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Center for Experiential Learning

Awards, Recognition & Memberships

The Center for Experiential Learning and its professional staff hold membership and/or leadership positions in the following professional organizations:


National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE): Program of the Year - September 2008

This award is in recognition of Keuka’s success in promoting experiential learning across the curriculum through co-curricular activities, in the workplace and in the community. The committee noted the College’s “long history (since 1942) of support and practice of experiential education” as well as the Center for Experiential Learning. Over the years, the administrative support and faculty commitment to experiential education has made Keuka a model that others seek out and look up to… Sue Leister, chair of the NSEE Awards Committee

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships – December 2008

Curricular engagement describes teaching, learning and scholarship which engage faculty, students and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students’ civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being and enrich the scholarship of the institution.

Outreach and Partnerships describes two different but related approaches to community engagement. The first focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. The latter focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information and resources (research, capacity building, economic development, etc.)

Letter to Dr. Burke:

…Attaining this coveted classification is a testament to your leadership in integrating community engagement into the identity, culture and commitments of your institution. Campus Compact commends you and those on your campus for exceptional work in forging reciprocal partnerships with local, regional, national and international communities to exchange knowledge and resources for the greater good… Maureen Curley, President, Campus Compact

2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – Feb. 2009

The Corporation for National and Community Service selection of Keuka College to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for our commitment to service and civic engagement on your campus and in our nation. (Note: Keuka was also recognized in 2006 and 2007; in 2006, the College received Special Distinction recognition for its involvement with Hurricane Katrina Relief.)

Northern Yates County United Way – Excellence in Community Support Award – October 2008

Rochester Business Journal Greater Rochester Student Standout Award 2009 – Chelsea Bango

Yates ARC Community Partnership Award – Keuka College DRIVE Program – Spring 2008

Northeast Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA) New York State Student Employee of the Year* honor in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009. (Starting in 2009, the New York State award is now referred to as the District 5 Award.)

NYSCEEA (New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association) Employer of the Year - Keuka College Big Brothers Big Sisters program 2006