As Associate Director for Community Engagement, Liz Armstrong brings hands as well as heart as a cultivator of Shaw Center community relationships. A native of Michigan from the Lansing area, Liz draws on a background in education, service learning, and public administration. After earning a bachelor of science in education from Western Michigan University, she briefly worked as a “grower” for a greenhouse — a skill she now transplants to a different sort of soil. Liz pairs SU student volunteers with local schools, food-service programs, hospitals, nonprofits, and other emerging entities. Her two-year stint as an AmeriCorps VISTA through New York Campus Compact grounded her in service-learning capacity building. As Community Service and Service Learning Coordinator at SUNY-ESF for three years, she connected at-risk youth with learning opportunities and coordinated programs such as the “Saturday of Service” in local parks. Her efforts were instrumental in the college receiving the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement. With a master of public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Liz is eager to broaden and enliven the conversation involving our academic colleagues and institutions beyond the campus walls.