At this year’s first-ever Engaged Scholarship Forum, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) kicked off the event by honoring several students as well as one campus program. This year’s awards included The Community Partner of the Year Award, The Compass Award and The HWS Civically Engaged Faculty Award.
At the ceremony, President Mark D. Gearan presented The Community Partner of the Year Award, an annual award given to the person/agency who has consistently contributed to the civic development and leadership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges students. This award recognizes the inherent value of community collaborations and acknowledges with gratitude the time, energy and interest invested in the student service experience. Faculty, staff and students are able to submit nominations. This year’s Community Partner of the Year Award was given to the ARC College Experience.
The ARC program provides college-based experiences and vocational supports for young adults with developmental disabilities. Individuals participating in the College Experience are between the ages 18 and 26. They are actively involved in campus life at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua or Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. Students utilize all aspects of the College Experience, from athletic facilities to cafeterias to auditing college classes.
During this year’s forum, the Compass Award for Outstanding Engaged Student Scholarship was given as the first annual award given to a Hobart College or William Smith College student who has excelled in either a community-based research project or a service-learning course. The student work is academically rigorous and has a meaningful community impact. Katherine “Casey” Marshall ’09 was selected for the inaugural award.
As a top psychology major, Marshall’s nominators noted that she is passionately committed to assisting children who are at-risk and has served in leadership roles including Jumpstart Geneva Team Leader and Neighbor’s Night volunteer. It was through her work with the Geneva Reads partnership that she was selected as the inaugural winner for the Compass Award for Outstanding Student Scholarship.
The third inaugural award given at this year’s forum was the HWS Civically Engaged Faculty Award, which is given to a civically engaged faculty member as one who has demonstrated exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning or conducting community-based research as a means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.
The 2009 recipients of this award were Assistant Professor of Psychology Julie Kingery and Assistant Professor of Education Mary Kelly. Kingery has been a model of engaged scholarship through her developmental psychology course which has a significant service-learning component. As a board member for Geneva Head Start, she has been able to connect her community interests to student scholarship opportunities.
Kelly offers courses that are exemplars of engaged learning, as she integrates service-learning in highly effective ways, attentive to developing awareness and expertise in the HWS students, and fostering relationships between college and high school students.