September 02, 2009
The Office of Community Relations at St. John's University has
announced that students in their junior or senior year can apply
for membership in the new Community Relations Student Corps (CRSC).
The student corps is a new form of service for exceptional students
who would like to help represent the University in the local
communities of all its campuses in the New York area.
CRSC will be the community relations “student arm” of the office
and is designed to further enhance positive relations with the
University’s neighbors, by allowing them an opportunity to get to
know some of its finest students.
Applicants who are accepted will attend Office of Community
Relations (OCR) events and bi-monthly meetings in order to help in
various ways, act as neighborhood ambassadors and make local
neighbors feel more a part of the University by its outreach.
The Community Relations Student Corps will assist the Office of
Community Relations in extending the University’s Vincentian values
of service to the local community and to welcome its neighbors and
guests to various events on and off campus. Criteria for selection
will be limited to juniors and seniors, who must demonstrate the
highest academic achievement, devotion to the University’s
Vincentian values, leadership and communication skills, integrity
Among the responsibilities student members must be willing to
attend several community meetings each semester, as well as various
Community Relations events on and off campus. The term is for one
academic year. Members must conduct themselves in a way that
reflects positively on the University and be able to respond to
guests’ questions courteously and knowledgeably, under the guidance
of the OCR administrators.
Interested students can obtain an application form from and
return it to the Office of Community Relations (Newman Hall, Room
155) beginning after September 8, 2009. All applications must be
received by October 1, 2009. A limited number of the most
qualified students will be selected to serve based on their written
application and a personal interview. Student Corps members who
complete the academic year term in a satisfactory manner will
receive a certificate of merit and a letter of recommendation.
In announcing this new activity by the Office of Community
Relations, Joseph Sciame, Vice-President for the area,
indicated: “We see a real need to convey to our wider and
external community all of the talents and goodness of many of our
students. The Community Relations Student Corps will assist
us in identifying such students who will be our good will
ambassadors at community functions and activities.”
Coordinating this effort for the OCR will be Kevin Ryan, J.D.,
Community Relations Associate.
For further information and activities contact the Office of
Community Relations by visiting their website at www.stjohns.edu/communityrelations.