Alma College Professor Earns Organization's Highest Award
Dr. Robyn Anderson, associate professor of exercise and health science, has been named recipient of the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award, the highest honor MCC bestows on faculty and staff in Michigan. The award is given to one person from each member campus who engages or influences students in community service or service-learning through modeling, influence, or instruction.
Nominated by Anne Ritz, Alma's service learning coordinator, Anderson has been designated by peers as the faculty/staff person on campus who made the most outstanding contributions in the area of community service-learning. This award recognizes the influence on or engagement of students in community service.
An active member of Alma College's Service-Learning Task Force, Anderson has demonstrated her commitment to enhancing service-learning throughout her curriculum. For more than 10 years, Anderson has incorporated service in her exercise and health science adult fitness course bringing students and community residents together in an exercise-based field work/practicum experience.
Students administer exercise aerobic and strength programs, and teach water aerobics to local senior citizens and other community adults. As the result of a community-wide health assessment that identified heart disease as a community problem, Dr. Anderson incorporated a student prevention program for one of her courses, Community Health. College students in this course create awareness of potential health problems among public school students and apply health-related prevention techniques in a school health fair setting.
With the encouragement of Anderson last year, two College students created a water exercise program for female middle school students, just one example of Andersons ability to instill service in her students.
MCC presents the honor Feb. 17, 2005, in the Adrian/Tobias Room attached to the Ritchie Dining Hall at Adrian College as part of the Ninth Annual Institute on Service-Learning. A reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 5:00 p.m.
Michigan Campus Compact is a state-level non-profit organization that promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically-engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.
Posted: Fri, January 21st, 2005 at 11:53AM