The awards included:
• Service Learning Student of the Year: Erin Karpovich. Karpovich worked with Latino high school students through St. Mary Episcopal Church and the Latino Family Center.
“I believe Erin embodies the spirit of what Service Learning is all about,” said Dr. Claudia Femenias, associate professor of Spanish. “Erin has always been active in service and volunteering in the community. She was always willing to help no matter the task at hand and always had a smile on her face. In class, she took her service a step further and engaged in a serious reflection on the implications her service had in the community. She always questioned, reflected and thought on all the different aspects of the service learning experience.”
• Service Learning Professor of the Year: Dr. Amy MacArthur, assistant professor of philosophy. MacArthur taught nearly 50 students in three service learning courses. The students worked with local groups including Cornerstone Health, Westchester Manor and Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine.
“Amy’s dedication to service learning is demonstrated by the number of students she works with, the many community partners she has developed and the wide range of influences she has on the community,” says Rev. Joseph Blosser, PhD.
• Community Partner of the Year: Macedonia Family Resource Center. The center worked with both the Service Learning Program and student volunteers this year, providing students a chance to meet people in the High Point community and collaborated with them on challenges facing the community.
• Largest Student Group Community Impact: Civitan Club. The Civitans participated in numerous service projects in the High Point community over the past year. They helped build a playground at the YWCA, packaged over one thousand boxes for Operation Christmas Child, held a campout event to raise awareness for the homeless, assisted in Special Olympics events, participated in a community Trunk or Treat and were regular volunteers at the Open Door Ministries.
• Best Student Driven Project: Teachers for Tomorrow. The group was honored for their Extreme Classroom Makeover project at Kirkman Elementary school. Members dedicated a weekend to makeover local teacher Phyllis Marshall’s classroom. The chapter raised funds to purchase new supplies and decorations. The makeover also included a special mural painted by an HPU student, installing a new literacy center/reading area, a new bulletin board, revamping Marshall’s desk and a new iPad for Marshall.