2013 Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards Program
At the Stone Soup Awards Luncheon and Program, the Center for Community Engagement's eighth annual Civic Engagement Awards program, held on November 14, a total of eight awards for exemplary community and university engagement were given.
2013 Award Recipients
Community Partner Award- Grand Forks County Social Services
The Grand Forks County Social Services won accolades from its UND department nominator for the many ways it engages with the UND campus and for its unsung service as the last-hope support network for families in our community. Grand Forks County Social Services helps publicize and coordinate training and events such as the Stomp Out Child Abuse 5k for UND students and community members. The agency provides speakers in UND classrooms to help students learn about community needs, invites faculty members to serve on review teams, sends referrals to departments where clients can receive assistance from on-campus resources, supervises student interns, and gives interviews to students sent to learn about social services. Grand Forks County Social Services not only sees to it that needs are met in the community, it draws on the faculty and student resources of the University
Public Scholar Award- Melanie Sage, Social Work
Dr. Sage has been conducting research that benefits the entire state of North Dakota and its tribal communities. She has received funding form the North Data State Supreme court to study, audit, and provide training on the Indian Child Welfare Act in North Dakota and has received another federal grant from the Children's Bureau to foster connections for Native American youth in North Dakota. She has also done work evaluating child welfare referrals and has formed a partnership with Youthworks ND on a plan to end homelessness for former foster youth.
Faculty-Service Learning Award- Michael Niedzielski, Geography
Dr. Niedzielski has turned two technical courses in the Geography Department into service-learning courses that excite students, serve the community, and provide community partners with resources they can use but otherwise couldn't afford. The Cartography and Visualization course and Introduction to GIS have been used to create maps for the Near North and Near Southside neighborhoods and for New Americans needing to find services in their new home of Grand Forks. Dr. Niedzielski involves community members in deciding what information they need and asks them to respond and give feedback on what the students produce, modeling best practices for using service-learning.was described as the force behind the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics requirement for all majors to complete a minimum of 60 hours a year of service learning. Professor Wang proposed that the department institutionalize its commitment to student engagement in the curriculum and taught the faculty what it meant. The department's website information for students about service learning and instructions for how to track and document their learning is a model for other departments.
Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement Award- Hannah Bahnmiller, Anthropology/Geography
Hannah Bahnmiller is not only one of the most conscientious and ambitious students one faculty nominator has ever taught, she has pursued her passions to the benefit of people from North Dakota and to the rest of the globe. She studied abroad in India and interned at a microfinance organization. She currently is a volunteer with the Global Friends Coalition and recently was named North Dakota's Youth Service America Ambassador. Youth Service America has awarded her a grant to partner with the Resilient Youth Program helping English language learners develop English skills. Her commitment to connecting her academic disciplines with public service and global issues makes her an exceptional undergraduate deserving of the Civic Engagement Award.
Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award- Michelle Rydz, Public Administration
Michelle Rydz wears so many hats, she could be nominated for several different awards, but all-in-all, she demonstrates how academic and professional knowledge can be put to use in the community by a spark plug like her to have a big impact. Just of few of her activities include being a founding member and chair of the Government Relations committee for the Nonprofit Business Alliance; a founding member and board member of Group Adventures; a founding member and executive director of the High Plains Fair Housing Center; and chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee and co-chair of the related Community Development Block Grant review process.
Engaged Department Award- Department of Geography
If you are looking for a department to help a community or a neighborhood, ask the Geography Department. Both faculty and students can be found engaged in research projects and service-learning projects supporting the Near North Neighborhood, Near Southside Neighborhood, New Americans, Warren, Minnesota and Emerado, Williston, Watford City, and St5anely in North Dakota and in partnership with other organizations to benefit our communities, such as the Dakota Science Center and the Grand forks Public Library.
Community Connect Partner Award- Community of Warren, Minn.
In April 2013, the community of Warren, Minnesota hosted our annual Community Connect forum, welcoming almost 140 UND faculty, staff, students, and regional community members to a day of sharing our common interests on the theme of Sustaining Communities. This community extended its hospitality and opened the doors of its school and the Marshall County Historical County Museum to help us all learn what a community can accomplish.
Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award- Historian of the Mandan, Arikara & Hidatsa Nation, Calvin Grinnell
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.
Calvin Grinnell is the historian for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He is also the president of the North Dakota State Historical Board and has served on the North Dakota Historical Review Board and Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committees. He narrated The People of the Upper Missouri: the Mandan, a 77- minute documentary produced by the State Historical Society, which received an Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History.
Grinnell has testified on behalf of his people before Congress in Washington, D.C. and traveled to Germany twice to represent them as part of a historic delegation. He co-produced In the Words of our Ancestors: the Mandan Language and Oral Traditions Preservation Project, a two-volume DVD and CD recording six stories told in Mandan with translation texts. In March 2013, he presented "A Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Interpretation of George Catlin's Influence" at the National Portrait Gallery, London Conference, "American Indian Images: Making and Breaking George Catlin's Legacy."
Mr. Grinnell represents the spirit of the Paul Boswell Award, which is given to someone who supports community building, has an ethic of care for others, and works across differences while connecting people and resources.