|UNC honors 20 individuals and groups for public service|
|Wednesday, March 28, 2012|
Service projects in North Carolina and in faraway Uganda and Bosnia received awards from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at an annual awards ceremony Wednesday (March 28).
The Carolina Center for Public Service honored 20 individuals and organizations. Awards went to students, faculty and staff members from eight of Carolina’s 13 schools and more than 30 different departments.
“The students, faculty, staff and University units being honored with these awards exemplify Carolina’s commitment to service and engagement across North Carolina and far beyond,” said Lynn Blanchard, the center’s director. “Their efforts demonstrate the interconnectedness of the University’s three-part mission of teaching, research and service. We are pleased to have such outstanding examples of public service and engaged scholarship to celebrate at UNC.”
The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award, named for the late professor of exercise and sport science and longtime member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, honors innovative public service projects that exemplify the “service above self” motto of Rotary International. This year’s award went to senior Elizabeth Cotton of Battleboro, junior Alecia Westphalen of Raleigh and junior Gabrielle Neri-mynatt of Waynesville for their work with Ugandan HIV-positive youth in their initiative Empowerment Through Technology.
The Davis Projects for Peace Award, funded by philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis, provides $10,000 to support the Zenica Peace Alliance, developed by seniors Amna Baloch, Sarah Mohamed and Morgan Smallwood, all of Raleigh. The project will create a safe space in which children from diverse backgrounds in the Bosnian city can develop relationships to overcome dangerous ethnic divisions.
The center honored Shirley Ort, director of the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, and Fred Clark, academic coordinator for the Carolina Covenant Scholars Program, with the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. Named for Brooks, a faculty member and administrator at Carolina since 1972, the award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and has promoted the involvement and guidance of others. In their work for Carolina Covenant, a landmark program that provides debt-free education to youth from low-income families, Ort and Clark have helped improve the lives of thousands of Covenant Scholars.
Three campus units received Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards: Carolina Navigators, a service-learning program which provides North Carolina teachers with cultural resources from Carolina students with international expertise; Steve Knotek, associate professor of education, for his work with Madres para Niños, a program for Latina mothers and their young children that addresses cultural gaps in the classroom; and the Community-Based Participatory Research Core of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, for the project Community Engagement Consulting Models: Taking Them to Scale.
The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award recognizes individual students and faculty for exemplary public service efforts. This year’s Bryan awards went to three individuals and one organization:
The following organizations received Community Engagement Graduate Student Fellowships:
The following organizations received Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships:
Photos: Allison Norman, Fred Clark and Steven Knoek, http://urxserve.ur.unc.edu/netpub/server.np?find&site=Luminosity&catalog=catalog&template=view.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=11143