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View Annual Celebration of Service Award Winners here

Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:00 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.

For more information email: experiential [at] kent.edu

Outstanding New Service Initiative

Purpose: This award recognizes new and innovative community engagement projects or initiatives developed by Kent State faculty, staff, and/or students. Projects should demonstrate  engagement and social issue awareness, and meet 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.    

Eligibility:

Projects must have been developed from May 2018 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.
Faculty Service-Learning Award

Purpose: This award recognizes faculty members who are exemplars at creating high-impact community engagement experiences, such as experiential learning and service-oriented courses, community-based research opportunities, and other similar academic offerings.

Eligibility:

Kent State faculty, either adjunct or full-time, in any academic discipline who have taught two or more community-based service-learning or research courses in the last 3 academic years. 

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.)
Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Purpose: This award recognizes both undergraduate and graduate students whose involvement in service has had 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 2018 - Spring 2019.

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."
Outstanding Curricular Service-Learning Award

Purpose: This award recognizes innovative curricular projects developed by faculty/staff and students that have benefited the community through high-impact community engagement 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:

Projects developed as part of a course or independent study/research project during Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.

Selection Criteria:

Projects nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in:

  • Understanding of the needs or social issues addressed by the project
  • Made a distinct impact on the community/issue/population being served
  • Offers sustainable solutions for ongoing impact
Outstanding Co-Curricular Service Initiative

Purpose: This award recognizes innovative co-curricular projects developed by students (individuals or groups) that have significantly impacted the community. Outstanding projects have created opportunities for members of the KSU community to become involved in the project. 

Eligibility:
Projects independently developed outside of a course.

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 become involved.