Students honored for volunteer efforts
May 31, 2012
By Christi Mathis
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Service to others and improving the world around us are highly valued efforts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the recent 2012 Outstanding Volunteerism Awards recognized students for their work in these areas.
The Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism and the Sustainability Council hosted the annual awards ceremony at the Student Center. Chancellor Rita Cheng and Jonathan M. Gray, chair of the University’s Sustainability Council, presented Environmental Ambassador awards to students who volunteered their time and energy during the 2011-2012 year to enhance the region through environmental projects.
Since the program began during the 2001-2002 academic year, there have been a total of more than 150 such awards given, recognizing students for contributing thousands of volunteer hours to improve the environment. Students must participate in at least 30 hours of environmental service work during the year to receive the award.
Peter Gitau, associate vice chancellor and dean of students, and Mythili Rundblad, co-director of the Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism, also joined Cheng in presenting two additional service awards to students. The Presidential Volunteer Service Award from Points of Light recognizes volunteerism and community service demonstrated by the accumulation of service hours throughout the year.
The Delyte Morris Award recognizes students or student organizations that demonstrate excellence and commitment to community service. The award honors the legacy and commitment of its namesake, the late University President Delyte Morris.
Winners of the Environmental Ambassadors awards, listed by hometown with major, are:
• Alicia Luebbers, zoology
• Morgan Schulte, forest hydrology
• Ellen Esling, geography and environmental resources
• Lacey Gibson, physiology
• Timothy Harper, forestry
• Brooke Patton, geology
• Rebecca Filippini, zoology
• Tamika Gibson, geology
• Rachel Hatfield, forestry
• Mitchell Vaughan, forestry
• Martin Wilson, forestry
• Jeffery Heim, plant biology
Ryan Dillon, university studies.
• Lauren Adams, computer engineering
• Sarah Baxter, geography and environmental resources
• Alison Crim, geography and environmental resources
• Lucas Garcia, physiology
• Amanda Knight, forestry
• Leah Shirley, accounting
• Kristen Taylor, geography and environmental resources
• Cheyenne Adams, zoology
• Mary Petrizzo, social work
• Christian Hidrobo, geography and environmental resources
• Christy Iozzo, forestry
• Mark Hermann, forestry
• Kerry McLeran, geography and environmental resources
• Gina Opper, forestry
• James Buron, paralegal studies/environmental resource management
• Alicea Settlemoir, zoology
• Kaia Pirazzini, outdoor recreation education
Those earning the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, listed by hometown with major, are:
• Maria Irizarry, therapeutic recreation
• Lucas Garcia, forestry
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• Daniel Wilczak, bio-medicine
• Nicolette Winn, psychology
The winners of the Delyte Morris Award, by hometown with major, are:
• Emily Lind, art education
• Phi Le, psychology