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2010 Stone Soup Luncheon & Awards


At the Stone Soup Awards Luncheon and Program, the Center for Community Engagement's fifth annual Civic Engagement Awards program, held in the fall 2010, a total of ten awards for exemplary community and university engagement were given in seven categories.

2010 Award Winners

Community Partner Award - Grand Forks Public Schools

Among the many partnerships that the Grand Forks Public Schools have with UND programs, their work with the Elementary and Middle School Resident Teacher Program in the College of Education and Human Development has earned them this special recognition. In the program, resident teachers earn a graduate degree while gaining experience in three Grand Forks schools. The program improves teaching performance and supports the retention of good teachers. A testimony to the success of the program is that 35 of the past resident teachers are currently teachers or administrators in the GF schools.

Public Scholar Award - Larrie Wanberg

Larrie Wanberg is a community ambassador with a passion for communities and stories. He has been helping students and communities ranging from Drayton to Northwood to Rugby conduct research on their heritages and learn how to share their stories through the new method of digital storytelling. He never passes up an opportunity to draw the connections between community development, community heritage, and community story-telling. He has been generous and self-effacing in sharing his talents and methods through the Community Connect Project, demonstrating the true meaning of community and university partners.

Faculty Service-Learning Award - Sheryl Broedel

Sheryl Broedel uses service learning in all her Business Communication for Professionals classes, providing much needed research, planning, and promotion for area nonprofits. As one community partner noted who could not attend today’s presentation, “Sheryl is such an amazing individual with an incredible ability to motivate and educate her students while greatly impacting the community around them. The world is a better place because of Sheryl and her students. I hope you all feel the “wave of admiration” that the staff at Angel Flight Central will send your way.”

Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement Award - Fayme Stringer

Fayme Stringer not only served three terms as a VISTA member at the Center for Community Engagement while she worked on her undergraduate degree, she also has gone above and beyond her assigned commitments to offer her time and talents to the community in significant ways. Whether serving as a leader among her peers as a nonprofit leadership student contributing to the nonprofit organizations in the area, or volunteering in the Near North Neighborhood, or providing assistance to the RSVP program, she is a student who never feels it is someone else’s responsibility to make a difference. She assumes we all have that responsibility, inspiring other students to do the same.

Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award - Vincent Bulus

Vincent Bulus has been an active presenter on Nigerian culture to elementary schools, UND classes and regional conferences. He also presents on issues of women’s education in Nigeria. Vincent never turns down an opportunity to educate others about celebrating diversity and he is an enthusiastic community volunteer. Vincent is a life-long learner and educator with an important message and with a goal of building a school for girls and women in Nigeria who wish to further their education without the obstacles they now face.

Engaged Department Award - Teaching & Learning

The Teaching and Learning Department has a history of engaging students and faculty in scholarship and learning in the community. Students, in fact, complete 30 hours of volunteer activity before they student teach, working with nonprofit organizations around the region from Northland Rescue Mission to Refugee Reading, to Artwise, to the LaGrave Learning Center. Faculty integrate engagement into their courses such as  Multicultural Education and Foundations of Middle Level Education, making an impact by matching UND students with local high school and middle refugee students and raising funds for nonprofits.

Community Connect Community Partner Award -  Cankdeska Cikana Community College

It is an honor to provide a special recognition to a community partner who made an extraordinary contribution to the work of the Center for Community Engagement and to all of the communities in North Dakota. In April this year, Cankdeska Cikana Community College hosted our annual Community Connect forum, welcoming 200 UND faculty, staff, students, tribal members, and North Dakota residents to a day of sharing our common interests in the theme, “Finding Common Cultural Ground.” Our colleagues at Cankdeska Cikana went out of their way to extend their hospitality and to help us all learn what common cultural ground can truly mean. Cynthia Lindquist, President of Cankdeska Cikana Community College and a member of the Center’s Community Advisory Board, we would like to present you and your colleagues and students this recognition of your outstanding contributions to community engagement.

Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award -  Abby St. Germain, Chanae Jones, Jane Croeker, and Lana Rakow

The Paul V. Boswell Public Scholar Award is presented in memory of Paul Boswell, who served as director of the Native Media Center before his death in 2006.