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Students and Colleges Chosen for Community Service Awards 

HARTFORD, April 13 - Interim Higher Education Commissioner Valerie F. Lewis will present the 2000 Higher Education Community Service Awards to nine college students, faculty and administrators at a 4:00 pm. ceremony tomorrow (Thursday, April 13) in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol. Among those expected to participate are State Senate Republican Leader M. Adela Eads, and State Representatives William R. Dyson, Cameron C. Staples, Brian E. Mattiello, and Andrew W. Roraback.

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 student winners are Dorothy R. Helfrick, Manchester Community-Technical College; David Tuchmann, Wesleyan University; and Patrick Nolen, Trinity College.

In the student group category, winners are KUBE (Killingly, UConn, Brooklyn Experience) at the Storrs Campus of the University of Connecticut; Peace by PEACE at Yale (Playful Exploration in Active Conflict Education); and the Yale Children’s Theater.

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

Colleges also submit nominations for a 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 Alison Jassen of Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical College and the founder of the Northwest Connecticut Breast Cancer Support Group; Professor Linda Farber of Sacred Heart University and the advisor to Sacred Heart’s Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society; and Joe Barber, Assistant Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement at Trinity College.


Contact: Connie Fraser
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