Celebration of Service | Kent State University

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You are invited!

Friday, April 20th 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Reception, 5:30 p.m. Dinner and Award Ceremony
Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 Depeyster Street, Kent OH 44240
 

Please join Community Engaged Learning at our annual Celebration of Service and Engagement event. The evening will provide an opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate outstanding service, engagement, and social justice initiatives by members of the Kent State University community, as well as express gratitude to community partners for the critical role they play in providing opportunities to engage students.

Don't forget to nominate a student, faculty, or staff exemplar of service and community engagement for one of the awards below.

Please RSVP by April 16th by clicking here

For more information email: community@kent.edu

 

Award/Recognition Descriptions

Outstanding New Service Initiative (Individual and Group)

Purpose: This award recognizes new and innovative service related projects or initiatives that were developed by Kent State students or faculty/staff members. Projects should have demonstrated student engagement and social issue awareness, and have met an expressed need in the community. Examples of applicable types of projects include community-based research/capstone projects, projects developed as part of a service-learning course or community-based internship, independently developed projects that meet a community need, etc).

Awards will be given in two categories:

  • Individuals - project was developed by as Kent State student, faculty, and/or staff member
  • Group - project was developed by a student group, organization, class, department, etc.

Eligibility:

Projects must have been developed from May 2017 to the present

Selection Criteria:

Projects nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in all or most of the following areas:

  • Exhibited depth of understanding of the community needs or social issues addressed by the project;
  • Made a distinct impact on the community/community issue/population being served;
  • Demonstrated growth over time and sustainable opportunities for others in the community to get involved.

Selection will be based primarily on the responses submitted by the nominator.
To nominate a project for this award, please submit this form by March 16 
at 5 p.m.
Nominees will be notified of selection by March 23.

Nominate A New Service Initiative

Outstanding Established Service Initiative (Individual or Group)

Purpose: This award recognizes innovative projects developed by students or faculty/staff that have significantly impacted the community. Outstanding projects have demonstrated growth over time and have created opportunities for other members of the KSU community to become involved in the project (i.e. has created volunteer opportunities for KSU students, etc). Examples of applicable types of projects include community-based research/capstone projects, projects developed as part of a service-learning course or community-based internship, independently developed projects that meet a community need, etc.

Awards will be given in two categories:

  • Individuals - project was developed by as Kent State student, faculty, and/or staff member
  • Group - project was developed by a student group, organization, class, department, etc.

Eligibility:

Projects must have been developed prior to May 2017

Selection Criteria:

Projects nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in all or most of the following areas:

  • Exhibited depth of understanding of the community needs or social issues addressed by the project;
  • Made a distinct impact on the community/community issue/population being served;
  • Demonstrated growth over time and sustainable opportunities for others in the community to get involved.

Selection will be based primarily on the responses submitted by the nominator.
To nominate a project for this award, please submit this form by March 16 
at 5 p.m.
Nominees will be notified of selection by March 23.

Nominate An Established Service Initiative

Faculty Service-Learning Award

Purpose: This award recognizes faculty members who committed their time and talents to creating high-impact service-learning experiences, such as experiential learning and service-oriented courses, community-based research opportunities, and other similar academic offerings.

Definitions:

Service-Learning – a class-based, credit-bearing educational experience which integrates academic material, relevant community-based engagement and/or service activities, and critical reflection based on a reciprocal partnership that engages students, faculty/staff, and community members in achievement, of academic and disciplinary learning objectives and civic outcomes to advance public purposes.

Community-Based Research – A collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes unique strengths that each brings.  Community-based research begins with a research topic of importance to the community and has the aim of combining knowledge with action, and achieving social change.

Eligibility:

Kent State faculty, either adjunct or full-time, in any academic discipline who taught a community-based service-learning or research course in Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018 are eligible.

Selection Criteria:

Faculty members nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in community-based learning methods and demonstrated best practices in:

  • Enhancing student academic and civic learning through community engagement;
  • Developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial community partnerships; and
  • Supporting students critical reflective activities that are supported by learning theory (i.e. Kolb’s Learning Model, Gibbs Reflective Cycle, etc.)

Selection will be based primarily on the responses submitted by the nominator.
To nominate a project for this award, please submit this form by March 16 
at 5 p.m.
Nominees will be notified of selection by March 23.

Nominate A Faculty Member

Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Purpose: This award recognizes both undergraduate and graduate students whose involvement in service has demonstrated a significant impact on the community. Nominees have demonstrated involvement in more than one area of engagement and/or service (i.e. service-learning coursework, credit-bearing community-based internship(s), community-based research/capstone project(s), participation in international or domestic service immersion experiences, service-oriented student organizations, etc.).

Awards will be given in two categories:

  • Undergraduate Student- must be enrolled in a degree-granting bachelor’s degree program (i.e. BA, BS, BBA, BFA, etc.)
  • Graduate Student- must be enrolled in a degree-granting post-baccalaureate program (i.e. Master’s, Ph.D., etc.)

Eligibility:

Open to undergraduate and graduate students who participated in community-based experiences from Summer 2017 - Spring 2018.

Selection Criteria:

Students nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in all or most of the following areas:

  • Exhibits depth of understanding of the community needs or social issues addressed by their involvement in service;
  • Demonstrates civic and personal growth as a result of their community-based experiences;
  • Consistently strives to have a positive impact on the community/population associated with their involvements;
  • Embodies the values of active citizenship.  Active Citizenship definition: “Active citizens are individuals who prioritize the community in their values and life choices. They don’t have to take action on every social issue, but rather, see the world through that lens. They take action on issues that matter to them and their communities.”
  • Exhibits a commitment to service and servant leadership principles. Servant Leadership definition: "Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enrich the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world."

Selection will be based primarily on the responses submitted by the nominator.
To nominate a project for this award, please submit this form by March 16 
at 5 p.m.
Nominees will be notified of selection by March 23.

Nominate A Student Volunteer