Publicity Coordinator to share these events to the campus community and communities throughout the region. 
  • Position Responsibilities:
    • Organize the Spring service day: Geneseo Goes to Town Day of Service
    • Promote service program, projects, and opportunities to students
    • Promote the concept of civic engagement as a campus-wide effort
    • Serve as a liaison between community partner opportunities and student organizations
    • Work with student groups to coordinate service opportunities and track volunteer hours
    • Help manage content of office website
    • Work closely with Social Media and Publicity Coordinator to promote projects and connect students to service
    • Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
    • Support coordinator in other duties as requested
  • Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval
  • Qualifications: 
    • Experience coordinating programs preferred
    • Self-motivated
    • Dependable and flexible
    • Committed to promoting service and civic engagement
    • Involved in community service/volunteerism
    • Able to engage with students and community members
    • Organized and able to coordinate programs
    • Must be willing to attend bi-weekly CSA team meetings

Applying to be a CSA

  • Timeline for Application Process
  • Applications accepted - Jan-April 
  • Applications Due - Beginning of April 
  • Interviews for Positions: Mid to late April
  • Applicants Notified of Decisions - May

Please direct any questions about the application process to Garth Freeman, Coordinator of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement, at freemang@geneseo.edu