Eastern Michigan students receive honors for commitment to community

by Ward Mullens, Published May 04, 2010

YPSILANTI - Fifteen Eastern Michigan University students were recognized for their commitment to community service during the Michigan Campus Compact 14th Annual Outstanding Student Service Awards recently in Lansing.

Each year, MCC awards students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.  Three types of awards are given: the Outstanding Community Impact Award, the Commitment to Service Award, and the Heart and Soul Award.  Awardees were selected from a nomination pool of nearly 900 students.  This year, 192 students from 34 member campuses were honored.

Adam Betz, a senior from Ann Arbor, received the Outstanding Community Impact Award.  This award is given to students who have made service an integral part of their college experience by their significant contribution to community resources. The recipients’ efforts build partnerships between their campuses and communities to demonstrate personal reflection and a commitment to lifelong engagement.  Only eight students receive this award.

Ashley Orel, a senior from Holt, received the Commitment to Service Award.  This award is given to one student per member campus in the state of Michigan for their commitment to community service.
Kristin Catenacci (senior, Brighton), Randi Engelhardt (sophomore, Madison Heights), Courtney Fravala (sophomore, Canton), Christopher Halliwill (graduate student, Somerset), Brittany Hamilton-Reed (senior, Ann Arbor), Rachel Mims (senior, Detroit), Phillipa Olivas (sophomore, Fairfield, Ohio), Carol Plas (senior, Van Wert, Ohio), Kayla Potter (senior, Eaton Rapids), Maria Powell (senior, Morton Grove, Ill.), Carli Scott (senior, Euclid, Ohio), Erin Elisabeth VanVliet (senior, Dublin, Ohio), and Ericka Wilson (senior, Detroit) were awarded the Heart and Soul Award.  This award is given to students to recognize their time, effort and personal commitment through service.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.  It 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. For more information, please visit www.micampuscompact.org.

Ward Mullens

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