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MiCC Honors 21 Students for Commitment to Service

April 09, 2014

Morgan Beeler and Laura Steinhurst are recognized for their local involvement with children and youth. Nineteen students receive Heart and Soul Awards.

From uniting the community and college through the annual Alma Fall Festival to coordinating science outreach to local elementary schools, Morgan Beeler and Lauren Steinhurst are exemplary models of Alma College’s commitment to community service.

Michigan Campus Compact has honored Beeler, Steinhurst and 19 other Alma College students for their dedication to service. The students were recognized at MiCC’s Outstanding Student Awards celebration in East Lansing on Saturday, April 12.

Beeler and Steinhurst are recipients of the Commitment to Service Award.

Morgan Beeler (right), with South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.Morgan Beeler (right), with South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.

“Morgan’s four-year involvement with children and youth through the public schools, and Lauren’s passion for Alma College’s Alternative Break service program have nurtured these young ladies to be conscientious citizens who make community a priority,” says Sallie Scheide, assistant director of the Responsible Leadership Institute in the Center for Student Opportunity.

Beeler, a senior from Fremont, has served as a tutor and enrichment leader for the Explore Mentor PLUS after-school and Kids Night Out programs. She has mentored hundreds of Alma middle and elementary school youth, where she helps students with math homework and teaches crafts, yoga and Spanish. She also coaches a local Girls on the Run team, which teaches girls about healthy living, positive body image and personal responsibility.

In addition, Beeler is a founding coordinator for the Alma Fall Festival, an annual event since 2011. A favorite attraction for youth at the festival is the Kid’s Corner, where youth can make slime, trunk or treat, and enter a costume contest.

She also has participated on Alma’s Model UN team and, as a recipient of a Posey Global Leadership Fellowship, has traveled to South Africa where she served with the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation, the only children’s hospice in South Africa.

Lauren SteinhurstLauren Steinhurst

Steinhurst, a senior from West Branch, has several years of experience coordinating science outreach with local elementary schools. She is secretary to the Chemistry Club and past chair of the “Science Blowout” event, in which local youth are invited to the Alma College campus to participate in hands-on chemistry, biology, health-related, physics and anthropology activities.

She also has participated in numerous Alternative Break service trips, working on issues such as hunger and homelessness, college access, disaster relief and civic engagement. She has served as a leader on the Alternative Break Student Advisory Board and has developed and facilitated leader training, recruited students and staff advisors, and served as a site leader.

The following 19 Alma College students are recipients of MiCC’s Heart and Soul Award in recognition of their time, effort and personal commitment to service.

• Alyssa Adams, Milford senior
• Caroline Asiala, Washington, D.C., junior
• Hannah Austin, St. Louis, Mich., junior
• Kylie Babcock, Kentwood senior
• Kelsey Blades, Cedar Springs senior
• Karol Chubb, Blanchard junior
• Amanda Coe, Ferndale senior
• Will Donahue, Naperville, Ill., sophomore
• Samantha Fisher, Chesterfield junior
• Erin Fleet, Lowell senior
• Jacob Fox, Marysville sophomore
• Michelle Jerezano, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, senior
• Brooklyn Misenhelder, Ithaca senior
• Christelle Perr’tiangha (Bangsi), Southfield junior
• Lydia Prebeck, Mulliken junior
• Kayla Roy, Shelby Township junior
• Taylor Tripp, Hastings junior
• Katherine Vaillancourt, Hillsdale junior
• Laura Yascolt, Grosse Pointe Woods senior

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.