Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellowship Awards 1990-91

"Lift Every Voice & Sing: The King Cantata" - $7,000

  • Institution Name: Council for Citizenship Education
  • Cooperating Agency: County Executives Office, Rensselaer County

"The King Cantata was published in 1990 by the NYS Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, honoring the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to the American constitutional experience. The Cantata is designed to be an educational as well as entertaining musical and theatrical experience arranged at the level which can be performed by high-school bands and choirs and appreciated by all ages. "We believe that this can mark the beginning for a countrywide effort to improve the ability of our younger generation to deal responsibly with matters of race and inter-racial relations and in ways that follow the principals of Dr. King."

"Domestic Violence Research: A Collaborative Effort" - $2,500

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College, Human Services Dept.
  • Cooperating Agency: Families in Crisis (Unity House)

This Domestic Violence Research Proposal is an outgrowth of a recently formed partnership between the Human Services Department of Hudson Valley Community College and the Families in Crisis Program, sponsored by Unity House in Rensselaer County. Accurate data collection and collaborative assessment would greatly enhance professional understanding of the needs of this population and inform the policy makers and program developers in a responsive, appropriate manner. The methods are a research questionnaire to collect data, in-person interviews to administer the questionnaire, and transcribed tapes. Complete feedback and analysis will be provided to Families in Crisis within a sustained partnership while the final analysis will be shared with other interested, appropriate agencies.

"Troy Public Library Building Study" $4,500

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Cooperating Agency: Troy Public Library

Due to the decline in circulation over the years, the current library location is not best serving the community. Troy's circulation rate is low compared to several comparable public libraries in upstate New York. The proposed research hopes to fix this problem. It includes analyzing existing library utilization data, designing, conducting, and analyzing a smaller scale replication of the pertinent segments of the 1988 attitude survey, and analyzing both Troy city census tract data and relevant literature on utilization and local characteristics of public libraries.

"Status of Chemical Nutrients in the Tomhannock Watershed" - $10,300

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges and RPI
  • Cooperating Agency: Rensselaer County Soil and Water Conservation District

The Tomhannock Reservoir, by far the largest and most valuable surface water resource in Rensselaer County, provides drinking water to a majority of the countys residents. However, there is growing concern that a variety of polluting stresses threaten its future. These stresses suggest an evident need to document the current water chemistry of the Tomhannock and its tributaries, so that future changes can be readily identified. All field and laboratory measurements will involve the facilities and equipment of the Fresh Water Institute of RPI.