We are so lucky to have Emma Blaiklock as the Economic Development Assistant here at Castleton Downtown!
Emma is a student at Castleton University and a Vermont native hailing from Woodstock. You guessed it – we are hoping to keep Emma around after graduation! This is her second year with us, and we have relied on her to help us host events in partnership with nonprofits, initiate and maintain data management projects, and spread the word about the great efforts to improve Rutland. She has provided indispensable assistance to the Rutland Young Professionals, Project 240, and the Maker Faire Committee. She tells us that she enjoys working with groups made up of both friends and strangers to help promote and plan projects that show how much she loves Rutland and the wonderful parts it has to offer!
We are proud to say that Emma has done just about everything possible to make the most of her college experience at Castleton University, and has taken on leadership roles on campus as well.
On campus, Emma has many roles and responsibilities. As a senior she is a double major in Social Work and Sociology and has completed her minor in Business Administration. She is prepared to begin her senior placement at the Homeless Prevention center this fall. Emma’s work and dedication to her academics shows through her membership in the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, five semester Dean’s List recipient and honors program membership. This past year Emma received the award for Outstanding Third Year Student.
Outside of academics, Emma is no stranger to hard work and involvement. She has been a member of the Varsity Softball team for three years where she received the Most Valuable Player Award in her first season and helped her team in earning their first ever North Atlantic Conference Championship this past season.
This past year Emma joined the Residence Life Staff as a Community Advisor and received the First Year Community Advisor of the Year Award. She will be continuing her work as a Senior Community Advisor this fall and leading the first year of the Community Service House on campus. Leading this civic engagement initiative ties in nicely with her position in the Student Government Association. Emma will be engaging in her second term as the Vice President of Community Relations where she has worked with different community organizations to help the students and community give back to one another. Her involvement in student government extends to the campus activities arm of the association where she has spent the last year and this upcoming fall planning and executing the free movies available to students and community members on campus. She has volunteered her time for the past two years as a mentor in the Castleton Elementary School and attends recess once a week to spend time with her mentee.