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Saint Francis University’s first “Become that Someone” Community Engagement Awards & Community Partner Appreciation Breakfast was held on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto. 

Lisa Georgiana, Director of the Center for Service and Learning organized the first of what she hopes to be an annual event. “The purpose of the event is to celebrate our community partners, faculty, staff and students who are participating in and initiating community engagement activities and embracing the mission of the University with their hearts for service.” 

The mission at the Center for Service & Learning is to be a catalyst for impactful and mutually beneficial community engagement experiences. Georgiana says, “By collaborating with faculty, staff and community partners, the Center aims to be a facilitator, helping  to create mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and our broader community.”  

The criteria for the awards are directed by the Carnegie Foundation’s definition of community engagement: the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity.

Awards were presented to Dr. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg, Engaged Faculty Member; Ms. Nicole Bauman, Engaged Staff Member; Alexandra Cummings, Engaged Student; and to Saint Michael’s Catholic School, Engaged Community Partner.

Award Recipients Community Engagement Event

Photo Caption: (Front Row L to R) Ms. Nicole Bauman, Engaged Staff Member; Dr. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg, Engaged Faculty Member; Alexandra Cummings, Engaged Student; and Principal Renee Phister from Saint Michael’s Catholic School, Engaged Community Partner. (Back Row L to R) Ms. Lisa Georgiana, Dr. Wayne Powel, Father Joseph Lehman, T.O.R., and Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D.

The following students were recognized for completing 100+ hours of community service: Amanda Balas, Christopher Baun, Maddie Bender, Katelyn Clark, Dan Danielson, Sarah Davis, Jarrett Dorazio, Brenna Erzen, Katelyn Flynn, Ashley Hill, Mary Holtz, Jamie Houston, Margaret Kallock, Paul Kasunic, Abby Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Kelly Kramer, Kathleen Leary, Amarisa Miles, Marcus Mihelcic, Rebecca Phillips, Mary Ruggieri, Grace Schartner, Rachel Smith, Regan Stubbs, Victoria Waldron, Allison Ward, Sarah Westin, Marah Zitalone.  

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