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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2013

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Institute for Engaged Learning Promotes Education Outside the Classroom

Institute facilitates student involvement in a wide range of extracurricular activities

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BROCKPORT, NY—Students at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, pursue excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. While transformational classroom instruction has long been a hallmark of the Brockport educational experience, research indicates that the most successful students engage in intentional learning opportunities outside the classroom.

The Institute for Engaged Learning at Brockport serves as a portal for students who are searching for a challenging extracurricular experience that fits their interests. Staff at the Institute work with students to identify their goals and aspirations, then collaborate with them to identify programs and opportunities that will aid in accomplishing them. These opportunities include study abroad, internships, collaborative research with faculty, living learning communities, and more.

Marie LaBrie, a graduate student majoring in psychology, just recently returned from a study abroad program in New Zealand. It was an opportunity, LaBrie says, that she would have never learned about had she not become involved in the institute.

“I know it sounds cliché, but it really was a once in a lifetime experience,” she says. “I always wanted to go there, but the institute afforded me the opportunity to go.”

The Institute also helps students seeking internships—the Glenn S. Goldberg Scholarship, for example, provides recipients with $3,000 of assistance for internships associated with their academic program. It facilitates research opportunities for students, often helping them pair with a faculty member that has similar research interests. Students can apply for a paid Summer Undergraduate Research Internship, which is funded by the Brockport Foundation. And it also promotes service learning opportunities, including an annual trip to Memphis, Tenn., where students simultaneously learn and give back to the community.

Another key program offered through the Institute is Brockport’s Leadership Development program, which is a certificate program based primarily on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development that offers students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to make a positive impact in the world around them.

Brian Crawford, a senior English major, is an intern in the Leadership Development program this semester. He believes one of the institutes most compelling features are the Living Learning Communities it offers in conjunction with the Department of Residence Life.

“People with similar interests live together in residence halls. It’s just huge for networking. You get to meet people your age who have similar interests as well as professionals working out there in the field,” Crawford says.

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