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May 14, 2007
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EMU's Harless receives national honor as staff person of the year for alternative spring break

YPSILANTI - Peggy Harless, assistant director of diversity and community involvement, has been named the 2007 Break Away National Alternative Break Awards Staff Person of the Year.

Break Away is the national nonprofit organization that supports colleges and universities in their alternative spring break programming. EMU’s volunteer center, VISION, has been involved with Break Away since in inception. Through the program, VISION sends as many as 100 students to sites across the country during spring break to help others. EMU has participated in the program since 1992.

 
Peggy Harless
Peggy Harless

“I am fortunate to work with EMU students who are so amazingly committed to service and passionate about making the world a better place,” said Harless.  "I am honored to have been nominated by students for this award. There are so many good things going on at EMU. I'm glad to have this opportunity to bring positive recognition to the University.”

“Peggy is nothing but supportive and productive in helping Alternative breaks, as well as all of the other social justice programs, in achieving their goals, missions and visions each and every year,” said Rob Masen, the student leader with EMU’s alternative spring break program who nominated Harless.

“Peggy Harless is a tireless, passionate advocate for student leadership and involvement with community service and engagement,” said Glenna Frank-Miller, executive director, leadership and involvement. “She is a uniquely gifted advisor and mentor to students who design and lead service programs, and for students who participate in those programs. Students describe her as a role model for social justice work and for students who seek learning opportunities within service organizations and programs. We are truly blessed to have Peggy as a member of our EMU family.”

Harless is responsible for bringing the Michigan Service Scholars program to campus, advocating for students who complete 300 hours of service in one year to qualify for a scholarship. She also is advisor to: America Reads, Best Buddies, SAHAH (Students Against Hunger and Homelessness), Jumpstart, Habitat for Humanity and GREEN (Gathering Resources to be Educated about our Environment and Nature), along with other VISION programs.

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