10th class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event

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For immediate use: Friday, May 9, 2014

 
The 251 members of the class of 2014 who are Buckley Public Service Scholars will be honored May 9 at a ceremony in Memorial Hall, highlighting their years of service while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 11 to represent their achievement. To commemorate the 10 years of graduates, former provost Richard J. Richardson will address the graduates.

 

The program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service, connects them to others who care about similar issues and guides them through training and course work that make their service more effective. Currently  9 percent of Carolina undergraduates are enrolled as Buckley Public Service Scholars. The program was launched in 2003 and renamed in 2011, when the center announced the establishment of the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment from an anonymous donor. This endowment ensures Buckley Public Service Scholars will graduate for generations to come.

 

To receive formal recognition, Buckley Public Service Scholars must have a minimum grade-point average, complete at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course and attend four skills-training workshops as well as complete a final reflection activity. Most of this year’s graduates exceeded these requirements, on average completing more than 450 hours of service. Fifteen students reported more than 1,000 hours each, and two students recorded more than 2,000. These students join the 1,365 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2003.

 

“My experience in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program has been one of learning,” said senior Emily Bushman. “I have learned that there is a deeper meaning of public service beyond simple volunteering. I have gained a strong sense of empowerment that comes from this deeper public service and have seen the communities and institutions I serve be empowered as well.”

 

Since the program’s inception, more than 5,635 students have participated, contributing 1.35 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like UNC Hospitals, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, UNC Dance Marathon, Relay For Life and Student U. The 2014 graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported 113,400 hours of service as of March 2014. Of those hours, 85 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 10 percent other states and 5 percent other countries. This year’s graduating class brings the total to 1,616 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates.

 

“These exemplary students spent their years at Carolina strengthening the culture of public service and community engagement,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “Through their dedicated participation, they fostered connections among the University, its students and North Carolina communities. We are excited to see these students continue their commitment to public service after graduation.”

 

For more information about each Buckley Public Service Scholar, visit http://issuu.com/uncccps/docs/bpss_-_graduation_bulletin_-_final_?e=8061361/7787249.

 

 

Here is a list of the 2014 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by N.C. county, state and country:

 

Alamance: Jesse Crayle and Lenzie Purcell

 

Buncombe: Sean Langberg, Ivy Palas, Nabila Ratani and Julie Uffelman

 

Cabarrus: Hannah Burris, Suzanne Jasmine, Elizabeth Rossitch and Lauren Silver

 

Camden: Lauren Forbes

 

Catawba: Kelly Boyd, Timothy McEachran and Georgia Titcomb

 

Chowan: Katelyn Blanchard

 

Cleveland: Alex Ledbetter

 

Craven: Phillip Healy

 

Cumberland: Kehinde Adeoti, Ann Atienza, Tanisha Edwards, Julia Hah, Alexis Leca, Rebecca Lee, Jessica Milbern, Britt Sikora and Sheila Spence

 

Davie: Elizabeth Davis and Taylor Moore

 

Durham: Amelia Ahern, Keia Faison, Daniel Jourdan and Emily Palmer

 

Forsyth: Samantha Bauer, Olivia Eskew, Stefan Hansen, Courtney Harriott, David Hill, Nicole Lawing, Jiwon Lim, Samantha Luu, Caroline Porter and Brynn Smith

 

Gaston: Yvonne Nguyen

 

Granville: Joseph Konstanzer and Sharessa Royster

 

Guilford: Obafunbi Abimbola, Gabriel Baylor, Madiha Bhatti, Leslie Blake, Schara Brooks, Joël Hage, Jessica Jenkins, Devyn McDonald, Logan Nail, Emily Pelehach, Katherine Simkins, Wendy Song and Laura Wert

 

Halifax: Hinson Neville

 

Harnett: Benjamin Blue

 

Haywood: Meredith Corn

 

Henderson: Ashley Roy

 

Hertford: Allen Jones

 

Iredell: Elizabeth Davis, Savan Kothadia and Mary-Claire Spencer

 

Johnston: Kathryn Cook

 

Lenoir: Juliana Saracino

 

Lincoln: Shelby Sugierski

 

Macon: Gaitry Aruwani

 

Mecklenburg: Laida Alarcon, Caroline Conner, Hope Davis, Neelesh Dewan, Holton James Dunville, Katherine Dyer, William Gerhard, Laura Grier, Grant Heskamp, Adriana Iturbide Rodriguez, Katherine Johnston, Avery Keese, Lauren Kowadlo, Conor O’Neill, Neal Patel, Vishalee Patel, Portia Polk, Claire Powers, Lauren Salvia, Megan Salvia, Zainab Shams, Anna Sturkey, Neha Vennekkat, Nicole Welsh, Caroline White, Devin White, Kate Wilson and Amberli Young

 

Moore: Emily Ott

 

Nash: Lein Soltan

 

New Hanover: Kaitlyn Brobst, Kathleen Hayes, Melanie Johnston, Abigail Terkeltoub and Lindsay Wright

 

Northampton: Kelsey Smith

 

Orange: Lisa Couper, Christopher Cunningham, Katherine Krantz, Hetali Lodaya, Robert Mook, Hoang My Huu Nguyen, Anneke Oppewal and Camille Sowder

 

Pender: Hannah Afify

 

Pitt: Jonathan Laprade and Lisa Owusu-Antwiwaah

 

Randolph: Rabiah Choudhary, Brooke Foster and Brittany Reeves

 

Richmond: Kiara Aranda

 

Rockingham: Lashawn Hart

 

Rowan: Mary Margaret Mills

 

Rutherford: Carsyn Butler

 

Stanly: Hope Wolf

 

Wake: Risikat Ademola, Natalie Allcott, Pooja Aphale, Swathi Ayyagari, Priya Balagopal, Minhaj Baqai, Ashley Beale, Mary Bitler, Sarah Broadwell, Shalini Chudasama, Jennifer Craven, Kenan Ender, Nora Fritz, Shyra Hall, Alexandra Hammer, Olivia Hart, Nariman Heikal, Anne Holmes, Nguyen Huynh An Le, Janice Lee, Meredith Lewis, Ceewin Louder, Alexandra Montaner, Renee Montpetit, Nikita Patel, Pooja Patel, Sheila Patel, Anna Perry, Grace Peter, Tyson Presnell, Sarah Pruteanu-Malinici, Julia Ramos, Christopher Rota, Matthew Ryan, Gautam Sanka, Farhana Shemna, Simone Trotman, Samantha Tulenko, Priscilla Tutu, Avani Uppalapati, Madhulika Vulimiri, Margrethe Williams, Caitlin Wood, Yiwen Wu, Linda Yang and Alekhya Yechoor

 

Washington: Sheev Patidar

 

Watauga: Aidan Berry, Emily Bushman, Kelsey Gustaveson and Emma Seagle

 

Arizona: Samantha Pfotenhauer

 

California: Carolyn Jeffries and Savita Senthil

 

Connecticut: Elise Hopkins, Molly Laux and Marisa Segarra

 

Florida: Elizabeth Ayers, Patricia Bajuelo, Michelle Bandklayder, Natalie Borrego, Paula Muñoz, Jennifer Neal, Julia Nething, Blake O’Connor, Myrna Perez and Shannon Steel

 

Georgia: Kelsey Aho, Sarah Barger, Mandy Eidson, Elizabeth Greenberg, Josephine Kooijman, Ellen McKnight, Matthew Meyers, Pooja Mohanty, Kelsey Pan and Courtney Sanford

 

Illinois: Kathleen Burch, Elizabeth Goslin, Anna Ollinger and Kyle Ann Sebastian

 

Kentucky: Raymond Barry

 

Maryland: Kristina Hsieh, Sara Robinson, Kristen Rosano and Margaret Vandeusen

 

Michigan: Kevin Claybren

 

New Hampshire: Kendall Nicosia-Rusin

 

New Jersey: Brittany Newman-Eckert, Kathleen Ughetta, Carlisle Uhlman and Rachel Uhlman

 

New York: Mykal Adams, Amanda Baldiga, Michelle Brant, Elke-Esmeralda Dikoume, Akilah Ffriend, Madeleine Hindenlang, Daranee Nasongkhla, Alexa Oyague and Rick Vavolizza

 

Ohio: Christopher Flesher and Hannah Smith

 

Pennsylvania: Christopher Felix and David Warner

 

Puerto Rico: Viviana Bonilla-Lopez

 

South Carolina: Kiaira Reed and Cheyenne Turner

 

Tennessee: Arthur Guyton and Anna Spickard

 

Texas: Niaisha Johnston, Ann Scavone and Zoe Wolszon

 

Utah: Zachary Alexander

 

Virginia: Samantha Halle, Kelly Mcdermott, Irene Newman, Katie Overbey, Taylor Price and Vishwajith Sridharan

 

Washington: Jasmine Kreig and Orlando Mendoza

 

Washington, D.C.: Lindsey Bargelt

 

Wisconsin: Liz Hawryluk

 

China: Chenxi Yu

 

Singapore: Gwen Hwarng

 

 

Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Rhonda Beatty (919) 843-7568, rbeatty@unc.edu

News Services contact: Susan Hudson, (919) 962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu