10 KCC students to receive awards for community service

KCC students participate in a Bruins Give Back event at the Food Bank in December.

KCC students participate in a Bruins Give Back event at the Food Bank in December.

Ten Kellogg Community College students will be honored this month with Michigan Campus Compact awards recognizing their dedication and commitment to community service.

KCC students Joshua Englehart and Melissa Swarts will receive the organization’s Commitment to Service Award for work completed through their service learning studies at KCC.  The award recognizes students’ breadth or depth of community involvement or service experience and this year will be given to just 34 students statewide.

Eight other KCC students will receive the Heart and Soul Award, which is given to students to recognize the value of their time, effort and personal commitment to their communities as evidenced through their service activities.

Heart and Soul Award recipients will include Hallie Adams, Rebekah Daly, Keeton Foley, Alexandra Guebara, Cassidy Kerr, Stephanie Mastin, Tammy Phillips and Martha Smith.

All of the student award winners will be honored during the 17th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

“It will be an honor to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments that our students have been able to achieve while serving in our community,” said Kate DeGraaf, service learning manager at KCC. “These students are a wonderful example of KCC’s commitment to give back to our community through service.”

Expanding community service initiatives at KCC include a service learning requirement for many of the college’s future graduates, as well as a number of community service events held at the college each semester.

Earlier this year KCC was recognized as one of just two two-year colleges in the state to be listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

For more information about community service or service learning efforts at KCC, visit www.kellogg.edu/socialscience/servicelearning or contact Service Learning Manager Kate DeGraaf at 269-965-3931 ext. 2211 or at degraafk@kellogg.edu.

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