Anderson, Indiana

AU acknowledges faculty, students at Celebration of Service Chapel

Fri, 2011-04-15 08:52 -- univcomm
April 15, 2011

The Community Partnership Center at Anderson University held its second annual Celebration of Service Chapel this week. Three faculty members and 12 students were awarded for their service and volunteerism in Madison County.

Mayor Kris Ockomon accepted the award for the City of Anderson as the 2010-2011 Community Partner of the Year. The City of Anderson has continued to support the work of the students in the community, creating opportunities for freshman orientation service projects, and inclusion in events like Martin Luther King Jr. City Wide Celebration and the We Can Care Food Drive. [Photo on left: AU alum Cliff Ritchey from Commonway Church leads worship.]

AU alum Cliff Ritchey led chapel worship and Pastor Matt Carder of Commonway Church in Muncie challenged those in attendance to look for to make a difference in the world by noticing opportunities to impact the world and community you live in by showing up in the simple and ordinary ways of daily living.

Jennifer Randonis, assistant professor of English, received a faculty award for partnering AU with the College Against Cancer-Relay for Life. This was the second year she has led the fight against cancer on campus.

“Randonis is sensitive to a need and condition that has impacted the lives of many students and community members and rallied a group of students to make a difference in the fight against cancer,” said Stephanie Moran, Director of the Community Partnership Center.

Falls School of Business professor of management, Dr. Wendell Seaborne, was rewarded for his work with Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and his dedication to the excellent programs they put forth as a service to the community. Moran said, “He is committed to the development of students through direct creative application of their skills and talents.”

Lolly Bargerstock-Oyler, assistant professor of social work, received a faculty award for her work with the Park Place Community Center. This center meets many needs in the Park Place community and gives students an opportunity to serve. [Photo on right: Pastor Matt Carder from Commonway Church speaks at chapel.]

“She has had a vision for the Park Place Community Center that will have positive impact on the neighborhood and campus for years to come,” said Moran.

This is the second year that students were awarded for their service to the community

  • Senior psychology major, Renee Bader, for her work with the Girls Scouts of America. She was an integral part of the development of a relationship with the Girl Scouts which allowed for members to come to campus and learn about communication skills through Anderson University student led interventions.
  • Junior family science major, Alyssa Martin, for her service at the Christian Center. She has been dedicated to the residents there and been able to share her faith through relationship and service in a very transparent way.
  • Junior elementary education major, Kenton Mahoney, for his work with the College Against Cancer Relay for Life Event. He put many hours and energy into making that event a success.
  • Senior finance major, Rose Hirschy, for her work with Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) for the past 3 years. She has participated in many volunteer opportunities, but has been very faithful to her commitment of assisting those in the community that need help with their taxes yet have no means to enlist the help of accountants or prep services.

New to this year’s Celebration of Service Chapel was the eight AmeriCorps Service Engagement Award recipients. These awards were made possible through AU’s association with Indiana Campus Compact. Each of these eight students has served over 300 hours of service to the community during their 2010-2011 term of service. The recipients included:

  • Junior global business major, Ashley Ledford, for her award winning work with SIFE as a program director.
  • Senior management major, Bradley Miller, for his work with SIFE as the President of SIFE.
  • Senior psychology major, Austin Boon, for his work with Dove Harbor, Alternative School, Girls Scouts, “Lil Sibs” Weekend, among other opportunities to provide leadership in the area of teaching communication skills.
  • Sophomore political science major, Benjamin Herrick, for his work with Prison Ministry and Grace and Action.
  • Senior psychology major, Jackie Hammond, for her work with Prison Ministry, Grace and Action, Aspire, and tutoring
  • Junior psychology major, Emily Thalls, for volunteering weekly at Dove Harbor where she teaches Interpersonal Communications skills to the women who reside there. She has also taught Interpersonal Communications skills to AU Resident Assistants, Girl Scouts, children of the Madison County Youth Center, students at AU, "Lil Sibs" of AU students and alumni, and attendees of the annual Day of Healing Convention.
  • Senior social work major, Breann Patuzzi, for her work at the Christian Center, AU-East Africa, Neighbors, and S.T.A.R. where she currently volunteers as a tutor at Shadeland Tutoring and Recreation. She has also been interning and serving at the Department of Child Services.
  • Senior management and sociology major, Kristina Feltham, for her work with seniors and the Generation to Generation Ministry. Kristina has also been involved in many various service learning opportunities and volunteer experiences on campus. She also serves as the Indiana Campus Compact student representative for the AU campus.

View photos from the Celebration of Service Chapel on the Anderson University Flickr album.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.