Recognizing Outstanding Community Impact
Each year, Civic Engagement proudly hosts the Carl V. Patton President’s Awards for Community Service and Social Justice to highlight the exemplary work that Georgia State University’s students, faculty, staff and organizations do in the community. Without the hard work of these individuals and organizations, many of the programs and services provided to the community would not be possible. Congratulations to our 2015 winners!
Outstanding Community Partner Award:
The relationship between the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Georgia State University has grown and solidified over the last few years. Each semester, the ACFB hosts numerous Freshman Learning Community service projects, engaging students in service and educational programming about the scope of hunger in Atlanta. Furthermore, the ACFB is an essential player in the execution Hunger and Homelessness Week at Georgia State and has served as an immense resource for the programming during that week.
Outstanding Community Impact Student Organization Award:
As one of Georgia State University’s premier business organizations, Beta Alpha Psi has taken on a major role in providing the educational funding for several Kenyan girls as a part of the Global Impact Project. Beta Alpha Psi’s annual 5k/10k race, put on every fall, has enabled the fundraising necessary for this. Additionally, Beta Alpha Psi engages in volunteering with other area non-profits, including the Discovery Program and the Autism Mentoring Program at the Emory Autism Center.
Outstanding Community Impact Student Award:
Christian Hill is a senior Public Policy major at Georgia State who, during his time at the school, has developed into a leader at the university and in the community. Christian has served as Vice President of the Student Government Association, Vice President of Greek Housing and Executive Director of his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. In the community, Christian serves as a mentor and step coach at Columbia High School and raised funds extensively for Hosea Feed the Hungry and Womenetics.
Outstanding Faculty or Staff Member Award:
Tonya Cook does much to impact the community, both in her role as Program Specialist at the Multicultural Center and through her extensive volunteer activities. As advisor to the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Tonya has participated in many service activities and has continued to give back to the Georgia State community. Further, Tonya is a champion of the arts and has volunteered extensively for organizations such as the National Black Arts Center, Rialto Center for the Arts, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Our community members have been involved in some outstanding service this year! The President’s Awards recognition ceremony is held annually in May to honor these individuals.
We look forward to receiving nominations for the 2016 awards in February 2016. In addition to the nominated award categories, all students who completed 100 hours or more of community service during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States along with a letter from the President of Points of Light and the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students must log their hours in OrgSync by February 6, 2016 in order to be eligible for this award.
For more information, contact Jennifer Bodnar or 404-413-1552.