|Dickinson and Carlisle - An Outstanding Partnership
While enjoying the social, cultural and commercial benefits offered by Carlisle,
Dickinson College strives to add to the greater community by offering opportunities
ranging from arts to academics to athletics, from studying at Dickinson to working
|Children from the Carlisle community learn about physics at an open house
at the Tome Scientific Building.
From the time of its founding, the four-year liberal-arts college has viewed itself
as a vital part of the Carlisle community. Benjamin Rush, Dickinson's founding
father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, encouraged 18th-century students
to involve themselves in the Carlisle community and make use of its assets, such
as the Cumberland County courthouse, where Dickinson students spent afternoons
as keen observers of the political and judicial process.
Today, as a model and resource for local youth, the college remains in constant
interaction with Carlisle's young people - whether guiding school children through
art shows at The Trout Gallery, demonstrating
science principles at a community
open house, or bringing Dickinson students and Carlisle youth together as part
of the Big-Little program. Dickinson's athletic facilities are used by local sports
teams, including the Carlisle High School swim team, which has held all of its
practices and meets at Dickinson for the past 20 years.
Every year for more than a decade, the Dickinson College Choir has sponsored a
variety show to benefit the local food bank, Project SHARE. Students, staff and
faculty are working on a Habitat
for Humanity house on North Pitt Street. A Dickinson
student is serving as a nonvoting member of Carlisle's
Borough Council working
as a liaison between the two communities and lending a distinctive perspective
|A band plays during Octubafest.
The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), a project of the environmental
studies department at Dickinson, partners with Pennsylvania communities, including
Carlisle, to protect and restore watersheds. And the same department sponsors the
Student Garden that offers low-income residents the chance to help produce their
own food. This group also operates a stand at the Old Pomfret Farmers' Market.
Over the years, Dickinson has hosted lectures and appearances by Pulitzer Prize,
Nobel Prize and Oscar winners that are open to the public at little or no cost.
Area residents also feel they are a part of the college by attending performing
arts events and the college's gallery. The Clarke Center for the Interdisciplinary
Study of Contemporary Issues coordinates panel discussions and lectures on timely
topics such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bio-medical issues. Yearly,
the college sponsors the Public
Affairs Symposium, which provides in-depth programming
on topics of interest to the whole community.
Dickinson is a major sponsor of the Amani Festival, Summerfair, Fall Harvest of
the Arts, Octubafest and First Night. The college also supports a variety of other
local programs with contributions or in-kind gifts. The College-Community Connections
Committee has coordinated "Talk of the Town," a community-wide speakers
bureau and is creating a Community Calendar.
Although difficult to quantify, students and staff of the college volunteer a
great deal of their time to local agencies and charities, such as Adopt-a-Grandparent,
America Reads, Carlisle Tutoring Program and Special Kids.