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2011 Stone Soup Luncheon & Awards

At the Stone Soup Awards Luncheon and Program, the Center for Community Engagement's sixth annual Civic Engagement Awards program, held in the fall 2011, a total of ten awards for exemplary community and university engagement were given in seven categories.

2011 Award Recipients

Community Partner Award - Safe Kids Grand Forks

Kids in the region are safer because of the work of Safe Kids Grand Forks, under the direction of Carma Hanson. This coalition of many community partners is dedicated to reducing childhood injuries. Importantly, the program provides many UND students service learning opportunities that help new generations of professionals become GREAT professionals. These students will go on to keep kids safer in their own communities in to the future.

Public Scholar Award - Douglas Munski

Dr. Munski is a model for connecting one’s discipline to community. He shares his geographical understanding of this region through his selfless community work and his tireless engagement of students in community-based research. He can tell people about escarpments, elevators, and place names and make them want to know more. If you have ever been on a bus trip with Doug Munski, you know what I am talking about.

Faculty Service-Learning Award - Frank White

Frank White is an inspiring role model to his students with engagement in community learning and public service. By promoting wellness and drug and alcohol education and prevention, he makes difference in the lives of students and the community. He lives his own motto that “sociology is a verb” that requires doing in order to learn.

Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement Award - Reginald Tarr

Reginald Tarr has been an effective leader as an educator of members of the Grand Forks community about refugee resettlement.  Born in Liberia, Mr. Tarr spent 13 years in a refugee camp before coming to Grand Forks in 2003, where he has helped organize the United African Community. A social work student at UND, he has been a frequent guest speaker and presenter at human rights conferences.

Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award - Enoch Hankerson

Graduate student Enoch Hankerson is eager for experiences that will help him learn about and contribute to communities. He supports the projects and events of the Center for Community Engagement, Multicultural Student Services, and the International Center. Off campus, he is engaged in civic affairs through the Red River Regional Council and a relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Engaged Department Award - Family & Community Nursing

The Family and Community Nursing Department might actually hold the record for number of partnerships involving students in our region: the Grand Forks Public Health Department, Head Start, Safe Communities, Douglas Place and Mountain Brook, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Parent Information Center, Leech Lake Reservation. The list goes on. Students participate in community immunization clinics, health fairs, tobacco use education, safe disposal of prescription medication, car seat safety checks, and mental health education.

Community Connect Partner Award - Community of Mountain, N.D.

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 2011, the community of Mountain, N.D. hosted our annual Community Connect forum, welcoming almost 175 UND faculty, staff, students, and regional community residents to a day of sharing our common interest in the theme, Celebrating Community. This community extended its hospitality and opened the doors of its new million-dollar community center for the very first time to help us learn what a community can accomplish.

Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award - Robert J. Rainbow

The Paul V. Boswell Public Scholar Award is presented by the Center for Community Engagement, the UND Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, and the UND Indian Studies Department in memory of Paul Boswell, who served as director of the Native Media Center before his death in 2006.

BJ Rainbow receives this award recognition of his selfless outreach efforts to engage others in learning about the traditions and history of his community. Mr. Rainbow is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and is affiliated with the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock communities through his grandmother and grandfather. BJ is a graduate of UND. He is part of the River’s Edge Drumming Group and former president of the UND Indian Association.

Stone Soup Program Sponsors

Altru Health System

Bremer Bank

First State Bank

Gate City Bank

Grand Forks Herald

The Greystone Group

North Dakota Mill & Elevator


UND Office of the Provost

Xcel Engergy