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UVM, Community Partners Recognized for Collaborations

By Communications Staff Article published April 30, 2008

The Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning held its CUPS Annual Recognition Reception on April 29 to recognize faculty, students and community partners who excelled in creating community-based learning opportunities that both enhance student learning and meet community needs.

The CUPS office was founded in 2003 to promote and support active, collaborative UVM-community partnerships, high quality service-learning and community-based scholarship. Since its inception, the number of documented service-learning classes per year has more than tripled. In the 2007-2008 academic year, more than 60 courses integrated community-based learning elements while the number of faculty participating in research that is designed and carried out in collaboration with community partners also increased.

The following nominees were honored at the 2008 ceremony:

Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award Winners:
Matthew Kolan for his work in managing a senior capstone course in natural resources called “Environmental Problem Solving,” which engages students in team-based projects around environmental issues in the community.

Ann Greenan-Naumann for her leadership in engaging graduate physical therapy students in community-based work with low-income residents and residents with disabilities (in partnership with the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association and Cathedral Square senior living residence).

Special Recognition Award:
Jeanne Fossani (deceased) for her efforts to integrate international service-learning into environmental studies courses in Costa Rica.

Outstanding Service-Learning Student Award:
Kate Lesniak (sociology) for her leadership as a teaching assistant and academic intern with the King Street Youth Center through two separate service-learning courses. (Nominees: Wendy Friant, physical therapy; Scott Hannigan, physical therapy; Jess Roy, education.)

Outstanding Service-Learning Community Partner Award Winner
Corey Beach, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. (Nominees: Nancy Bove, Burlington Parks and Recreation; Eric Kaufman, H.O. Wheeler School; Wendy LaChapelle, Pine Forest Children’s Community; Ron Redmond, Church Street Marketplace; Patrick Standen, Northeast Disabled Athletic Association.)

For more information on the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning, visit the CUPS website.