Student Participation

On Friday, October 23rd, our school hosted the second annual Onondaga Day of Service. Unlike last fall’s Day of Service, which was off campus at various places across the Syracuse community, this one occurred in the Allyn Hall Gym. Over 100 students from our campus’ clubs and organizations participated and volunteered their time. Activities included making welcome baskets for residents at the Chadwick Residence, making birthday cards for residents at the Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing, collecting food for our Campus Food Drive, making Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches for the Samaritan Center, decorating holiday bags for the Food Bank of Central New York, and creating Thanksgiving cards for Meals on Wheels in Syracuse. There was also a campus clean-up. Students were well-represented at this event on our campus, and there was positive feedback all-around.

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Images by Lawrence Chiappone.

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Images by Lawrence Chiappone.
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Images by Lawrence Chiappone.

Following up Onondaga Day of Service was the Achieving the Dream kickoff. Our school had such great student involvement at this event that our Achieving the Dream coach told Dr. Crabill that we had the most amount of students he’s ever seen at an Achieving the Dream kickoff, as well as the Dream Café. The Dream Café was a great experience for all. One thing that I have personally learned from being at OCC for over a year now, is that the number one thing our faculty and staff care about is student opinion. This event reminded me just of that. In each table that I participated in, as well as other students, professional staff always wanted to hear from the student. The students make up the majority of the population at OCC, and that is what Achieving the Dream is all about, increasing our student statistics. Our opinion is what matters, and our education is what matters.
Darren Pikul
VP, Entertainment & Programming
Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
Onondaga Community College