What’s new with the Heart and Soul Community in Williamsport, Pennsylvania? The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers, (PennACE) a statewide organization that “provides professional growth and networking opportunities for career development and recruitment professionals to enhance practices that benefit Pennsylvania college and university students and graduates” has chosen two Lycoming College students for their JoAnne Day Student of the Year for Liberal Arts Award.
Students Christopher Cizek and Sophie Herzing participated in Lycoming College’s WISE (Williamsport Intern Summer Experience) Program for 10 weeks during the summer of 2016. The students worked with volunteers of the Heart of Williamsport community engagement program, an initiative supported by Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation. The stories will be used to craft vision statements as guidance for policymakers in the city and region.
Cizek and Herzing, working with their mentors, conducted video recording interviews, transcribed the stories and produced promotional films and online ads for the Heart of Williamsport group. The students also participated in disseminating and gathering over 900 data rack cards at public events. Traveling across the city, the students interviewed over 70 Williamsport residents during their internship.
To be eligible for the JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award Cizek and Herzing must have completed an internship or co-op assignment that was related to: educational services, social science/service, humanities or human services, government, communication, arts, or entertainment. Each student will receive a cash award of $250.00. Both students are in their senior year at Lycoming College.
The interns were also interviewed at the end of their internship. Sophie Herzing spoke about all the different people she met, “I think they are what make it the Heart of Williamsport and what makes it so wonderful… makes it such a wonderful place to live.” Christopher Cizek appreciated the experience of perfecting his filmmaking skills, “I know the basics but had I not been with the Heart of Williamsport, I could have never approached my senior film at all…”
Sophie’s and Chris’ work can be viewed on the Heart of Williamsport website, http://heartofwilliamsport.org/community-stories/