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2008 Stone Soup Luncheon & Awards

At the Stone Soup Awards Luncheon and Program, the Center for Community Engagement's third annual Civic Engagement Awards program, held in the fall 2008, a total of twelve awards for exemplary community and university engagement were given in eight categories.

2008 Award Winners

Community Partner Award - Grand Forks Housing Authority & Northlands Rescue Mission

The Grand Forks Housing Authority was recognized for its long history of productive partnerships with UND faculty, exemplary service to UND students, and dedication to the mission of housing those in need.

The Northlands Rescue Mission received the award for its enthusiastic welcome of UND students and its responsible incorporation of interested students into its operations. At the Mission, students are given the opportunity to develop valuable job skills, including the planning and conducting of relatively complex projects in this setting. Through these projects, students become aware of services available in the community and the value of working collaboratively on important health issues.

Public Scholar Award - Virgil Benoit

Support for Dr. Benoit emphasized his understanding that the humanities have much to offer in the area of community engagement. Of particular note was his Initiatives in French cultural heritage project, IF Midwest, focusing on understanding the French presence in the Midwest throughinformation programs, workshops, and courses.

Faculty Service-Learning Award - Robin David

As Associate Director of the Honors Program, she helped create the service-learning component of the program. She has also taken students to national service-learning conferences, developed a peer mentioring group of students, and designed and implemented service-learning assessment worksheets. Her work in service-learning teaches students about civic life while having a positive civic impact.

Engaged Department Award - Honors Program

The Honors Program was noted by nominators as clearly demonstrating what engagement is all about. Civic engagement has been integrated as one of Honors' six program goals, and faculty regularly incorporate service-learning into their courses. Honors has alos made the commitement to continually assess and improve its service-learning program. Additionally, students are thoroughly involved and take ownership of the service program.

Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award - Diana Nastasia

Support for Diana described her as indefatigable. While completing her doctoral disseration, she has, in effect, managed two internal grants funding Community Connect, a collaborative research project involving a dozen UND scholars and over 35 community partners in an effort to link the university and the community through shared resources. Under Diana's driving leadership, the project has conducted more than 30 community focus groups across the state, has held a first-ever Community-University Forum, and it is currently developing a website and a regional community-university journal fostering continued exhange of knowledge.

Undergradutate Student Civic Engagement Award - Brianne Huber

Briane's commitment to, and capacity for, successful civic engagement is well-evidenced. Her significant involvement in the Honors Service-Learning Program includes membership with the Service-Learning Committee, a student steering group, and service as the Honors Program Sutdent Organization Service Coordinator. She also serves as a Peer Service Mentor, working with an Honors 101 course to introduce first-semester students to service-learning and help them develop projects to coincide with their coursework.

Carter Academic Service Entrepreneurship (CASE) Awards - Sierra Kraft, Craig Meiers, and Tasha Spawn

Sierra Kraft, a philosophy major, received the CASE Award for her proposal of a collaborative project with Lutheran Social Services' New American Services program to increase the ability of refugees to resettle in Grand Forks. With the advisement of Robin David, from UND's Honors Program, the project will give refugees the resources to seek help with post traumatic stress and other mental health issues that often diminish thier hopes of self-sufficiency.

Craig Meyers, a senior in social work, received the CASE Award for his proposed project in which a new student Rural Homeless Research Group will collaborate with the Northlands Rescue Mission to identify and solve social problems underlying homelessness. Under the supervision of Social Works' Adam Quinn, the project will develop and informational base, potential social service programs, and suggestions to help assist in alleviating the identified social issues.

Tasha Spawn, an anthropology major, received the CASE Award for her proposal of a project establishing a partnership with the Community Violence Intervention Center, CVIC, to produce data on the direct and indirect costs of domestic violence in the state of North Dakota. She will assist CVIC in procuring funds to meet their current public service needs, while providing the crucial data needed to apply for funds that develop additional services and programs. Tasha's faculty advisor for the project will be Dr. Marcia Mikulak.