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Scheibel Honored with President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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In recognition of his decades of commitment to national service and civic engagement programs, Professor of Practice Jim Scheibel was recently honored with the highest possible award given for volunteer service. The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) was presented at an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the organization and was signed by President Barack Obama. 

"Jim Scheibel has dedicated his life to civic engagement and the tremendous impact of that work is evident in communities across the nation," School of Business Dean Anne McCarthy said. "His work is an inspiration to so many, but most importantly to his students who will be the next generation of problem solvers in our cities."

Scheibel is a former director of both Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA. The latter organization was founded as a national service program in 1965 with the goal of fighting poverty in America. Scheibel was a featured speaker at anniversary event and part of the planning committee, but the award was kept a secret from him until the official presentation. 

“The event was a testimony to the service and impact [VISTA] has had, but also a chance to look forward to the work they can do to address poverty today,” Scheibel said. 

The October 30 event in Minneapolis was one of five across the country commemorating the 50th anniversary. Other participating individuals included VISTA project coordinators, program managers, executive directors, and special video appearances from U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.