William Meinhoffer Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007
UniverCity Partnership Awards Presented
Release Date: April 24, 2007
Worcester, MA - The Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc. hosted its third annual networking event “Colleges and Community – Creating Collaborations” on April 23 at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross.
This event, sponsored by the Consortium Community Engagement Committee, provided an opportunity for community organizations and businesses to meet with campus representatives from the Consortium’s member institutions. This event also provided information on the numerous civic engagement opportunities available through Consortium member institutions and the prospects available to organizations interested in utilizing the talent of local college students to help enhance services and meet objectives.
The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the third annual Worcester UniverCity Partnership Awards. The “UP Award” honors the impact made by college student volunteers in the community and the agencies for which they worked. The award criteria states that student activity must be identified within one of five areas of student/community engagement: volunteering, internship, work study, service learning, or faculty-guided, community-based research. The student or student team must be connected to an agency or organization external to the nominating campus (a public sector, private sector, or nonprofit organization). The activity must make a substantial contribution to or have a major impact on the organization where the work is conducted and should further the goals of the organization through tangible results. "Through these numerous civic engagement opportunities, students are enriching their academic experience," said Armand Carriere, executive director of the UniverCity Partnership. "Ultimately, we hope they not only become better students, but also better citizens." (See below for a complete list of award winners.)
In addition, the inaugural William Meinhofer Award for Faculty Excellence was presented to Maureen Power, PhD., a member of the faculty at Worcester State College (pictured, above right). Dr. Power has been a leader over the last three decades in promoting service learning and civic engagement in the greater Worcester area. Her early work in incorporating elder students into the mainstream of the college's service learning and community-based urban studies curriculum led to the establishment of the Intergenerational Urban Institute (IUI) at Worcester State. The late Dr. Meinhofer, founding director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning at Holy Cross and founding chairperson of the Community Engagement Committee, lost his battle with cancer in January 2007. "I'm truly honored to receive this award," said Dr. Power. "I knew Bill, and I worked with him, which makes receiving this award an even greater priviledge."