UNC Announces 2012 Engaged Scholar Awards

UNC's sixth annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium last week included the second annual UNC Engaged Scholar Awards honoring outstanding efforts and achievements made in the development and practice of community engagement on and off the UNC campus.

The symposium, held Nov. 13 in the University ballrooms, featured presentations and informational displays prepared by community groups and UNC faculty members, students and organizations about UNC/community partnerships that are making a difference in the lives of Weld County residents and point out the need to prioritize, strengthen and solidify community-based learning and research between UNC and the greater Weld County community.

The outstanding efforts toward meeting that need were the basis for the Engaged Scholar Awards in five categories: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Faculty Member, Staff Member and Community Organization. The winners were:

Community Organization
The Creative Community, a project organized by Greeley non-profit Women2Women, was recognized for its work helping refugee women learn sustainable crafts and skills such as sewing, gardening and cooking. By reaching out to UNC to offer students internships, the program has grown in capacity and significance in the community in just a year.

Undergraduate Student
Alexandra Krumtum, a senior Anthropology major working with the Creative Community refugee program, is currently researching women's reproductive health issues in the Burmese refugee community in Greeley.
Her work utilizes the skills and knowledge that she has developed in class to enhance and drive her work within the community, exemplifying the "bringing theory to practice."

Graduate Student
Sarah Wyscaver, a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program, is working as program coordinator for Aims Community College's STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program. She also has served as a co-instructor and developed innovative and engaging assignments for UNC's Confluence of Culture course and has participated in the school's Soliya Connect Program, a program that provides intercultural experiences to college students through internet-based technologies. She also taught an international service-learning course as part of UNC's Expedition Yucatan study-abroad program.

Staff Member
Solomon Little Owl, director of Native American Student Services, organizes service learning trips to the Northern Montana Crow Reservation, providing opportunities to undergrad students for scholarship and outreach revolving around reservation issues. His annual buffalo hunt on the reservation, which immerses students in the Crow culture, is highlighted in an upcoming Rocky Mountain PBS documentary.

Faculty Member
Andy Creekmore, assistant professor of Anthropology, has worked for the past two years with the Poudre Learning Center to establish a public education program to educate students and community members, at all age and grade levels, about the principles of archaeology. He works with college students, younger students and the general public in learning scientific methods, understanding the importance of heritage sites and becoming responsible stewards of the past.

More About the Engaged Scholarship Symposium
The Engaged Scholarship Symposium and Engaged Scholar Awards are organized by UNC's Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership. For more information, visit the center's website at http://www.unco.edu/hsl/index.html.

Acknowledging Students' Efforts
UNC students are now able to highlight their extracurricular activities with the implementation of co-curricular transcripts, a supplemental transcript introduced two years ago. The transcripts contain information about students' involvement with clubs and organizations and volunteer efforts as well as their awards and achievements.

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