Lessons in caring: Colleges emphasize community service

Buy Photo Binghamton University pre-med neuroscience major student Jiuyang Zhang, 20, originally from Queens, volunteers with the Broome County Community Emergency Response Team.(Photo: ANDREW THAYER / Staff Photo)Buy Photo Aside from his coursework, Jiuyang Zhang spent time during the past school year mentoring a student at Johnson City Middle School, volunteering at Lourdes Hospital and training for Broome County’s Community Emergency Response Team. “I’m pretty grateful to be in the community and to study at this university, and I wanted to do something to pay it back,” said the 20-year-old Binghamton University junior from Queens, New York. Zhang’s service isn’t unique. During the past academic year, 3,229 BU students from student groups contributed 20,058 hours of community service, university figures indicate. Community engagement is not new for Southern Tier colleges…

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