USU & Utah Campus Compact Award Community Service Champions
Tuesday, May. 22, 2018
Recipients of Presidential Awards for Community Engagement are (from left to right) Jordy Guth, Staff; Terra Pace, Student; Jessica Lucero, Faculty; and Marilyn Dryke, President Café Femenino Foundation, Community Partner.
The Outstanding Service Award Recipients are (from left to right): Paige Morgan, LahPoe Shi, Ruth Campos and Jennifer Worthy.
Four local community service champions and organizations received Presidential Awards through Utah Campus Compact and Utah State University in late April during an awards banquet in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom. Awards were presented by the USU Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning whose mission is “Developing active citizens through community engagement and scholarship.”
Jordy Guth was nominated for her vision for the future. Guth uses her planning and coordination experiences to enhance other partnerships. Whether it is a coordinated transportation system or improved air quality, she pursues a healthier community. She is a member of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Advisory Board (RECAB) to the Logan City Council.
Jessica Lucero was nominated for her work with the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection and the Transforming Communities Initiative.
Terra Pace was nominated for her leadership with the Sustainability Council’s Green Office program and USU’s Annual Earth Day event.
Café Femenino Foundation was nominated for their partnership with Utah State University that gives students the opportunity to respond to community identified needs. In 2017, USU students worked alongside coffee farmers in Northern Peru to construct the first of many community greenhouses. USU students will return to Peru in 2019 to continue this work.
Additionally, four students received the Outstanding Service Awards through the Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning:
LahPoe Shi is an advocate for her fellow students and for refugee families in Logan - using art to help young women develop self-confidence and set goals for higher education. Shi leads the America Reads tutoring and mentoring team at Wilson Elementary. She does an outstanding job building a team environment among After School Club partners.
Paige Morgan completed multiple AmeriCorps terms with the Student Sustainability Office. She has become an integral part of the USU sustainability movement, growing the True Blue Reuse Collection and Sale from a once-a-year event to a weekly sale and now a campus thrift store with a fix-it shop for minor repairs. Morgan has become a strong campus voice for sustainability and has mentored students to carry on her work after she graduates. Her passion and love for what she does is an inspiration to everyone.
Ruth Campos demonstrated deep commitment to service during her 2017 Utah Conservation Corps AmeriCorps term. While serving as a Utah Conservation Corps member, Campos spent her summer maintaining recreational trails and constructing fence on public lands to improve habitat and waterways. During this time, she met with Former Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to talk about why she got involved with UCC. Upon returning to USU in spring 2018, Campos served as the Student Leader on the first International Alternative Break to Guatemala.
Jennifer Worthy answered a call to national service in the wake of major hurricanes Harvey and Irma that hit the United States in September 2017. Despite the unknowns, Worthy signed up for an AmeriCorps term, offering her time, dedication, and skills wherever they were needed. She was placed in the main Incident Command Post in Austin, Texas. She became a leader in the logistics coordination and planning efforts on behalf of the entire Texas disaster response operations.
More information on the USU Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning can be found at http://www.usu.edu/ccesl.
Contact: Kate Stephens, USU Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, 435-797-8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org