Student scientists recognized by New York State Senate

May 12, 2017 06:55 PM

ALBANY - Senator Neil Breslin may be well versed on politics, but on Friday he received a lesson in physics -- not from a professor but from students.

"Young people at Siena, they're the future," commented Breslin (D - Delmar).

The veteran politician was at Siena to honor the college's ENABLE team.  They're volunteers who for the past two years, worked to create prosthetic limbs for two children. Last year, a 9-year-old in Stillwater received a "Frozen" themed arm designed and built by the Siena students and this spring, a child in Uganda was the recipient.

"Just to see that little boy so happy and we can help him do things he normally wouldn't be able to do it's just amazing," explained ENABLE team member Alyx Gleason, a Siena Senior from Clifton Park.

Applying the practical knowledge learned in the classroom at Siena is part of furthering the college's Franciscan mission.

"It's students like this who will inspire other women to think about, 'Maybe I can make a difference,'" explained Siena President Br. F. Edward Coughlin.

"When we were stressed about course work, we went to work on ENABLE because we want to make a difference in someone's life and it gives us that great feeling," added Gleason.

The students received an official proclamation from the New York state Senate for the work.

"They're bringing these new hands and arms to people without them. It needs to be rewarded, it needs to be applauded," said Breslin after the event.

Siena YouTube video on prosthetic arm

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