PSU’s Christine Schultz, Terri Dautcher, and Plymouth Whole Village Family Resource Center Named Campus Compact for New Hampshire 2011 Presidents’ Award Winners

April 27th, 2011 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
A Plymouth State University student, a College of Business Administration faculty member, and a Plymouth-based social service organization were chosen by Plymouth State University to be honored by the Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) at its annual Presidents’ Awards presentation April 12 in Nashua. CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the civic purposes of higher education.

PSU Student Christine Schultz, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, PSU Faculty member Terri Dautcher and Plymouth Whole Village Family Resource Center Regional Director Joyce Palmer
Plymouth State University and community partners were recognized for Community Service by Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) at its annual Presidents’ Awards presentation. CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the civic purposes of higher education. Left to right, PSU Student Christine Schultz, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, PSU Faculty member Terri Dautcher and Plymouth Whole Village Family Resource Center Regional Director Joyce Palmer.

Christine Schultz was honored with the President’s Leadership Award, which recognizes students or student groups who have made outstanding contributions to civic engagement. Schultz assists in coordinating service opportunities for PSU students through the community service center on campus, helping organizations like The Bridge House, the Pemi Youth Center, Voices Against Violence, the Squam Lakes Science Center and D-Acres, and is also the coordinator for the Angel Tree project, which benefits needy children in the community.

“I do it because I truly enjoy helping others, and for me the most rewarding part is knowing that no matter how small a project it is that it is going to help someone in a big way,” said Schultz.

“These awards celebrate the dedication of college students who serve in their communities and
of the administrators, faculty, and staff members who support their work,” notes Lucille Jordan,
President of Nashua Community College and a member of CCNH’s Executive Committee.

Terri Dautcher received The Good Steward Award, which recognizes faculty or staff members who contribute professional expertise in service to the wider community. Dautcher serves as a ‘pro-bono’ marketing consultant for local non-profits, participates in strategic and event planning, does design work and also hosts charitable events.

“It’s great to get an award that raises the visibility of service,” Dautcher said. “I’m lucky to work in a job that allows me, and encourages me, to give back to the community.”

Additionally, the Plymouth Whole Village Family Resource Center received the President’s Community Partner Award. Whole Village Regional Director Joyce Palmer said she was thrilled the organization was recognized, and noted PSU volunteers help support their efforts.

“PSU’s commitment to student service and learning through community experience enhances Whole Village’s programming capacity in many ways,” said Palmer. “We have Social work majors who provide support for our Parent Education and Socialization events, Early Childhood Education students are involved in childcare and work study students at our front desk. We are looking forward to even greater connections in the future as we engage in a community impact planning process which will definitely involve some PSU faculty and advisors.”

CCNH’s programs and resources include training, advocacy, funding, legislative outreach and recognition for community-based work that both enhances student learning and provides needed public services. Annually, more than 23,000 student volunteers from CCNH’s member campuses serve some 6 million hours in local communities through initiatives run or supported by their institutions, providing millions of dollars in services.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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