Academic journal article Human Ecology

Rolling Up Our Sleeves

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Rolling Up Our Sleeves

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Today's economic conditions, on campus and off, have forced us to tighten our belts and focus on efficient and effective stewardship of our mission. Our primary objective in responding to these circumstances is to protect and strengthen the undergraduate academic experience and to make the budget challenges we face invisible to our students. Undergraduates are only here for four years, and it is the only four years they will have.

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At the same time, the challenges we all face in today's society demand the skills, experience, and perspective that the College of Human Ecology offers, particularly through our extension and outreach programs.

Faculty members, extension professionals, and various program staff members here in Ithaca and networked across New York State are helping individuals and families navigate this economy with financial management and energy efficiency workshops and resources. They are mobilizing and training senior citizens to volunteer as environmental stewards. They are empowering our youth to take responsibility for themselves and their communities. …

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