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Partners in Progress eNewsletter December 2013


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December 2013 Partners in Progress eNewsletter

Wagner College Concentrates Civic Efforts in Port Richmond Community
In August 2013, actors in the community theater performance, “The Sounds of Port Richmond,” dramatized the social tension that Port Richmond, New York has recently been experiencing. The series of skits premiered at the community’s monthly friendship dinner held at St. Phillip’s Baptist Church. The audience — longtime residents, new immigrants, students from nearby institutions of higher education, area police officers, and others — participated with the actors to identify ways to diffuse tensions and make the community more harmonious and inclusive. Read More

Nancy Cantor: A Scholar in Action
What role should public and private colleges and universities play in supporting diversity, social mobility, and economic prosperity? If you ask Dr. Nancy Cantor, the soon-to-be chancellor of Rutgers University’s Newark campus, she would tell you that it should be a significant one. During the course of her 35-year career, Cantor has led institutions of higher education to expand the scope of their scholarship and teachings, encouraging them to more explicitly address the challenges facing their local communities. Read More


Photograph of the front and side facades of the one-story Buckland prototype home, displaying the roof ridge that runs diagonally from corner to corner.

Feature Story

Grantee Spotlight: University of Alaska Fairbanks Creates an Energy-Efficient Prototype Home for Harsh Winters

Bobby and Christina Snyder and their son were ready for a celebration on June 14, 2013 when they attended the open house for their new energy-efficient home in Buckland, Alaska. Also attending were representatives of the partnership that made the house possible: the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an area building science research center, and the local housing authority. With the house ready for occupancy, the partners were anticipating that its design would reduce energy use and serve as a model for affordable housing. For the Snyders, their hopes were more personal as the first winter in their new home approached — lower utility costs would ease their concerns about their household budget.

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