2022 Maine Campus Compact Awards honors UMaine department, community partner and students
The University of Maine Department of Art; the Old Town Hannaford; two UMaine students, Gabriella Peluso and Elaine Thomas; Lori Schnieders, associate professor of psychology at the University of Maine at Machias and were honored at this year’s 2022 Maine Campus Compact Awards Ceremony.
Maine Campus Compact is a coalition of 17 member campuses throughout the state whose purpose is to catalyze and lead a movement to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education. Each year, the Maine Campus Compact honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Maine campuses and communities through civic engagement, activism, service and community involvement.
The UMaine Department of Art received a President’s Campus Leadership Award. The award recognizes a student organization or campus department at each Maine Campus Compact member institution for its contributions to community service-learning and civic engagement efforts on their campus. The organization cited a project by art education students of associate professor Constant Albertson to make signage, lesson plans, illustrations and a video unit of interdisciplinary, intercultural art lessons focused on Native American principles of sustainability for the Bangor Land Trust’s Edible Landscape project, which also partners with the Penobscot Nation.
The Old Town Hannaford received a Corporate Partner of the Year Award, which recognizes an outstanding corporate partner and its staff for their contributions and commitment to strengthening campuses and communities in Maine. The Old Town Hannaford has long been an important UMaine partner. Store manager Jon Ivey has offered students numerous opportunities for collaboration and the store supports the Black Bear Exchange, the campus food pantry.
Peluso and Thomas received PILLARS (Philanthropy, Innovative, Learning, Leadership, Action, Responsibility and Service) Honorable Mention Student Awards, which recognize students who are actively engaged on their campus and in their communities.
Video of the 2022 ceremony is online.
Peluso, a marine science major with a concentration in marine biology and minor in chemistry in the Honors College, and Thomas, a piano performance and business management double major in the Honors College, received PILLARS (Philanthropy, Innovative, Learning, Leadership, Action, Responsibility and Service) Honorable Mention Student Awards, which recognize students who are actively engaged on their campus and in their communities.
Schnieders was awarded the Faculty Impact Service Award, which recognizes a Maine faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to student success and well-being, as well as to fostering student engagement on campus and in the community. Schnieders is known for integrating experiential learning opportunities for her students from their first year to their Senior Projects. Schnieders initiated the Senior Project Showcase and Community Partner Appreciation events in 2016. In 2017, she began serving as an advisor with the University of Maine Machias Food Club; since then, a campus food pantry has been opened, and Schnieders and the Food Club have also traveled to conferences focused on addressing food insecurity on campus.