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Civic Engagement Awards

Each Year, the Center for Service and Learning recognizes recipients in various categories including Student, Student Organization, Faculty/Staff, and Community Partner for Excellence in Civic Engagement Awards.

All recipients are recognized at the annual Engagement Celebration.

2016 Excellence in Civic Engagement Award Recipients

Outstanding Student Service - Andrew Sutherland

As the WVU Student Government Association’s first Director of Community Service, Andrew has set a standard for this executive appointment that will continue to build capacity for the community, and provide a really great mechanism for the SGA and Center for Service and Learning to promote and support student-led engagement. Andrew was involved with nearly every service initiative in the 2015-16 year, providing leadership for many. He also is a member of WVU’s co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega and has recently been accepted into the Master of Communication Studies program at WVU. The CS&L is proud to present Andrew with the 2016 award for Student Excellence.

Outstanding Faculty Member - Dr. Marlon Knights

Dr. Knights is an Associate Professor in Reproductive Physiology with the Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences at WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. His dedication to innovative teaching and learning strategies has resulted in a substantial contribution to the community as students in his Animal Veterinary Science 251 course have completed nearly 5,200 hours of service since 2012. Although including civic engagement in STEM courses can often be seen as a challenge and sometimes risky for faculty, Dr. Knights has emphasized that it’s an effective way to learn for any discipline, and that STEM fields are no exception. His focus has included not only the support his students’ service hours provide for local organizations, but also the significance of their experience as it relates to their ability to contribute to the state’s overall economic development needs. The CS&L is honored to present the 2016 award for Faculty/Staff Excellence to Dr. Knights.

Outstanding Community Partner - Christian Help

After partnering with WVU to engage students for over 10 years, Christian Help is still opens their doors to hundreds of students who are there to volunteer, work on service-learning projects, and engage with their organization members. The staff, board, and volunteers at Christian Help work tirelessly to deliver non-denominational, accessible, and impactful services to those who have the most need in our community,local individuals, children and families. It’s no wonder Christian help was voted “Best Morgantown Charity/Non-Profit” by Morgantown Magazine for 2015 as the organization provides critical services with the upmost respect and dignity for their clients. The CS&L is honored to present them with the 2016 award for Community Partner Excellence.

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