Community collaboration

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Annie Zezoney

  Prof. Paul Safonov with student Kostiantyn Iarosh 

St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud community gathered together Thursday in the Atwood Ballroom to showcase areas of collaboration as vast as the world they are being performed.

Students involved in the St. Cloud State Travel and Tourism Internship Program, for instance, spoke of the journeys they’ve made around the globe.

Annie Zezoney, St. Cloud spent six months in China teaching English. And Alex Karls, St. Cloud, spent six months on Carnival Cruise ships. He loved it so much that he landed a nine-month internship with Carnival and will leave in two weeks for ports abroad.

Locally, much is being done as well, as the Students for Sustainability Club showed. This newly formed club is hosting an Earth Day Local Food Potluck from 3 to 5 p.m. April 20 at Centennial Hall. This free event is open to the public and will showcase home-grown foods, said Associate Professor Paul Safonov, who is the faculty adviser for the group. He and student member Kostiantyn Iarosh were informing visitors to their table about the club’s goal of developing a better understanding of social, environmental and economic sustainability and efforts to make St. Cloud State “greener.”

The University and Community collaboration was sponsored by the SCSU Service-Learning Advisory Committee, Career Services and the Center for Student Organizations & Leadership Development and Volunteer Connection program. Its focus is to highlight collaborations which occur in classes, student organizations, internships and through University-Community initiatives. 

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