Nominations recognize outstanding civic engagement
Nominees for the 2013 Stone Soup Civic Engagement Awards recognizing outstanding community-university engagement have been announced by the Center for Community Engagement.
The winners will be named at the annual Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Gorecki Alumni Center.
This year’s nominees for Community Partner are the Grand Forks Public Health Department, Jason Schaefer with Red River Valley Community Action, and Grand Forks County Social Services.
Outstanding Public Scholar nominees are UND faculty members Melanie Sage (Social Work), Nikki Berg Burin (History and Women and Gender Studies), Sebastian Braun (American Indian Studies), and Tom Stokke (Computer Science).
Nominees for the Faculty Service-Learning Award are Michael Niedzielski (Geography), Alejandro Drago (Music), and LaRoyce Batchelor (Entrepreneurship).
Engaged Department nominees are the Departments of Geography, Earth System Science and Policy, and Computer Science.
Students Mikel Smith (Geography), Michelle Rydz (Public Administration), and Brian Boppre (Law School) have been nominated for the Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award.
Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement nominees are George Jirout (Social Work), Kenna Olsen, (Kinesiology and Public Health Education), Hannah Bahnmiller (Anthropology and Geography), and Sarah Lawler (Honors and Teaching and Learning).
The Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award will be presented at the program as well, to Calvin Grinnell, historian of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation. The Boswell Award, named after the late director of the UND Native Center, is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, the Multicultural Student Services Program, and the Department of American Indian Studies.
The luncheon will feature stone soup served by Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and UND First Lady Marcia Kelley, music by the UND String Quartet, and guest speaker Calvin Grinnell.
This annual luncheon takes its name from the stone soup legend, where hungry travelers start soup from a stone and feed a village when everyone contributes to it. The Center for Community Engagement uses this legend as a metaphor for community engagement.
There is a $15 charge for the luncheon, $10 for students. Registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 7. For more information or to register, visit www.communityengagement.und.edu or call 777.0675.
-- Jason Miller, 777.5601, firstname.lastname@example.org.