Awards and Honors 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award Winner Newman Civic Fellow Award: Maleni Mendoza-Garcia ‘16 The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated their investment in finding solutions to the challenges that face our communities throughout the country. Maleni Mendoza-Garcia, a second year student at Hamline University, is the 2014 Newman Civic Fellow Award recipient. Maleni is pursuing a double major in Criminal Justice and Women's Studies, with a minor in Forensic Science. Her passion lies with social justice, which has led her to volunteer with many Twin Cities organizations working against human trafficking, serving children, and improving educational achievement. Maleni is a driven person who fights for what she is passionate about. She has a unique and compassionate way of connecting with the people she works with and making them a part of the solution. 2014 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Award Winners The Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards provide an opportunity to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Jeremiah Osokpo'15 This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Jeremiah Osokpo demonstrates extraordinary leadership in his devotion to enhancing the post-secondary success of young people from diverse backgrounds. Jeremiah exemplifies leadership both on-campus and in Hamline’s surrounding communities through active participation in the Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress HUSC), the Hamline African Student Association, and AVID mentoring for high schoolers. Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award: Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, Hamline Chaplain and Director of The Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. Nancy is active in sponsoring visiting interfaith speakers, planning events for Genocide Awareness month involving a presentation by Dakota leader and film-maker Sheldon Wolfchild, participating in annual Catalyst trips, engaging in Frogtown Park and Farm focus groups, and partnering with Hamline Church United Methodist in creating student internships. Presidents' Community Partner Award: Keystone Community Services (KCS) This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes. Keystone Community Services (KCS) provides a variety of human service programs to support diversity and strengthen the capacity of individuals and families. KCS continues to be a committed partner in supporting Hamline University's LEAP into St. Paul and CityService first-year orientation events as well as Hamline's MLK Day of Service. Hamline University Named to 2013 President's Higher education community service honor roll President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll This award annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. Nationwide, students participated in 105 million hours of community service. At Hamline, students participated in a variety of projects during the year, including performing nearly 10,000 hours of service for the McVay Youth Partnership, over 17,000 hours for the Hamline-to-Hamline Collaboration, and more than 26,000 hours during CityServe, in addition to participating in many other service opportunities. Hamline’s vision is to create a university that is “locally engaged and globally connected.” 2013 Newman civic fellows Award winner Newman Civic Fellow Award: Cristina Semi '14 The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. This honor is awarded by the national Campus Compact. Cristina Semi, a native of River Falls, Wisconsin, is a legal studies major, a triple minor in communications, philosophy, and Russian studies, and is in the process of completing her paralegal certificate. In addition to this heavy academic schedule, Semi has served as chair of the College Democrats and was actively involved in Hamline's Undergraduate Conference on Race and Ethnicity. "Cristina embodies the very best of what Hamline strives for in nurturing our civic engagement and social justice-minded student leaders," President Linda Hanson said. "She pursues her academic goals and her work on social issues with passion and excellence." 2013 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' award Winners Presidents' Student Leadership Award: Rod Mpagazihe '13 This award is for an individual student who models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, as well as innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Hamline University Senior Rod Mpagazihe serves as a McVay Fellow at the Arlington Hills United Methodist Church programming site as part of Hamline’s McVay Youth VOICE Partnership. Rod’s relationship-building skills and commitment to community service make him a true “servant-leader” who is an exemplary ally and role model to the youth he mentors." Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award: Professor Melissa Embser-Herbert This award is for a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has significantly advanced his or her campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. In 2012 alone, Professor of Sociology Melissa Embser-Herbert traveled to Rwanda with students to examine restorative justice and reconciliation processes; partnered her first-year students with the Innocence Project of Minnesota to explore wrongful convictions in the US; and facilitated a campus-wide Facebook dialogue to raise awareness of the Marriage Amendment and its implications during the 2012 Election. Her tireless good work consistently inspires, challenges and empowers the Hamline community to strive for social justice and sustainable change. Presidents' Community Partner Award: Hamline Elementary This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes. Since 1991, when it became the first University-Elementary partnership of its kind in the nation, Hamline University and newly renamed Hamline Elementary have collaborated across both campuses to create reciprocal relationships and a variety of programs guided by the philosophy that “College Begins in Kindergarten.” Principal Craig Anderson will accept the award on behalf of Hamline Elementary. You can view the full award booklet of all 2013 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards winners on the Minnesota Campus Compact website.