USF Named Most Engaged Campus of the Year by Florida Campus Compact
USF billboard on Fowler Avenue
On Thursday, November 5, Florida Campus Compact honored the 2015 Award Winners at their annual Gala hosted by President Kevin Ross on the campus of the Lynn University in Boca Raton.
The evening began with a reception and dinner at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, the newest performing arts venue in Palm Beach County. Following dinner, attendees enjoyed the awards ceremony that included inspiring student stories of service. The evening concluded with a dessert reception.
Recipients of these awards are leaders at their institutions and have been carefully evaluated for their impact in the areas engaged scholarship, service-learning, community service; and innovative approaches to solving community problems.
Florida Campus Compact advances the civic purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Florida Campus Compact, the state affiliate of Campus Compact, is a national presidential membership organization comprised of fifty-three college and university presidents in Florida and over 1100 nationally who are committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service. Florida Campus Compact works with these presidents and their campuses to integrate service with academic study and to provide a collegial experience for inter-campus and community collaborations.
As Barbara Melendez of USF News said, "There was a USF sweep!"
Engaged Scholarship Faculty Special Recognition for Global Engagement
Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Ph.D, University of South Florida
Graham-Frey Civic Award
Bonnie Silvestri, J.D., University of South Florida
Engaged Campus of the Year
Third Place: Tallahassee Community College
Second Place: Eastern Florida State College
First Place: University of South Florida
Dr. Harold Keller, Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships stated, "The Campus Compact 2015 Engaged Campus Award is a great honor and recognition of our USF enactment of our commitment to community engagement and enhancing the quality of life in our local and global communities. It represents the high quality of work by our university wide support offices (OCEP, CLCE, and Internships/Career Services), our faculty and students."
DeeDee Rasmussen, President of Florida Campus Compact, Jo Averill-Snell, Mallory Mallory Trochesset, Jennifer Webb, Elizabeth Hordge-Freeeman, Bonnie Silvestri, Harold Keller, and Edwin R. Massey, Ph.D., President, Indian River State College
Bonnie Silvestri receives the Graham-Frey Civic Award
Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman receives the inaugural Engaged Scholarship Faculty Special Recognition for Global Engagement