Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, has recently been nominated to receive the ATHENA Young Professional Award.
The ATHENA award was established by ATHENA International as a means of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders and inspiring women to achieve their full potential. Nominees must be 40 years of age or younger and have demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession. In addition, nominees must be a clear role model for young women and provide valuable services aimed at improving the quality of life of others in her community.
While serving through AmeriCorps VISTA at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Flowers discovered her passion for community engagement at the collegiate level. She now leads students and community partners in creating sustained, engaged relationships that promote positive community change and enhanced learning.
Beyond the HWS campus and Geneva community, Flowers is often asked by colleagues from around the state for input regarding community engagement with specific regard to K-12 outreach for higher education and the impact that service-learning has on college students. As an advisory board member for New York Campus Compact, the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Flowers plays an important role in influencing policies and practices that impact college students around the state and nation.
“Katie is always enthusiastic and supportive every time a student comes to her with a new idea. She knows exactly how to give you that extra push to ensure that your ideas become a reality,” says Anna Dorman ’14.
Aly McKnight ’13 has worked in CCESL and with Flowers since her first year at William Smith. She says, “Katie has a level of emotional intelligence that is rare in any young professional. She can sense when the students that work with her are being personally impacted by a particular issue, and she will call you into her office to see what she can do. She takes on the well-being of the students and colleagues that she works with as a personal responsibility, understanding that the first step to building successful community organizations is building understanding and honest team spaces for innovation.”
Nominees will be recognized at a special dinner on Thursday Sept. 12, at Ventosa Vineyards, 3440 Rt. 96 A Geneva. For more information, or for assistance, call Ania Stilwell at the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-789-1776.
In the photo above Katie Flowers (left) learns of her nomination from Sage Gerling.