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April 28, 2004
CONTACT: Kathleen Shields

EMU student wins Outstanding
Community Impact Award

YPSILANTI - Alena Frey, an Eastern Michigan University senior from Sterling Heights, received an Outstanding Community Impact Award from Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) at its annual Student Service Award ceremony in Lansing April 17. Michigan Campus Compact is a Lansing-based organization that supports Michigan colleges and universities in the development and implementation of service initiatives on campus. The Outstanding Community Impact Award honors students who have made community service an integral part of their college experience.

"Alena stands out among her peers as a positive role model, living the life of service that she talks about," said Peggy Harless, EMU community service program coordinator. "She rises far above her job responsibilities, spending countless hours working on projects and volunteering her time."

Frey, an administrative management major, has been involved in EMU's VISION (Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods) program for four years. She currently serves as the VISION student volunteer coordinator; is a member of the Campus Life program board and represents them and McKenny Union on the Board of Regents Student Affairs Committee, and is one of two students on the Strategic Advisory Committee for EMU's new student center. In addition to committee work, Frey is actively involved in many VISION programs, including Alternative Winter Break, Habitat for Humanity, and Best Buddies.

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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