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March 30, 2005
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EMU student wins Outstanding Community Impact Award

YPSILANTI - For the third time in four years, an Eastern Michigan University student won the Michigan Campus Compact's Outstanding Community Impact Award. Abbe Ewell, of Norwalk, Ohio, was one of only six college or university students statewide to win this award.

The Outstanding Community Impact Award honors up to six students in Michigan who have made service an integral part of their college experience by their significant contribution to community resources. The award includes a plaque and $200, which can be donated to the nonprofit organization of the student's choice.

"I am honored and thrilled to receive this award," said Ewell, a senior communications major. "Actually, I was quite surprised. Being involved in volunteering is something I've always done since I've been here."

"This is huge," said Peggy Harless, assistant director, community service and leadership for McKenny Union and Campus Life. "This award goes to students who really have a major impact. Abbe's been involved in so many things. Abbe is the student others turn to for direction and support."

Last year, EMU's Alena Frye won the award.   Allison Treppa, another EMU student, won the award in 2002, said Harless.

Ewell has participated in EMU's Alternative Winter Break, helping an elderly person spruce up her New Orleans home and acted as site leader during an Alternative Spring Break trip to Hobe Sound, Fla., where a group of EMU student volunteers helped restore a nature preserve.

This year, Ewell was the site leader for Alternative Winter Break, where a group of EMU students traveled to Boston to help with hunger and homelessness. In addition, Ewell has been involved with the EMU orientation program, acting as a volunteer new student orientation assistant; and as a member of the orientation team of Eastern advisers and mentors (OTEAM) for two years, developing the program and representing the voice of students.

Cassidy Wodke, of Cincinnati, Ohio, won the Commitment to Service Award. This award is given to one student per Michigan Campus Compact member school for both the breadth and depth of his or her community involvement. Recipients have devoted multiple years to one program or have demonstrated their leadership by making multiple contributions to his or her institution and community through community service involvement.

Seven EMU students won Heart and Soul awards. They are Heather Castle, of Algonac; Dayna Hasty, of Dearborn Heights; Jennifer Korff, of Poseyville, Ind.; Jamela Mitchell, of Detroit; Reginald Robinson, of Richton Park, Ill.; Sharon Stallings, of Mason, Ohio; and Toyin Olatunji, of Detroit. These awards recognize nominees for their time, effort and personal commitment to their communities through service.

All Michigan Campus Compact awards will be presented April 16 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academics, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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