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Susquehanna University Students Earn Awards for Service

March 5, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Service-minded students and faculty at Susquehanna University were honored recently with the school’s annual SU CHEERS awards. CHEERS, or Celebrating Helpful Experiences through Engaging Relationships in Service, is sponsored by Susquehanna’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), the campus hub of social responsibility, facilitating such programs as fund drives and volunteer activities. The recognition event took place Feb. 18 in the university’s Isaacs Auditorium.

Students and faculty were nominated by their peers. Winners were then chosen by a committee composed of CCE staff and university staff members relevant to each award, such as the university chaplain, Greek adviser and an athletics department representative.

The awards and their recipients include the following:

• Emily E. Bowling Award for Outstanding [College] Career in Service: Katelyn Williams
• Lynn H. Askew Student Volunteer of the Year: Siri Heian
• Joel L. Cunningham Service-Learning Faculty of the Year: Barbara Lewis and Leona Martin Anderson
• Outstanding Service by an Athletics Organization: Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
• Outstanding Service by a Greek Organization: Phi Mu Delta
• Toys for Tots Award: WQSU, Susquehanna’s student-run radio station
• Community Partner of the Year: Far Point Animal Rescue, of Port Trevorton

Organizational Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards go to student representatives of campus and community groups or chapters who demonstrate exceptional service efforts. Recipients and their organizations include the following:
• Julia Amadee, a volunteer with Acts 29, an off-campus ministry team that shares its message with local congregations
• Emily Lion, for her work as a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
• Danielle Kiess, for her participation in Circle K, which promotes involvement in campus and community services through affiliation with Kiwanis International
• Katie Leader, a volunteer with the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, helping to build safe, affordable housing for low-income families
• Sarah Gordon, a resident assistant in Hassinger Hall, for her efforts in organizing service activities for her residence hall’s students
• Kate Mongell, for her work with the Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA), which encourages an understanding of and appreciation for Hispanic culture
• Cassie Plunkett, for her participation in Senior Friends, promoting interaction with elderly citizens in the central Susquehanna Valley

At Susquehanna, student volunteer groups often live in “project houses,” university-owned homes that help service-minded residents to meet easily, set goals and stay focused on their volunteer activities. Two project houses earned CHEERS awards as follows:
• Dorothy M. Anderson Outstanding Project House of the Year: the Study Buddy project house, which engages in a tutoring program to improve the study skills, self-esteem, academic achievement, attendance and overall attitudes of Selinsgrove Area Middle School students
• Most Improved Project House of the Year: the Senior Friends project house

Special recognition was given to Papa John's Pizza of Selinsgrove and Aramark campus dining service for their continuous support of service programming at SU, often in the form of feeding hungry volunteers.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones

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