Rubin Fellows

2019-2020

Historic Rensselaer County Adult Education Program

  • Institution Name: TBD
  • Community Partners: Historic Rensselaer County Adult Education Program

Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) will develop an on-going monthly lecture series for adults on various topics relating to local history

Rubin Fellow(s): TBD

“The Volunteer Leader Network of Rensselaer County”

  • Institution Name: HVCC & The Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: Joseph’s House & Shelter

This project will create a network to support volunteering connections, collaboration, and capacity among not-for-profit (NFP) organizations in Rensselaer County 

Rubin Fellow(s): Dr. Ali Schaeffing, Director of Service Learning, The Sage Colleges; Chaplain Michelle Thivierge, HVCC & Sage Colleges

“Urban Design-Build Partnership”

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Community Partners: RPI School of Architecture; TAP Inc.; Habitat for Humanity – Capital District; and the Troy Community Land Bank Corp. 

The Urban Design-Build Partnership will harness the strengths and mission of these four stakeholder institutions within the City of Troy to form an innovative design, research, and community development partnership.

Rubin Fellow(s): Dr. Mae-ling Jovenes Lokko, Director, Building Sciences Program, Assistant Professor of Architecture

2018-2019

“Measures for Measuring”

  • Institution Name: HVCC & Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: Children’s Museum of Science & Technology

The first part of this project will create a plastic injection molding line that will make crayons. The second part will develop gaming software that the children must use to input measurements that will make the injection line work properly.

Rubin Fellow(s): James Hamilton, Professor, Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering Technologies; Mac-Arthur Louis, Instructor, Computer Science

“Build Them Up! –Providing access to programming & services for youth of Troy”

  • Institution Name: Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: Hope 7 Community Center

Developing partnerships with organizations that offer counseling and programs on difficult topics that youth are dealing with such as substance abuse, sexuality, and job skills.  

Rubin Fellow(s): Marcy Fiet, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Kiki Smith, Assistant Professor, Nursing

“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area”

  • Institution Name: Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area

Developing partnerships with organizations that offer counseling and programs on difficult topics that youth are dealing with such as substance abuse, sexuality, and job skills.  

Rubin Fellow(s): Josefina Roldan, Lecturer; Myra Marshall, Lecturer, Nursing Department

Audience Development Survey

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Community Partners: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Survey to expand programming to better serve the community.

Rubin Fellow: Weina Ran, Lecturer, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

College Entry Program

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College
  • Community Partners: Vanderheyden Hall

Develop a college entry program for Vanderheyden’s high school students.

Rubin Fellow: Diane Teutschman, Adjunct Instructor, Teacher Preparation Department

2017-2018

“YWCA-GCR Signature program-Phase Two”

  • Institution Name: Emma Willard School
  • Community Partners: YWCA of the Greater Capital Region

Developing a capstone program for the members of the YWCA-GCR patterned after the successful Signature capstone program at Emma Willard.

Rubin Fellow: Jon Calos, Instructor and Chair, Science Department

“Troy Youth Programming Inventory”

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: City of Troy, NY

Developing a list of agencies in the city that have summer and after-school programs catering to the city’s youth population.

Rubin Fellow(s):  Nancy Michela, Associate Professor, Melissa Davis, Instructor, Nursing Department

2016-2017

“Urban Oasis” 

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College
  • Community Partners: Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program, Inc. (TRIP)

Rehabilitating a vacant lot across from the front door of Public School 2 in Troy to create an outdoor classroom while simultaneously eliminating an eyesore from the neighborhood.

Rubin Fellow: Amy E. Kiley, Adjunct Faculty, Teacher Preparation, Hudson Valley Community College

“YWCA-GCR Signature program-Phase One”

  • Institution Name: Emma Willard School
  • Community Partners: YWCA of the Greater Capital Region

Developing a capstone program for the members of the YWCA-GCR patterned after the successful Signature capstone program at Emma Willard.

Rubin Fellow: Jon Calos, Instructor and Chair, Science Department, Emma Willard School

2015-2016

“John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve Invasive Species and Riparian Habitat Restoration Project”

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College
  • Community Partners: Rensselaer Land Trust, Inc.

Design and development of two plans: 1.) a stream bank restoration plan, and 2.) a management plan for eradicating the invasive species and replacing them with appropriate native plantings.

Rubin Fellow: Daniel Capuano, Assistant Professor, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

“Marketing Survey and Awareness Campaign”

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: Rensselaer Land Trust, Inc.

Survey to collect information from the public on special and important places to be preserved in development of Rensselaer County Land and Water Conservation Plan.

Rubin Fellow: Kevin Fletcher, Assistant Professor, School of Management

“Website Development/Deployment”

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Community Partners: Troy Cultural Alliance

Develop and deploy a branding and marketing plan to position Troy as a cultural destination.

Rubin Fellow: Dr. Thomas Triscari, Professor, Lally School of Management

“Leveraging Partnerships to Bring Project Based Learning Experiences to Rensselaer County Schools”

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Community Partners: Rensselaer Plateau Alliance/Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

Provide a multiple-exposure, project-based environmental education experience for urban and rural elementary and secondary students from throughout Rensselaer County.

Rubin Fellow: Kim Fortun, Professor, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

“Planning for the Urban Grow Center’s Multi-Use Commercial Kitchen”

  • Institution Name:  Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: Capital Roots

Development of  a business plan for a multi-use commercial kitchen to be included in the second phase of its Urban Grow Center

Rubin Fellow: Kevin Fletcher, Assistant Professor, School of Management

2013-2014

“HVCC Community Dialogue”

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College

Rubin Fellow: Dr. Peter Sawyer

2011-2012

“Nourishing Our Community”

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College
  • Community Partners: Italian Community Center Charitable Foundation of Troy, NY, Inc.

Rubin Fellow: Carol McCarthy, Dept. of Business Administration

2010-2011

“Cooking $marts Program: Combating Childhood Obesity”

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Community Partners: Italian Community Center Charitable Foundation of Troy, NY, Inc., Rensselaer County Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Rubin Fellow: Sonya Irish Hauser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nutrition

“Awareness Campaign: Making local search-and-rescue resource a must call”

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College
  • Community Partners: Rensselaer County Search and Rescue

Rubin Fellow: Fred Alm, Dept. of Marketing

“Ready to Learn Program: Tackling obstacles to student success in inner-city schools”

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College
  • Community Partners: Troy Public Schools, Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region Inc.

Rubin Fellows: Laura Germano & Antoinette Howard, Instructors (Teacher Preparation)

“Youth Media Sanctuary: Giving youth in a tough neighborhood a voice and vision”

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Community Partners: Media Alliance/The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Missing Link Street Ministry

Rubin Fellow: Branda Miller, Professor, Media Arts

2009-2010

“Troy Alley Action Project”

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges (www.sage.edu) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (www.rpi.edu)
  • Cooperating Agency: Osgood Neighborhood Association and Osgood South End Neighborhood Association

“Art Center of the Capital Region -Marketing Plan”

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges 
  • Cooperating Agency: Art Center of the Capital Region

“A Problem Solving Approach to Change”

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Cooperating Agency: Tamarac Elementary School