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Showcase of Excellence in Action

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Kent State University is proud to serve as a model higher education institution by becoming the first public university in the state of Ohio to require teaching and learning strategies emphasizing community engagement and support. The Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) Showcase of Excellence in Action will recognize and celebrate faculty, students, and staff who committed their time and talents to address community needs through course-based experiential learning and service activities. The event will host a display of model service activities that have provided academic experiences to students. The evening will also provide a chance to formally recognize outstanding service by members of the KSU community.

 

Showcasing Excellence in Action:
A Celebration of Engagement and Service
April 10, 2014, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Please join us in nominating and recognizing engagement and service on all eight of Kent State University’s campuses and in our local communities.  This event will showcase Excellence in Action and the impact our campuses are having in our local communities and beyond. 


To submit a nomination, click here.
Application/Nomination Deadline –Thursday, March 13, 2014

 

Award/Recognition Descriptions


New Service Initiative

This award will be presented to a student(s) who has developed a new service initiative or outreach anytime from May 2013-to current. The program will have had a strong impact on the campus and/or the community served and garnered student support for the issue(s)/outreach. Project should have demonstrated student engagement and should have met an expressed need in the community.
 

Student Volunteers of the Year

This award will go to a student in each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate level) whose service has demonstrated an impact on the community and has performed a minimum of 150 hours of community service. Nominees should demonstrate involvement in more than one area of engagement/service.

Spirit of Service Award-Student

This award will go to students who have completed at least 100 hours of community service from May 2013 – current.

Most Impactful Service/Engagement Award

This award will be presented to a student, faculty and staff member who have contributed extraordinary service to their communities or who have been involved in coordinating a service project or program on the Kent State University campuses. The effort must have had a significant impact on the community served and engaged others in the University community.


Department Engagement Recognition

This award is designed to recognize the work that takes place within departments across Kent State University’s eight campuses for their engagement and dedication to providing assistance to others in their surrounding communities. Both curricular and co-curricular initiatives will be considered for recognition.

 

Outstanding Community Partner Recognition

These awards will recognize the efforts of campus and community based partners who have assisted us in the engagement of students in meaningful out-of-the classroom learning experiences.

 

Faculty “Make a Commitment Awards” 

These awards will recognize the faculty members who committed their time and talents to address community needs through course-based experiential learning and service activities. 

Contact: Kellie King at kking57@kent.edu or 330-672-7876
Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE)
5th Floor Library
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242


Below is a list of the awards given out at the 2013 Showcase of Excellence - A Celebration of Engagement and Service:


Spirit of Service Award

This award is presented to students who have completed at least 100 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year.

  • Bitrus Audu, College of Business Administration                     
  • Amanda Bevington, College of Education, Health, and Human Services     
  • Katie Carter, College of Education, Health, and Human Services    
  • Jackie Cornell, College of College of Arts and Sciences                                                        
  • Breanna Fitzpatrick, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Kristen Given, College of Education, Health, and Human Services              
  • Luke Marzec, College of the Arts
  • Garmai-Korto Matthew, College of Business Administration            
  • Lisa Regula Meyer, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Erin Powell, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Dainelle Sainato, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chrissie Seo, College of College of Arts and Sciences
  • Abbey Woolverton, College of Arts and Sciences

 

Regional Service Recognition

This award recognizes departments at Kent State University (includes regional campuses) for their engagement and dedication to providing assistance to others in their surrounding communities. Both curricular and co-curricular initiatives will be considered for recognition.

  • Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish, Nutrition & Dietetics

           

Student Volunteers of the Year

This award is presented to a student in each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate level) whose service has demonstrated an impact on the community and has performed a minimum of 150 hours of community service. Nominees should demonstrate involvement in more than one area of engagement/service.
 

  • Janine Butler—Freshman, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Luke Marzec—Sophomore, College of the Arts
  • Bitrus Audu—Junior, College of Business Administration
  • Katie Carter—Senior, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Erin Powell—Graduate, College of Education, Health, and Human Services

 

Most Impactful Service/Engagement Award

This award is presented to a student, faculty, and staff member who have contributed extraordinary service to their communities or who have been involved in coordinating a service project or program on the Kent State University campuses. The effort must have has a significant impact on the community served and engaged other in the University community.
 

  • Most Impactful Student: Anna Schonblom, College of Business Administration        
  • Most Impactful Staff: Katie Sorokas, Residence Services
  • Most Impactful Faculty: Tracee Patterson, Department of Theatre   

 

Student Service Leaders

The mission of the Student Service Leaders is to raise awareness of issues and create meaningful relationships with our campus and community. This award is presented to Students Service Leaders who have a strong passion and dedication to social justice in our communities. They lead a minimum of three Super Service Saturdays each semester. They play an important role in creating learning experiences for students through their service as community/campus liaisons, role models, and social change agents.

  • Bitrus   Audu *, College of Business Administration  
  • Amanda Bevington, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Adriana Bodnaruk, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Janine Butler *, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Paige DeMattie, College of Communication and Information
  • Breanna Fizpatrick *, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Katie Hardy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Truc Ho*, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thylitha Johnson *, College of Arts and Sciences & College of Business Administration     
  • Alex Kokinov, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Austin Kwesnik, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Robbie Lierenz, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Caitlin McGrew, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Jessica Miller, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Mitchell, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Taylor Pence, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Jenny Quach, College of the Arts
  • Tina Reese, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Natalie Rosmarin, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sarah Scarazzo *, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Trevor Setterlin *, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Rachael Smith *, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shaun Thomas, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Abbey Woolverton *, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Crystal Zhang, College of Communication and Information

 
*Outstanding Student Service Leaders are those who have led more than three Super Service Saturdays in one semester.
 

Make A Commitment Projects

Faculty members who committed to using course-based experiential learning to address the needs of local community agencies:
 

  • Campus Partner: David Smeltzer, MFA, Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Project Commitment: Promotional Video for Internal and External Student Recruitment
  • Community Partner: Career and Community Studies Program (CCS)

 

  • Campus Partner: Tracee Patterson, Doctoral Teaching Assistant, School of Theater and Dance
  • Community Partner: Career and Community Studies Program (CCS)
  • Project Commitment: Theatre Students Learn and Teach Self Expression with CCS Students

 

  • Campus Partner: Dr. Kele Ding, Associate Professor, Health Education and Promotion Community Partner: Freedom House 4 Women
  • Project Commitment: Program Evaluation

 

  • Campus Partner: Dr. Beth Bilek-Golias, Assistant Professor, College of Architecture + Environmental Design
  • Community Partner: King Kennedy Community Center
  • Project Commitment: Interior Design Make-over

 

  • Campus Partner: Dr. Dean A. Porr, Assistant Professor, College of Business, Management & Information Systems
  • Community Partner: King Kennedy Community Center
  • Project Commitment: Business Plan, Fundraising, and Administration

 

  • Campus Partner: Kathy Bergh, M.A. Lifespan Development & Education Sciences, Health Education and Promotion
  • Community Partner: King Kennedy Community Center
  • Project Commitment: Internal Needs Assessment

 

  • Campus Partner: Dr. Kele Ding, Associate Professor, Health Sciences, Health Education and Promotion
  • Community Partner: United Way of Portage County
  • Project Commitment: Impact Evaluation of Funded Agencies

 

  • Campus Partner: Denise Harrison, Lecturer, English/Department of Pan African Studies
  • Community Partner: Portage Learning Centers
  • Project Commitment: Writing Campaign to Implement A “Backpack” Feeding Program

 

  • Campus Partner: Dr. Valora Renicker, Assistant Professor, Creative Director, Glyphix, School of Visual Communication Design
  • Community Partner: Portage Learning Centers
  • Project Commitment: Website Re-design

New Service Initiative

This award is presented to a student(s) who has developed a new service initiative or outreach anytime from May 2012—current. The program will have had a strong impact on the campus and/or the community served and garnered student support for the issue(s)/outreach. The project should have demonstrated student engagement and should have met an expressed need in the community.

Flash-A-Thon

  • Jackie Cornell, College of College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chrissie Seo, College of College of Arts and Sciences

 

Community Partner Recognition

These awards will recognize the efforts of campus and community based partners who have assisted us in the engagement of students in meaningful out-of-the-classroom learning experiences.

  • Akron Canton Regional Food Bank
  • Arden Courts of Bath
  • Associated Builders and Construction * Scott Giesler
  • Campus Transition Project
  • Center of Hope
  • Freedom House for Women
  • Haven of Rest
  • Haymaker Farmers Market * Kelly Ferry
  • Habitat for Humanity of Portage County* Brian Reitz
  • Hattie Larlham
  • Kent Social Services
  • King Kennedy Community Center
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Portage Learning Centers
  • Springtime of Hope
  • The Junction
  • Townhall II
  • United Way of Portage County
  • Dr. Sangkwon Lee, Foundation, Leadership and Administration *
  • Dr. Mark Lyberger, Foundation, Leadership and Administration *

 
*Special Recognition