MiCC Honors Students for Commitment to Service
Whether rebuilding communities impacted by a natural disaster, tutoring youth after school or mentoring college students, Alaina Dague and Teresa Larson never hesitate to donate their time and skills to helping others.
Michigan Campus Compact has honored Dague, Larson and 12 additional Alma College students for their commitment to service.
Dague, a senior from Lake, is the recipient of the Outstanding Community Impact Award. This premier award is given to six students from across the state who have made service an integral part of their college experience.
Dague is the fourth Alma College student to receive a Community Impact Award in the last eight years.
“Alaina exemplifies the Alma College mission of ‘serving generously,’” says Anne Ritz, service learning coordinator. “Service is woven throughout her academic and co-curricular pursuits throughout her four years of undergraduate study.”
Dague has served as member of the service-learning team for four years at Alma and now serves as an intern. She is a College Positive Volunteer and certified trainer, a member of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity and president of the student organization Literacy Beyond Borders. Her experience has enabled her to develop the Reading Buddies Program as a part of the afterschool program in Alma.
She has been accepted in the Teach for America Program, where she will instruct inner city Detroit youth beginning in July.
Larson, from Eaton Rapids, is the Alma College recipient of the MiCC Commitment to Service Award. She is one of 33 students statewide recognized for their breadth and depth of community involvement and service experiences.
“Service has been a major part of Teresa’s college career, particularly through the alternative break program,” says Carol Gregg, Alma College chaplain. Her most recent trip was to southern Indiana to help with tornado recovery.
“Teresa is always willing to do whatever is needed, whether it is pulling up a rotten floor, unloading a semi-truck, preparing a house for move-in or driving her peers to the work site,” says Gregg. “If it is service, Teresa is ready."
In addition to alternative breaks, Larson has been involved with Phi Sigma Sigma and was a youth advisory delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Twelve additional Alma College students will receive the Heart and Soul Award in recognition for their time, effort and personal commitment through service. More than 450 students from 33 member campuses will receive awards.
Recipients are Fremont senior Morgan Beeler, Saginaw senior Taylor Boehler, Waterford senior Rachel Burckhardt, Alto senior Jennifer Campfield, Parker, Colo., senior Caitlin Closs, Lansing senior Brittney Cole, Marlette senior Chelsea Duff, Birmingham senior Alexandra Gasiorowski, Lansing senior Jarrod Lynch, Michigan City, Ind., senior Emily Montgomery, Kalamazoo senior Kenneth Sparks, and West Branch junior Lauren Steinhurst.
MiCC will honor all award recipients at a brunch April 13 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.
Michigan College Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. MiCC 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: Mon, April 1st, 2013 at 9:37AM