Nine Students Honored for Commitment to Service
Nine students from Alma College have been rewarded for their dedication and commitment to community service.
Each year, Michigan Campus Compact recognizes students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. This year, 100 students from 22 member campuses received awards. Awardees were selected from a nomination pool of nearly 600 students.
Alma junior Kevin Everhart was one of only two students in the state to receive the Michigan Humanitarian Award for addressing community needs through service-learning strategies.
“Kevin was involved as a project manager with his fall term Principals in Management course,” said Anne Ritz, coordinator of service learning. “Together with his student team they learned the essentials of planning, organizing, leading and controlling an off-campus project through a partnership with Masonic Pathways, a senior living facility in Alma. The college team taught the senior residents to play the Wii video game system and organized a Wii bowling tournament with local Alma Middle School youth.”
Hamilton senior Emily Boerman received the Commitment to Service Award, which is given to one student per member campus for their commitment to community service.
“Emily’s involvement and increased levels of leadership in the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega contributed to her receiving the Commitment to Service award for Alma College,” said Ritz. “From member to treasurer, to vice president of membership, to president of the chapter, she has demonstrated the depth of her community involvement and leadership in service during her undergraduate education.”
Seven Alma students received the Heart and Soul Award in recognition of their time, effort and personal commitment through service. Recipients were Goodrich senior Amanda Bishop, Zeeland senior Megan VanDerKooi, Cadillac junior Amanda Nixon, Ithaca senior Daniel Seals, Traverse City senior Jennifer Bassett-Payne, Lansing senior Kerry Dembowski and Ithaca sophomore Sara Hirschman.
The students were honored during the 13th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards ceremony, held April 18 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college and university 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: Wed, May 6th, 2009 at 3:51PM