Annual Awards

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APPLES provides annual awards to faculty, community partners, students, alumni and supporters who have made outstanding and significant contributions to service-learning at UNC.

Service-Learning Award in honor of Ned Brooks

Established in 2001, the APPLES Service-Learning Award recognizes the sustained and on-going commitment of a student, faculty member, staff, or community partner who has addressed the concerns and needs of North Carolina communities. Recipients of the APPLES Service-Learning Award have been involved with the APPLES program for a minimum of two years, have demonstrated a sustained commitment to service-learning and are dedicated to positive community impact through service.

2013 Recipient - Student U

Student U is a nonprofit based in Durham, N.C. aimed at empowering youth through long-term and intensive educational opportunities and personal enrichment. This summer marks the seventh consecutive summer that Student U has partnered with APPLES. Student U was recognized for providing significant opportunities for UNC students while also affecting real change in the lives of the community, for both families and children.

APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award

Established in 2004, the Community Partner Excellence Award honors the vital contribution of a community partner who provides unique and valuable service experiences for students. Recipients of the Community Partner Excellence Award have been involved with the APPLES Service-Learning program for a minimum of two years, have demonstrated a sustained commitment to service-learning, and are dedicated to enhancing student learning in both the academic and community setting.

2013 Recipient - North Carolina Campus Compact

North Carolina Campus Compact is celebrating 11 years of service and partnership with North Carolina colleges and universities. As an organization dedicated to advancing community engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact was honored for its impact on service-learning opportunities at UNC as well as in the state and region.

APPLES Teaching Excellence Award

Established in 2004, the Teaching Excellence Award honors a faculty member who thoroughly integrates service experiences into academic curriculum while inspiring students to make significant contributions in the community and the classroom. Recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award have been involved with the APPLES Service-Learning program for a minimum of two years, have demonstrated a sustained commitment to service-learning and are dedicated to positive community impact through service.

2013 Recipient - Maggie O’Shaughnessey

Maggie O’Shaughnessey is a senior lecturer in the department of English and comparative literature, was honored for her development and teaching of the course, Into the Woods: Science and Literature. Through this course, students see the humanities and sciences through a new lens by emerging from the classroom and immersing themselves into the world.

APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award

Established in 2008, the Undergraduate Service-Learning Excellence Award honors the significant contributions to service by participants of the APPLES program who make undeniably profound impacts on the campus, regional, and global communities they serve.

2013 Recipient - Wendy Song ’13

Wendy Song, a senior Global Studies major and chemistry and Spanish for the Professions minor, is a member of the Honors Program and is a Buckley Public Service Scholar. She was honored for her leadership, support and coordination for Las Guapitas y Los Caballeros and Culbreth Middle School over the years.

APPLES Outstanding Alumni Award

Established in 2012, this award recognizes an APPLES alumnus who has dedicated significant effort and sustained support to strengthen service-learning efforts on campus or in communities.

2013 Recipient - Jason Langberg

Jason Langberg, a UNC graduate from the class of 2004 and a former APPLES organizer, currently serves as an attorney with Legal Aid NC as an advocate for children’s rights and issues of justice and equity. Jason was honored for his work in local communities to improve the quality of life and access to opportunity for North Carolina children.