Students, faculty members, and community partners were recognized and their work highlighted at the sixth annual Community Engaged Scholarship Forum on Tuesday, May 6. Students also presented their work via posters, videos and demonstrations during the hour-long forum.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year because of what is represented in these presentations,” said Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers.
In presenting the Civically Engaged Faculty Member award to Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, President Mark D. Gearan explained Campus Compact defines a civically engaged faculty member as one who has demonstrated “exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.”
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.
Davenport was nominated by Susan M. Pliner, associate dean for teaching, learning, and assessment and director of the Centennial Center for Leadership, Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Kingery and Associate Professor of Education Mary Kelly.
Pliner nominated Davenport in recognition of her “unwavering commitment to student learning where she embeds experiential learning in meaningful ways that engage students in deep reflection of their purpose, knowledge of the community in which they live and learn, and practical application of the scholarship they study.”
Davenport is the adviser of the Social Justice Studies minors and taught SJSP 101, which involved thoughtful learning around the Geneva Community Compact and the Geneva Community Lunch Program. Additionally, she redesigned Arts and Education as a service learning course to benefit children in after-school programs in Geneva, undergraduate and MAT students.
The Compass Award for Outstanding Engaged Student Scholarship was presented to Dan Budmen ’15 in recognition of his work with the Roots and Shoots program. Professor of Political Science Craig Rimmerman and Laura Kenny ’14 nominated Budmen, who is a double major in geoscience and public policy.
“Daniel’s work with the Roots and Shoots program has been extraordinary,” said Rimmerman. “Working with others (and providing tremendous leadership to others), Daniel has worked to improve children’s literacy, promote environmental stewardship, define what it means to be a community member and promote individuality among the children who participate in this important community project.”
The award is presented annually 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.
Budmen’s work with Roots and Shoots includes designing a tree nursery at the Geneva Community Center in an effort to further children’s environmental literacy while improving the local environment. On campus, he recently was the co-creator of the HWS Drink Local Campaign, an effort to eliminate plastic water bottle use and promote the use of reusable water bottles.
Gearan also presented Peter Budmen ’15 as a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow, named by Campus Compact, which honors student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
“On campus and in the Geneva community, Budmen has dedicated his time to volunteering with the Geneva Head Start program and working with local children,” said Gearan. A public policy major and biology minor, Budmen was one of just 197 students in 36 states and Washington D.C. to be named a fellow.
Given his two-year relationship with the organization, Peter Budmen was given the opportunity to present the award for Community Partner of the Year to Geneva Head Start. This award recognizes the inherent value of community collaborations and acknowledges with gratitude the time, energy and interest invested in the student service and learning experience.
“Geneva Head Start both prepares students for kindergarten as well as offers HWS students the opportunity to learn, grow and find a passion for education, teaching and students,” said Budmen, who also nominated the organization.
Selections for the awards were made by the Service Learning Advisory Council, and the Community Engaged Scholarship Forum was hosted by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Honorees received an individual certificate and their individual name or agency will be added to the Perpetual Plaques that hang in the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and the Provost’s Office.