National Volunteer Week Highlights Alma Service
Observing National Volunteer Week April 14-24, Alma College announces the recipients of the College's annual leadership awards and Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) service awards.
For volunteering countless hours and tirelessly working to strengthen their communities, Alma College students earned recognition at the Alma Leadership Banquet April 3 and at Michigan Campus Compact Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration April 8.
Senior Haley Underwood of Florence, Wis., daughter of Les and Jana Underwood, is the recipient of Alma's 2006 Outstanding Commitment to Service Student Award. The Alma College Education Club received the Outstanding Commitment to Service Student Organization Award.
Twelve Alma College students received recognition for their commitment to service at the MCC Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration. Sophomore Katherine Bruder of Dearborn Heights, daughter of Ann Phillips, received the Commitment to Service Award given to one student per MCC member campus for both the breadth and the depth of her/his community involvement.
MCC Heart and Soul Awards recognizing nominees for their time, effort, and personal commitment to their communities through service went to:
Erin Bernethy, junior from Linwood, daughter of William and Kathleen Bernethy
Casey Binkley, senior from Lansing, daughter of Kenneth and Nancy Binkley
Corie Brown, junior from Benzonia, daughter of Thomas Hirsch and Audrie Brown
Megan Coffin, junior from Wheeler, daughter of Randy and DeAnna Coffin
Danielle Creguer, junior from Minden City, daughter of Pete and Jill Creguer
Sarah Ellsworth, junior from Lansing, daughter of Jeffrey and Susan Ellsworth
Julie Lee, senior from Fruitport, daughter of Gordie and Linda Lee
Pamela McClintic, junior from Mt. Pleasant, daughter of Richard and Betty McClintic
Mary Katherine Miles, junior from Breckenridge and a 1978 graduate of Lansing Catholic Central High School
Hilary Miller, junior from Grosse Pointe Woods, daughter of Mark and Lisa Miller
MCC promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be engaged citizens through creating and expanding academic co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service learning and civic engagement.
In addition, 23 students are participating in the Michigan Service Scholars Program, through a grant from the Michigan Community Service Commission and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students complete 300 hours of community service during one calendar year and receive a $1,000 AmeriCorps Education Award. Students serve in community agencies with volunteer recruitment and/or infrastructure and through youth development programs.
According to its mission statement, Alma College prepares students to serve generously. Students serve as mentors, tutors, visitors, meal servers, reading buddies, book club leaders, blood donors, builders and fund raisers. Many local organizations including Community Café, Alma Public School After School Programs, Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Masonic Pathways, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, rely on Alma students to increase their capacity to meet and address local needs.
In addition, 495 students were enrolled in 39 academic courses that had service learning as a core component during Fall and Winter terms. These courses include meaningful service and reflection for the enhancement of academic learning. 101 students and staff volunteered during spring break week at seven sites addressing various human and educational needs.
The National Volunteer Week theme, “Inspire By Example” reflects the power volunteers have to inspire the people they help and to inspire others to serve. National Volunteer Week is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting the week
Posted: Wed, April 12th, 2006 at 3:19PM