UNC honors 10 individuals and groups for public service
From sustainable sanitation systems in Peru to community gardens here at home, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has honored staff, faculty, students and organizations for their public service projects. Ten individuals and organizations received awards Friday (April 1) at the Carolina Center for Public Services annual Public Service Awards Celebration and Showcase.
“These award recipients represent the best of public service and engaged scholarship at UNC,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “Their work is responsive to needs of those across North Carolina and far beyond and brings life to Carolina’s mission of teaching, research and service.”
Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award, given in memory of that professor of exercise and sport science at UNC and Chapel Hill Rotary Club member, recognizes a public service project that exemplifies the motto of Rotary International, "Service above Self." This year’s Hyatt award went to Engineers without Borders for its Sustainable Sanitation in Cuidad de Dios project, which aims to establish a community-run, ecological sanitation system to reduce the incidence of diarrheal disease and disparity between urban and rural sanitation in Peru.
Ned Brooks Award for Public Service
The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service, named for that faculty member and administrator at Carolina since 1972, recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and promoted the involvement and guidance of others. This year’s Brooks Award went to Alice Ammerman, professor in the department of nutrition and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, for her engagement of young academics, undergraduates, graduate students and experts to create strategic partnerships to approach problems and ensure improved health for all North Carolinians.
Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards
The center also presented two Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards honoring campus units for service to North Carolina. One went to the School of Government’s Community-Campus Partnership, a multidisciplinary approach that builds relationships and connections between campus and community partners to respond to their needs. The other award went to the Honors Program for the Moral Challenge of Poverty and the Ethics of Service. This joint UNC-Duke University initiative allows faculty, students and others to collaborate to address poverty in North Carolina.
Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards
The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award – recognizing individual students and faculty for exemplary public service efforts – was awarded to:
- Lisa Pelehach of Greensboro, a junior psychology and sociology major, for her efforts in creating the SMART Mentoring program, which in partnership with the nonprofit Volunteers for Youth has connected 15 UNC undergraduates as mentors to 15 children in low-income neighborhoods in Chapel Hill;
- Tucker LaPrade, an English graduate student instructor, whose audio tours produced for Eno River State Park educate and inform park visitors;
- Claire Lorch, community outreach coordinator at the N.C. Botanical Gardens, for her dedication to the Carolina Campus Community Garden, which provides free, fresh produce to University employees most affected by the current economic downturn and struggling to feed their families;
- Laura Linnan, associate professor in health behavior and health education, whose contributions to workplace intervention research has translated into health and social benefits for the citizens of North Carolina;
- Jason Jolley, senior research director at the Kenan Institute, for his efforts in creating Chatham County’s economic development strategic plan, drafting the county’s economic development incentive policy and creating a marketing plan for Siler City; and
- Lynne Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor in the School of Education, for her Targeted Reading Intervention project to help rural teachers work individually with students to improve reading skills.
Other awards also presented at the ceremony include:
Davis Projects for Peace
The Davis Projects for Peace award, funded by philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis, provides more than $1 million in funding during the summer of 2011 for projects developed by University students from over 90 campuses. Yu Zhou ’13, a sophomore in the Gillings School of Global Public Health receives a $10,000 award for Young Scholars International, a project that helps UNC students studying abroad enrich their international experience by implementing self-designed seminars in Chinese high schools in Beijing.
UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellowships
UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service fellowships support outstanding students in developing and carrying out national and international social entrepreneurship projects. UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellowships were awarded to:
- Maura Allaire, a doctoral student in environmental science and engineering, for Sustainable Sanitation in Cuidad de Dios which aims to reduce the incidence of diarrheal disease and disparity between urban and rural sanitation in Peru;
- Chelsea Banister, junior international studies major, who will build upon the work she did in Kenya last summer with New Life Homes through the Carolina for Amani summer internship program. She will work to increase financial support for New Life Homes by reaching out to former adoptive parents; and
- Liz Rogawski, a graduate student in epidemiology, for Innovations for Active Case Detection of Asymptomatic Malaria in Thailand, which will improve the detection of asymptomatic cases of malaria in Phuket, Thailand by implementing a surveillance program that uses pooled, real-time polymerase chain reaction as a highly sensitive diagnostic tool.
APPLES Social Entrepreneur Fellowships
APPLES Social Entrepreneur fellowships are one-year fellowships designed for aspiring social entrepreneurs who are interested in impacting community issues through the development and implementation of innovative projects. APPLES Social Entrepreneur Fellowships were awarded to:
- Chloe Adcock, a sophomore economics major; Lauren Livingston, a junior history and communications major; and Fred Montgomery, a sophomore journalism and mass communication and political science major, for Social Media Stories, which teaches organizations essential skills to better tell their story through digital storytelling and social media;
- Katie Brown, a sophomore journalism and mass communication and romance languages major, for Carolina for Amani, to create an innovative and sustainable fundraising plan for the Amani Children’s Foundation;
- Allison Howard, a senior economics and global history major; and Maggie Peng, a junior health policy and management major, for Musical Empowerment, an instrument-lending program with schools in an effort to increase the number of local youth involved in the arts;
- Laura Kirchhofer, a junior international studies major; Kelsey Knight, a sophomore nursing major; and Brendan Yorke, a sophomore intercultural education and psychology major, for Expressions Café, a self-sustaining coffee shop which will also provide opportunities for student expression through the arts; and
- Jen Serdetchnaia, a junior public health and Asian studies major, for Empower U: Social Innovation for Women, a double bottom line venture capital organization that trains students as international development consultants and then sends them to Uganda to promote sustainable funding for women’s education through microfinance.
Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowships
Robert E. Bryan Public Service fellowships are awarded to students to pursue extraordinary public service projects in North Carolina in collaboration with a community partner and with the support of a faculty mentor. They are presented in honor of Robert E. Bryan, a class of 1926 alumnus. Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowships were awarded to:
- Leah Gordon, a graduate student in health behavior and health education, will utilize her Bryan Fellowship to explore the Latina migrants’ experiences of living in North Carolina and the occupational hazards of working in the crab industry; and
- Meghan Lyons, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major has been awarded a Bryan Fellowship to implement Sun Safety Campaign, a partnership between the UNC Field Hockey team and the IFC Homeless Shelter, raising awareness for both children at the UNC Field Hockey camps and at the shelter to remember the importance of sunscreen.
- Anna Child, a graduate student in health behavior and health education, will utilize her Bryan Fellowship to build Core Sound Seafood, a community supported fishery (CSF) business that she helped launch in 2010, in a way that better supports the Downeast fishermen.
Also seePublic Service Awards recognize community members (April 5, 2011, Daily Tar Heel)
- The Carolina Center for Public Service strengthens the University's public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.