Plymouth, N.H. – A Plymouth State University student, an Education professor and a regional mentoring group were chosen by Plymouth State University to be honored by the Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) at its annual Presidents’ Awards presentation April 8 in Bedford. CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the civic purposes of higher education. PSU president Sara Jayne Steen said that such community engagement epitomizes Plymouth State University’s motto, “Ut Prosim,” (That I May Serve).
“I am so proud of these students, colleagues, and partners,” Steen said. “They epitomize what we mean when we say that at Plymouth State University there is a culture of service—to the community, region, and world.”
Kendra Makos was honored with the President’s Leadership Award, which recognizes students or student groups who have made outstanding contributions to civic engagement. Kendra’s PSU service includes the Pemi Youth Center, Habitat for Humanity, Blue Ocean Society and Voices Against Violence. Kendra’s enthusiasm for service and volunteerism went global in 2012 as she took on a leadership role with the International Service Trip in Jamaica, where she assisted with at-risk children, painted a local school house and taught lessons in a classroom. Kendra enjoyed her experience so much she is planning her second International Service Trip. She currently serves as the student leader for PSU’s Service-Learning Initiative Committee.
“I wouldn’t have wanted my college experience to have gone any other way,” said Makos. “If anything, I want to keep moving forward with my service. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities that I have been presented since attending Plymouth State University.”
Makos was also named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award winner, a recognition bestowed on college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. As such, she is considered to be among the next generation of the nation’s civic leaders.
Dr. Trish Lindberg, a PSU Education professor and artistic director of the Educational Theatre Collaborative, received The Good Steward Award, which recognizes faculty or staff members who contribute professional expertise in service to the wider community. Lindberg is the founder of the popular TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) program, an anti-bullying theater production aimed at grade school children. She has previously been honored with an Edie Excellence in Education Award, a Carnegie Foundation New Hampshire Professor of the Year Award, and most recently, was part of the team that received the 2013 Moss Hart Memorial Award for the Marking the Moment original musical celebrating Plymouth, N.H.’s 250th anniversary and a regional Emmy for her collaboration with NHPTV on the television premiere of TIGER Takes on Bullying.
“Plymouth State University is a place where dreams become reality,” Lindberg said. “I share this award with all those who believe in the possibilities of the arts and community. I am so grateful to Plymouth State University and the greater Plymouth community for their support.”
Lindberg is also an award winning playwright and composer, and has taught at Plymouth State since 1990.
The Circle Program received the President’s Community Partner Award, which is presented to a non-profit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university. Circle Program Executive Director Kathleen Kearns said she was thrilled the organization was recognized, and noted PSU is a valuable partner in achieving their goals of providing girls a supportive, positive environment, opportunities to develop new skills and to give back to their larger communities.
“Working with PSU faculty and students from the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities has been such a positive experience,” said Kearns. “As we encourage our girls, mentors, staff, and community volunteers to seek a healthy, balanced lifestyle, this connection has been priceless. PSU students have served as outstanding Circle Camp counselors and volunteer mentors – and have been exceptional role models for our Circle girls and teens.”
Plymouth State University’s Linda Corriveau, Community Services Program Advisor, said the award recipients illustrate a strong campus-community connection.
“Our students, community partners and faculty are engaging in meaningful work outside the classroom,” Corriveau said. “The award recipients are reflective of PSU’s commitment to excellence in the community.”
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.
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