3 April 2012

Lyndon State College Faculty, Staff, and Student, Honored

VERMONT CAMPUS COMPACT AWARDS. Three Lyndon State College employees and one student are to be honored by their peers at the 2012 Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) Statewide Awards ceremony on April 12th. The honor recognizes and celebrates students, faculty, staff, and community partners for their impact in communities through service, service-learning, and civic engagement. Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin is slated as guest speaker and presenter.

Ann Nygard, director of Lyndon’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, has been selected as the recipient of the Campus Leadership for Civic Engagement Award. This award recognizes a person who advances public engagement as a critical component of their institution. It honors someone who strives toward a vision of education as a public good, supports faculty and students, and has formed innovative partnerships.

One of the five finalists for the Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award is faculty member Thomas Anderson. This award acknowledges innovative teaching and curriculum that employs service-learning or community-based research which develops student voice, civic agency, and critical thinking using real-life application and relevance.  The teaching  includes community voice, partnership, and impact to inform the academic objectives and outcomes.

Patricia Shine is one of two finalists for the Engaged Scholar Award. The award honors a faculty member for their “scholarship of engagement” where both community engagement and problem-solving are an integral component of their teaching and research. This award recognizes commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in order to improve the world. The faculty member connects scholarship to understanding and solving social, civic, economic, and moral problems.

LSC Student Rachel Keller is a recipient of the Commitment to Service and Engagement Award. The award is given to one student per VCC campus whose college career is characterized by their extensive community involvement. The student may have devoted multiple years to one program or have exhibited leadership and commitment on behalf of the student’ institution and community organizations.

Keller is involved in a number of campus-wide projects including three service-learning trips to Guatemala and a mentoring program sponsored by the Leahy Center for Rural Students. The mentoring project, Early Promise, pairs LSC students with first-in-family high school students. Keller has held a weekly mentoring session with a student from northern Vermont since September, 2011.

VCC is a state-wide consortium of 16 college and university presidents committed to creating a flourishing democracy. The members work to strengthen communities and educate for informed and active citizens. The VCC believes that sustained and creative student, faculty, and community engagement leads to improving lives in Vermont and beyond.

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