The summer edition of the EDP STUDENT SPOTLIGHT is featuring three of our students who have been on campus every week day since the end of spring semester. Amanda Tobin, Christian Figueroa, and Patrick McDonnell are participants in the Federal Work Study Program which provides jobs for undergraduates with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. At Fredonia, eligibility is determined each year as a result of early application of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the financial need of a student. The funding level and number of positions are limited, so placements are not guaranteed from one year to the next. Federal College Work Study is a form of self-help aid. Since the money is paid for hours worked, it is not an award that can be used as a credit against college charges. More information regarding work-study can be found at the Financial Aid Office in E160 Thompson Hall or online at http://www.fredonia.edu/finaid/workstudy.asp.
From Perrysburg in nearby Cattaraugus County, Amanda Tobin is a senior, Social Work major. Her summer work study position is shared between the offices in the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) and EDP. She assists in the daily office work. In addition to her studies, she is/has been involved in a number of groups and events on campus such as the Gospel Choir, Vocal Point, STARS, various volunteer opportunities, and much more. Amanda has great things to say about EDP. “EDP has been such a great help to me throughout the years. It’s such a wonderful program that gives so much to their students. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to them in whatever ways that I can.” Amanda will be graduating in May 2012 with a BS in Social Work. Afterwards, she would like to get her Master’s degree from CUNY Hunter and an AAS/BS degree in American Sign Language-English Interpretation from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute of Technology for the Deaf (NTID).
Christian Figueroa, also a Social Work major, is from Dunkirk and has just completed his freshman year. He loves Fredonia and his enthusiasm for the college and his education is energizing. “My experience here on campus has been great. I have been surrounded by many wonderful staff and students. These people have pushed me to always better myself in always continuing my studies. I am very thankful to all who have helped me become the person I am today.” Christian is working in Campus Life this summer where he has been very busy assisting the staff with day-to-day activities and freshman summer orientations. He is looking forward to the fall semester and continuing his involvement with activities in the Center for Multicultural Affairs and he also plans to work in the admissions office as the intern for the Multicultural Weekend, which occurs in spring 2012.
Working this summer as part of the grounds and landscaping crew for Facilities Services, Patrick McDonnell comes from Alden and is a Psychology major. Grounds and landscaping services is responsible for maintaining 256 acres of land, 21.3 acres of parking lots with 3,309 parking spaces,4.9 miles of roadways, and 7.5 miles of sidewalks on Fredonia’s campus. He is appreciative of all the assistance EDP has given him and he is very grateful for work-study, of which he is a veteran. “It’s a great experience that allowed me to make some money while being able to still be a full-time student. During my first semester, I worked at the college library (Reed) and it was a great experience. During the summer, I am working with the grounds crew doing maintenance around campus. It’s a great way to get more involved and active around campus while being paid. I’d recommend it to everyone.”