Three Maine Faculty Members Receive Maine Campus Compact’s
Donald Harward Award for Service-Learning Excellence
Contact: Craig DeForest, (207) 786-8346, firstname.lastname@example.org May 1, 2012
LEWISTON – On April 20th at Bates College in Lewiston, three Maine faculty members were honored for making public service an integral part of their teaching. The Donald Harward Award for Faculty Service-Learning Excellence recognizes faculty who integrate community or public service into the curriculum and who work to institutionalize service-learning. The award is named for Donald W. Harward, valued founder of Maine Campus Compact and former board member of national and Maine Campus Compacts. Award winners have shown clear evidence of reflection, community benefit, reciprocity with community partners and a commitment to advocating for service-learning and/or community action on campus and beyond.
Faculty members receiving the award include, Susan Baker, University of Maine at Augusta; Kathleen Dunckel, Unity College; and Melissa Ladenheim, University of Maine.
Established in 1994 and hosted at Bates College, MCC is a statewide coalition of 18 college and university presidents working to build strong communities and a more just democratic society by developing students’ citizenship and problem solving skills through community-based learning. MCC is an affiliate state office of Campus Compact, which encompasses more than 1,100 college and university presidents – representing some 6 million students-dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. More than 15,000 student volunteers at MCC member campuses provide some 1.6 million hours of service annually, with an economic impact of more than $25 million a year.
Campus Compact President’s Campus Leadership Award
Each year Maine Campus Compact recognizes a student organization or campus department at each member institution for contributions to community service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement efforts on their campuses.
The groups must demonstrate an innovative approach to enhancing campus-based efforts to address community issues, efforts to sustain their work on campus, and a deep, widespread impact on the campus and the community.
This year at the recommendation of President Ferguson, Maine Campus Compact is presenting a President’s Campus Leadership Award to UMaine Circle K.
The UMaine Circle K group has been actively involved in service on campus for many years. They have an active membership and strong leadership. The local, national and international service missions for Circle K focus on the needs of children so in 2010 the members decided to host a St. Balderick’s event on Maine Day 2011 to raise money to support pediatric cancer research. The plan for a St. Balderick’s event is to get people to pledge to shave their heads in return for cash donations. The Circle K membership did an outstanding job of publicizing the event through posters, tabling, e-mails, word of mouth, and Campus radio and newspaper. As with many events on campus, they didn’t truly know how many people were planning to participate until the day of the event, but they were pretty comfortable they would have at least 20 people and would meet their goal of $2,000. On Maine Day more than 100 people came to turn in their donations and shave their heads. Students and staff participated side-by-side. At the event, participants shared their stories of how cancer had impacted the lives of the children and families that they know. Circle K truly engaged the entire campus around this event and released a passion they had not expected. The final total for the event was $14,363. The two top participants raised over $2,000 each, and the top group raised over $4,500. The efforts of the Circle K students brought this campus together in support of a very important mission, and Circle K has committed to making this an annual event.