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Students and Colleges Chosen for Community Service Awards 

HARTFORD, April 19 - Higher Education Commissioner, Valerie F. Lewis, will present the 2001 Higher Education Community Service Awards to nine college students, faculty and administrators at a 4:00 pm ceremony in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol. Among those expected to participate are State Representatives William R. Dyson and State Representative Robert Heagney.

The annual ceremony is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s Community Service Network, which promotes and coordinates volunteer activities by college students, and the Connecticut Commission on National and Community Service, chaired by Representative Dyson.

Colleges nominate both individual students and student groups for the awards. This year’s individual student winners are Descatur Potier, Trinity College; Jonathan Prosnit, Trinity College; and Jennifer Staple, Yale University.

In the student group category, winners are Northwestern Deaf Club, Northwestern Connecticut Community College; Alpha Sigma Psi Fraternity, Sacred Heart University, and Community Health Educators, Yale University.

Recipients are selected based on their ability to create projects which distinctly help individuals, community groups or environmental causes; utilize originality and unique approaches to community service; substantially increase student participation; and promote diversity and address urban problems.

Colleges also submit nominations for Special Awards which recognize faculty, college and university staff, non-profit agency staff and others considered leaders in community service by their personal contributions and institutional commitment. Those honored in this category are

Joseph Gervascio, Asnuntuck Community College; Martha Stone, University of Connecticut, School of Law; and Lydia Brewster, Wesleyan University.

This year, a special "Lifetime Achievement" award will be presented to Professor Edward Zigler, Yale University, in recognition of his school and community involvement.


Contact: Connie Fraser
(860)947-1801


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