June 03, 2011

Off-campus student honored for volunteer efforts

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A Southern Illinois University Carbondale student who is earning his degree at one of the University's U.S. Air Force base locations is the recipient of a prestigious award in his home state.

David Beasley, of Charleston, S.C., recently won the 2011 Governor’s Legacy Volunteer Award, presented by Gov. Nikki R. Haley. The presentation at the South Carolina State House recognized Beasley for his volunteerism efforts, particularly with the American Red Cross.

Beasley is a longtime Red Cross donor, giving 64 gallons of plasma along with platelets and more than 10 gallons of whole blood since 1996. In nominating Beasley for the award, the Red Cross noted that Beasley’s ongoing contributions have impacted 972 lives. His volunteerism efforts also include work with the Adopt-A-Beach Program, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Riverland Terrace Neighborhood Association.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards recognize exceptional volunteer service and nominations come from schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations and community groups. A panel of professional volunteer administrators chooses the winners.

Employed by Airgas National Welders in Charleston as a warehouse staff member and relief route driver, Beasley is also taking a full class load, attending SIUC weekend classes through the program located on the Charleston Air Force Base. He is completing his bachelor of science in Workforce Education and Development.