Ustach finishes year of service – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Ustach finishes year of service

Kate Ustach ’07 can now add “AmeriCorps Alumni” to her long list of accolades accumulated over the past five years at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A veteran of various service programs and a stint as the student office manager, Ustach has been an active and valued member of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) during her time at HWS. “My VISTA [Volunteer in Service to America] experience this year has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have been exposed to so many great opportunities, and I really feel like I haven’t just learned about AmeriCorps or Geneva but I have learned a lot about myself. It has been wonderful to work in the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning one more year and continue to be engaged in Geneva. I will truly miss the people of this community,” says Ustach. Ustach’s work during the inaugural year of a grant through 2010 was vital to the strategic plan of CCESL, which included unveiling the developmental model Compass. This model provides opportunities for students in the areas of community service, civic-engagement, and civic-leadership leading to a life of engaged citizenship. In addition, Ustach established the Community Advisory Committee of key community partners, organized the revision of the CCESL Web site (which now includes a section for students to learn about opportunities to volunteer based on interest and availability), assessed six strategic CCESL programs through surveys and interviews, organized and chaperoned the Alternative Spring Break trip to Mariam Boyd Elementary School in North Carolina, and participated in the New York Campus Compact VISTA network. Her propensity for community service and engagement is now leading her to Boston, where she will serve the Massachusetts Campus Compact, hosted at Tufts University. As program coordinator, she will oversee two grant programs: AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service, and Learn and Serve America. Ustach will be missed by the Colleges and by the greater Geneva community. “Kate is very highly thought of as a colleague and community advocate,” applauds Kathleen Flowers, associate director of CCESL. “Her contributions this year will be her legacy to HWS Colleges and the Geneva community.” Director of CCESL W. Averell H. Bauder ’81 agrees. “Kate is an outstanding example of a William Smith graduate who understands what a life of engaged citizenship is all about. She is a joy to work with and has developed enormous skills in her time here. I am very proud of her accomplishments as our first VISTA and know she will make her mark as she continues her career and leave the world a better place for her efforts.”