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Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards Winners

Presidents' Award Winners

2021

Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Isabella Erickson

Isabella (Bella) Erickson is a senior at SMSU served as one of the Campus Election Engagement Project Student Fellows in 2020. She worked quickly and innovatively to help implement the six required events before November 3, 2020. Bella was integral to the voter engagement at SMSU during the 2020 election.

Presidents' Community Partner Award: Cultures on the Prairie Committee

The Cultures on the Prairie Committee was selected for this award for putting together the ‘Cultures on the Prairie Conference,’ which focuses on the experience of stories, history, and cultures of Southwest Minnesota. Holding interacting listening panels to discuss the views from employers, workforce personnel, students and adults help participants to gain insight when hiring and serving all people of Southwest Minnesota.

Presidents' Civic Engagement Leadership Award: Michele Knife Sterner

Michele Knife Sterner is an integral voice representing SMSU on the Cultures on the Prairie Committee. Her work with the City of Marshall, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council and Southwest Initiative Foundation has advanced SMSU’s civic mission by helping to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

 

2020

Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Mae Wrase

Mae created and serves as President of the Exercise is Medicine (a worldwide American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health initiative) Club on her campus. Mae serves on the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for the regional Northland Chapter of ACSM (NACSM), and as NACSM's sole student representative for ACSM (national).

Presidents' Community Partnership Award: United Community Action Partnership- The Kitchen Table

Margaret and Lori from United Community Action Partnership's The Kitchen Table have been instrumental campus partners with the implementation of Mustang Market at SMSU. There have been many involved with the organization of this resource, but their support, input, and guidance has been invaluable.

Presidents' Civic Engagement Leadership Award: Crystal Watts

Crystal's ability to form relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships with the community is a gift, which has been a primary strength of SMSU’s new resource, Mustang Market. Her work as an AmeriCorps Health VISTA has advanced the civic mission of SMSU in a short period of time.

 

2019

Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Aaron Bible

Aaron consistently displays a passion for bringing the students of SMSU together and exemplifies what it means to be inclusive and welcoming on campus. Aaron knows how to get even the most hesitant of students engaged in community and team-building activities.

Presidents' Community Partnership Award: Southwest Adult Basic Education - See Moua-Leske and Pat Thomas

Dr. Deaver works tirelessly to create a culture and practice of engagement among her students and colleagues by forming strong partnerships through the Redwood River Water Monitoring project, Redwood River Clean-up with ADM, SMSU Undergraduate Research Conference, Minnesota State Undergraduate Scholars Conference, and MinnState Poster Session at the State Capitol. 

Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award: Dr. Emily Deaver

SW ABE is a welcoming and affirming support network that has collaborated to develop educational enrichment opportunities for the community, emerging immigrant adult learners, and SMSU students. They allow SMSU students opportunities for internships and tutoring in an effort to increase knowledge on the services provided to their clients.

2018

Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Steven Yang

Steven has built a thriving campus community through his many roles at SMSU from Student Body Vice President to Resident Assistant. He has the traits of an excellent leader and strives to increase student involvement and representation on campus.

Presidents' Community Partnership Award: Bridges International

Bridges International at SMSU creates civic, spiritual, and personal connections with our international students. In this program, international students are offered a bridge to American culture and the Marshall community through home stays, community service projects, and cultural exchange.

Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award: Marianne Zarzana

As a faculty member and director of creative writing, Marianne is particularly effective in efforts to enhance SMSU’s reputation as a locally, regionally, and globally engaged institution. Her many pursuits include the Creating Spaces Writing Contest, Marshall Literary Festival, and organizing the Mallard Island program week and subsequent presentations.

2017

Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Muna Mohamed

Muna saw values in educating faculty, students, and staff members about Islam. The goal of the Muslim Student Association is to unify the campus through love and reducing stereotypes and reducing fear. Muna took the role to restore the Muslim Student Association.

Presidents' Community Partnership Award: Literacy Volunteers of Southwest Minnesota

Since 2011, SMSU community members have collaborated with LiteracySWMN, as tutors and mentors for adults and families. Through “Families Leading, Families Learning,” Literacy SWMN, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and community partners engage with families to access education, support preK-12 student access, and construct inclusive communities in Southwest Minnesota.

Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award: Dr. Christine Olson

Psychology professor, Christine Olson, has led SMSU campus efforts to create an infrastructure of support and community engagement. Dr. Olson help developed the Center for Civic Engagement, serving as Faculty Co-Coordinator for Civic Engagement, and leading the Civic Engagement Work Group in creating a civic action plan anchored in Campus Compact’s civic commitments.

2016

Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Enactus

The SMSU chapter of Enactus developed projects that changed the paths of individuals with felonies and improved their employment security. ENACTUS has also improved the workforce sustainability of the Marshall by blending these individuals back into the community.

Presidents' Community Partnership Award: Redwood River Mentoring and Monitoring

For ten years, SMSU students have mentored and taught 7th and 10th grade students how to measure water quality in three Redwood River locations. Thousands of Marshall Public School students have gained hands on experience and importance of healthy water resources.

Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award: Martin Luther King Week of Service and Civic Engagement

SMSU’s Access, Opportunity, and Success/Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Civic Engagement, and eight Marshall civic organizations celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in a week full of music, movies, SNCC activist panel discussion, MLK Day breakfast and much more!

 

Last Modified: 6/8/21 3:12 PM