Congratulations Lucinda Pipkin, 2016, Farm-to-School with Goodwill Grows

Lucy Pipkin

Lucinda Pipkin, 2016
Anthropology and Psychology
Intern, Farm-to-School with Goodwill Grows, Appleton, WI
Organization website:
“I’m excited to work with students, fellow interns and staff to highlight how to create a positive relationship with fresh, healthy food. Eating green is possible, and fun! I’m also excited to see where my anthropology research related to this program will take me. “

Weill Music Institute – Reflecting on the end of my internship – Becca Shuman

I finished up my internship at the end of August, and it was a little sad to leave. 10 weeks was just enough time for me to start to feel grounded, and then before I knew it I was headed back to Appleton! Luckily, even though my team had struggled to set up social times for most of the summer, they threw me a farewell party after work on my last day. It was really nice to get to talk and hang out with people outside of work, and I only wish we had done it more over the summer.

In the end, though, I think I was ready to come back to Appleton. New York City can be a little tiring after a while, especially if you’re there alone. I also was ready to come back to teaching – most of my time this summer was spent sitting behind a desk, and I’ve found that I’m really not built for that. I love to be up and moving and interacting with people, which is why it’s probably a good thing that I want to be a music teacher!

My experience this summer did help me grow a lot. I learned a lot about myself and what makes me tick, and I learned about my goals and philosophies as a musician and teacher. And while my time here taught me that I’m not really cut out for office work, it did help expand and solidify my own personal mission as an educator. I had amazing discussions with other staff about the need for high-quality, diverse music in underserved communities. In particular, I had a really inspiring conversation with my supervisor about how people should be at the centers of their own musical experiences, and that education is more about removing obstacles to learning than putting knowledge into people. As educators and musicians, we should be creating environments where feel like they can express their own thoughts and opinions about music, rather than us always telling them what to think.

This week I began my student teaching, a culmination of everything I’ve learned in the past four years at Lawrence. Student teaching is quite different from my internship (I went from riding a crowded subway every day to driving past horses and cattle), but I know that I’ll be able to draw on the knowledge and skills I gained at Carnegie throughout this semester and for the rest of my career.

Facebook – Reflecting on the end of my internship – Eddie Elizondo

It’s a Friday afternoon. I’m cleaning my desk and looking at the Space Needle out the window. Can’t wrap my head around the fact that my internship ended. It was three months of ups and downs. Building and breaking things (yup, I broke the code plenty of times). The only thing that I can do now is look at the improved metrics due to my work and give myself a pat on the back. I ended up writing more than 9000 lines of code. And, to be honest, if you had asked me at the beginning of my internship, I would have said that it was impossible that I could do something like that. That being said, I had lots of mentors at FB who always pushed me in the right direction. They were always encouraging me to go the extra mile. At the end, it paid off. This summer completely changed me, I can say that I grew up to be a great engineer and I feel that I’m ready to take on any challenge after I graduate. This internship confirmed that this is what I like and this is what I want to be doing after college. I never thought of the things that I was doing as ‘work’. For all it matters, it was a problem that needed a solution that no one had ever done before.
I’m very excited to see what happens after I graduate, can’t wait to see what other challenges I will try to solve next.

Center for Deep Listening – Connecting my internship to academics – Sarah Clewett

It’s the end of July now and I am wrapping up my internship with the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. I have learned so much throughout my time here – I have become more familiar with Deep Listening philosophy and techniques by participating in an Introduction to Deep Listening class, archiving many boxes of the Center’s historical artifacts, and helping the Center’s director, Tomie Hahn, to brainstorm ideas for an upcoming project with the Lawrence University’s Conservatory in the fall. In addition, I further explored my interest in creative arts therapy by assisting in a therapeutic drum circle for children with disabilities at Abilities First in Poughkeepsie, NY. These experiences and the mentors I have worked with have truly helped me begin to understand what is important to me and have opened my mind to several new academic and career ideas to explore in the future.

I’d like to give just one example of how I have grown personally and professionally this summer, and it all started with the Introduction to Deep Listening class that I took with the RPI students. One of our class exercises required us to come up with our own Deep Listening scores and share them as a group. After I shared mine, a classmate asked me if I applied Deep Listening techniques to my instrument (I was the only music major in a group of STEM majors), to which I surprised myself by replying, “No.” After further reflection I realized that Deep Listening involves improvisation and my reluctance to use it was due to having limited experience in this area. I discussed this realization with Tomie Hahn, and she agreed we should learn to improvise together – first without any instruments and then, once I felt comfortable, with our instruments- she on shakuhachi (a Japanese flute) and me on oboe. Improving on my improvisational abilities was a major accomplishment for me, and by the end of our time together I am now comfortable trying out new and interesting techniques on the oboe while learning to express the sounds around me.

As a follow-up to this process, I am now applying my knowledge to other experiences. I was excited to participate in the therapeutic drumming circle as it would build on my previous experiences in creative arts therapy plus I wanted to understand how the class used Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) technology, which is supported by the Center for Deep Listening. To enhance my experience I played along with the drumming by improvising on my oboe, following the dynamics and sounds of the drums around me – it was fun to see how the children listened and reacted to what I played! In addition, Tomie has invited me to join in on an outdoor performance at the Wave Farm in Acra, NY, on August 8th. The name of the piece is called “Lanalog,” and it is described as “a six-hour durational performance using wireless radio and TV transmitters to connect six performers located around the Wave Farm buildings and property.” To find out more about the performance you can read here:

I am really looking forward to this opportunity to explore my new interest in improvising during a public performance!

Overall I am taking away from this internship some valuable new skills and interests and also a better understanding of myself. I have experienced how Deep Listening can be a positive affect on my life style, and I have learned to take time out of each day to simply just sit and meditate by listening to everything around me. Looking at the school year ahead, I hope to do more with improvisation and experimental music by joining IGLU- the Improvisational Group at Lawrence University. I will also be keeping my eyes and ears open for other opportunities that I can take advantage of this year broaden my musical knowledge. I do not know how exactly all of these things will fit into my career plans, but I do know that they are guiding me to a more fulfilling life experience. I have met some amazing and influential people this summer, and I appreciate all that I’ve learned from them!

Weill Music Institute – Connecting my internship to academics – Becca Shuman

This internship has been really interesting for me precisely because it’s so different from what I normally do. As a music education major, I’ve spent the last four years of my life studying pedagogy, learning to play the different instruments, practicing conducting, and teaching in schools. And yet here at Carnegie Hall, my job is much more about office work, research, planning, and organizing. For instance, I’ve spent the past week researching the history of Carnegie’s Neighborhood Concerts for a press release about this program’s 40th anniversary. I’ve gone through old electronic files, sifted through online calendars, and dug through boxes of old contracts and programs, trying to gather as much information as possible about the total numbers of concerts, artists, and venues that have been part of Neighborhood Concerts over the years. I’ve also been doing tasks such as organizing the schedules of our artists, brainstorming programming and social media ideas, and compiling information about the staffing hours of my team. And while my music education courses never specifically taught me how to do these things, my time at Lawrence definitely prepared me for them anyway. I know how to spend hours researching a topic (music history papers, anyone?), and how to organize schedules – a skill necessary when you have hours of classes and ensembles and still need to find time to eat.
But I think the biggest connections I’ve found between this internship and my academic experience are the need to be self-reflective, and the overall mission of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. The people at WMI constantly evaluate their programs, ideas, efficiency, and goals. That’s one of the reasons that WMI’s programs have grown so much in the past few years – they’re always asking, “How can we do this better?” “How can we better meet the needs of this population?” “Is this goal still relevant, or do we need to adjust it to better serve our audiences?” These are exactly the types of questions that my time at Lawrence taught me to ask of myself and my teaching.
And of course, WMI’s mission is something that resonates very deeply with me as a music educator: they want to bring high-quality, diverse music to as many people as possible. While I’ve spent the past four years learning how to do that in a classroom, this internship is showing me another, equally effective way to go about it. My time at WMI has shown me so many other possibilities for sharing music: songwriting projects for the incarcerated and the homeless; free afterschool arts programs for youth; side-by-side performances with professional orchestras; free, interactive concerts for families. What drives the people behind these programs is a belief that I’ve held for a long time: that music is a birthright – everyone has the right to hear and make music that they love. So even though I’ve been doing very different tasks at this internship than I’m used to, I know that they’re all in service of a goal that I firmly believe in.

Facebook – Connecting my internship to academics – Eddie Elizondo

“How does this experience connect with your academic experience?” This is a very interesting question because, unlike most tech schools, at Lawrence we barely get any exposure to real software engineering. And that’s how the Lawrence CS program is meant to be. At Lawrence we learn the fundamentals and theory so well that we can easily pick up any applied stuff.

It’s kind of funny because my team is the farthest away from the website, we never touch any of the visual components of the website. Because of that, everything we do is very Math oriented. Everything we do has to be optimized to it’s maximum, to the point that every millisecond you can save will make a big impact.

I feel that everything that I’ve learned at Lawrence has helped me accomplish everything that I’ve done here. My Math background had helped me in always taking a step back and ask myself, is this the most optimal solution? Always going back and forth between my pen and paper, where I make calculations, and my computer, where I implement them. Because of that, I’ve never gotten any of my code rejected due to poor implementation.

Another important thing that I’ve learnt at Lawrence is to break down big ideas into small implementable components. This was very important in my project since my manager just assigned me the general idea of what she wanted me to get done. It was up to me to identify the components, how everything will be connected, and the order of how it was going to be implemented. By actually planning and breaking down the components I was able to very efficiently go through everything that I had to do.

I really appreciate how Lawrence has focusing on creating very good foundations. I was able to pick up and develop world class software almost immediately.