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Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards Winners

Presidents' Award Winners


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 Awards: 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.


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 Awards: 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.


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 Awards: 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.


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 Awards: 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: 2/25/20 9:40 AM