Nomination: Alexis has built the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center from a quiet office to a powerful force on our campus. Service-Learning as a pedogogy has been strengthened by Alexis' leadership and direction, and from her support of faculty. She has assisted faculty to minimize the administrative burden of offering service-learning courses by helping to set up course links on the VLSC web page. She has brought service agencies to campus for Service Fairs each semester making it easier for students and agencies in need to connect. Her kindness and engaging personality make service-learning appealing, not just another office on campus. Her tireless efforts and dedication to elevate the staus of service-learning on this campus make her a deserving recipient of this award.
This award recognizes an individual or organization who:
Nomination for Diana Cazier, Hearts for Hospice: Diana has been actively involved inproviding volunteer opportunities for students and in building a strong relationship with the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. She currently serves on the community Partner Advisory Committee and visits campus monthly to work with students.
This award recognizes an individual with:
Nomination: "This is Bernd's second year at UVU and he is completely committed to the service learning pedagogy and engaging in meaningful ways with the community. All of his classes are SL courses, he also is faculty advisor for SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and sets up monthly seminars where local HR professionals come and talk to the students, and he is heavily involved in a stream of SL research. He completed the SL faculty fellowship in his first semester at UVU and hasn't looked back since. Below is a list of the SL projects/community organizations his students are working with this semester (22 total group projects, 10 individual projects, for 5+ community partners, across 3 classes):
MGMT 3430 Sec 1 – 29 students è 10 student groups
*1-800-Contacts: Recruitment of Passive Candidates, Wellness Initiative, IT-Recruitment
*Zions Bank: Supervisor HR-Training, Candidate Experience Evaluation
*Salem City: External Equity Analysis è students need to go to Mapleton City, Santaquin City, Spanish Fork City, Springville City, Payson City, Alpine City, Highland City, Lindon City, Saratoga Springs City
*Valley Mental Hospital: Job Analysis & Descriptions, Employee Performance Reviews, Performance Review Software, First Year Manager Training
MGMT 3430 Sec 2 – 13 students è 7 student groups
*Xactware Employee Engagement Survey
MGMT 4610 – 10 students work on individual projects with companies in Provo, Murray (3x), Orem, etc.
"Bernd's students already have an amazing track record and strong positive reputation in the community and I have no doubt they will continue to do amazing projects, and for this Bernd deserves as much recognition as we can give him!"
Nomination: "Jason Slack has been a tireless advocate for Service-Learning for many years. He served as the Academic Director for Service-Learning several years ago, and continues to serve on the University Service-Learning Committee today. Jason is committed to the Service-Learning pedagogy by offering SL classes each semester, and his students regularly participate in the poster sessions demonstrating the ways they have applied their learning by giving service in the community. Jason also mentors students by engaging them in his research projects. Jason is a powerful example of a faculty member who is committed to service-learning for the long-term and it has set him apart as a true advocate of the pedagogy."
This award recognizes a staff member that:
Nomination: "Tonya is an Educational-Counselor for SCUP, partnering with schools in Utah County; overseeing the America-Reads, and Community Mentor-Tutor Programs. She works specifically with college students, awarded work-study funding, and choosing to work in either of these programs.
Her efforts benefit many UVU departments; explicitly assisting Financial Aid Department in meeting Federal/Department of Education criteria for eligibility in receiving work-study funding.
There are approximately 50 UVU-student-mentor-tutors throughout Utah County, who represent UVU and strengthen community partnerships in elementary and middle schools, while gaining immeasurable learning through this service experience. Tonya has also incorporated two after school reading programs: one at South Franklin Community Center; one at SCUP Department Learning Site.
Tonya goes well beyond just assigning mentor-tutors to schools. She meets individually with each student-mentor/tutor; assists with integration into their assigned school; is an outstanding advocate for student success; a strong yet compassionate role model who treats her students with dignity and respect, focusing on strengths and potentials; one who always encourages them to do things that will help them now, and in post-graduation life, providing accurate information, making appropriate referrals, and competently representing UVU. Tonya’s example motivates mentor-tutors to deliver this same care and encouragement to the younger students with whom they work.
As one who has strengthened community involvement and partnerships, and a seamless transition to UVU, we nominate Tonya for this award."
This award recognizes a student or a student group that:
Nomination: "Lindsay is involved in the Service Council as a Program Director over environmental projects. She is proactive about the projects she works on. I have also seen her efforts to make the Fiji Expedition successful. Even before she was selected, Lindsay was offering to help, to fundraise, and to serve. She now serves as committee lead over the service committee and the reorientation committee. So, leading up to the trip and while in Fiji, she will be highly involved in the actual service project and making that happen as well as creating the Reorientation activity which will happen once we get back from Fiji. Lindsay truly wants what is best for those she serves and does her research to make sure that happens. She is thoughful and intentional."