Public Service News 3/20/2017

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement.



3/27 – APPLES Summer Fellowship
Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips
APPLES Course Enhancement Grants
APPLES Partnership Grants


3/22 – Regional IT Showcase
3/23 – Consulting 101 presentation
3/30 – African Diaspora Lecture
3/30 – Flourish Wellness skills training
3/31 – Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence
4/8 – GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics


4/22 – Keep Carrboro Beautiful day
4/29 – Special Olympics seeks volunteers
Crescent Green volunteers needed
Grow to Life needs help in food ministry
PI+CH seeks motivated students
Rainbow Soccer coaches needed


3/27 – APPLES Summer Fellowship

The APPLES Service-Learning program offers a summer fellow position to work collaboratively with various Carolina Center for Public Service staff. Prior work experience in an office/business setting is preferred with priority given to students who have participated in an APPLES program. The summer fellow must be able to work effectively with a diverse group of people, as well as exhibit a professional and positive attitude. Strong verbal and written communication skills and a working knowledge of Word and Excel are required. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to by Monday, March 27. For details, visit Carolina Center for Public Service employment opportunities.


The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the university’s campus and community partners, is organizing relief trips for staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Upcoming relief trips are March 17, to Princeville, North Carolina, April 21 to Fayetteville, North Carolina and May 19 to Lumberton, North Carolina. For details on what to expect and information on completing forms, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.


APPLES Course Enhancement Grants up to $500 are awarded to APPLES faculty. These grants can fund course development materials or support required for APPLES service-learning courses. Past grants provided supplies for a community cooking class, funds for a field trip to a nuclear reactor and computer software to assist with community-based research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.


Students enrolled in an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant intended to benefit a community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for the student. Grants are up to $100 and can be used to enhance projects completed by students during their volunteer experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.


3/22 – Regional IT Showcase

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Division of Information Technology is hosting the 2017 Regional Information Technology Showcase 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 22 at the Ridley Student Center at ECSU. The event is free and open to people in business, education and government fields. For more information, contact Sonya Dixon.

3/23 – Consulting 101 presentation

Deloitte Consulting offers a 101 presentation for first-year students and sophomores 6 – 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the Student Union, room 3206B. Join Deloitte practitioners and learn about the consulting lifestyle and work. The presentation includes details about the Business Analyst program and how to prepare for a career in consulting, as well as small group Q&As. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP at Deloitte Consulting. If you are interested but unable to attend, contact

3/30 – African Diaspora Lecture

The spring 2017 African Diaspora Lecture continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History’s Hitchcock room with Dr. Daniel Sayers, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C. The lecture, also part of the Stone Center’s Writer’s Discussion series, will focus on Sayer’s book, “A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Stone Center or call 919-962-9001. RSVP at Stone Center Writer’s Discussion Series.

3/30 – Flourish Wellness skills training

Flourish Wellness Coaching will host a skills training 5 to 7 p.m. March 30 at Bondurant Hall, room G030. Dr. Carol Ripley-Moffitt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Program and a nutrition expert, will share motivational interviewing skills in nutrition counseling. Food will be served. Sign up on the Google Form.

3/31 – Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence seeks submissions for its annual event that explores the survivor experience through stories, testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music and visual art. Submissions from survivors, their loved ones and allies are welcome. Pieces can be submitted with the artist’s name or anonymously. Those submitting written word pieces may choose to perform those pieces themselves or they can request that a volunteer read their piece. Artists do not need to be present for their work to be included. All written pieces will be printed in the event program in both English and Spanish unless otherwise specified by the artist. There will be an open mic following the submitted program pieces, as time allows. To participate, submit pieces to Jennifer Grant. Submission deadline is March 31 and the event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. For details, visit the Facebook event page.

4/8 – GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics

Register for the annual GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics. This conference helps participants evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for international community engagement, and develop intercultural competencies on campus and abroad. The conference is open and free for anyone interested in attending. Register now to secure your spot as space is limited to 250 participants. Follow the Go! Facebook event page. For questions, contact Katie Costanza.

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Help clean the town of Carrboro and prevent trash from entering local streams. Bring work gloves and dress to be outside. Volunteers with meet at 9 a.m. April 22 at the Century Center. Cleaning supplies will be provided. Scout groups and youth groups are welcome to participate. For questions, contact John Cooper.

4/29 – Special Olympics North Carolina seeks volunteers

Special Olympics North Carolina seeks volunteers for its Plane Pull fundraising event on April 29 at the UPS Tarmac at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Volunteer with Special Olympics North Carolina or register a plane pull team.

Crescent Green volunteers needed

Crescent Green Assisted Living Communities needs student volunteers 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays to play bingo with the residents. Volunteers will call out the bingo numbers, assist participants and hand candy out to winners. Volunteers can also play cards and chat with residents on Sundays. Crescent Green also has a student volunteer coordinator position to fill beginning in August. For more information, contact Sydney Kalin.

Grow To Life needs help in food ministry

Grow To Life seeks volunteers to assist in its monthly food ministry every first Tuesday at 10 a.m. Duties include preparing and packing food boxes and placing them in cars. For more information, email Makeda Ma’at or call 323-762-5332.

PI+CH seeks motivated students

PI+CH at UNC creates a space for students to implement solutions for public health issues. PI+CH seeks to team with students from pre-medical, public health, computer science, marketing, business and communications fields to develop innovative public health solutions. If interested, complete the Google Form.

Rainbow Soccer coaches needed

Rainbow Soccer is looking for a few more soccer coaches for its Friday evening Intro to Soccer program. Volunteers who have played soccer are needed 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday evenings to introduce soccer to a group of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds. A couple more volunteer coaches or assistants are also needed for practice with youth teams. For details, contact Karen Aldridge.

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The Carolina Center for Public Service ( features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.


Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.


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UNC community visits Tarboro to offer disaster relief

Tarrboro Hurricane Matthew relief tripWhile disaster recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the UNC community also continues to provide much-needed help through hurricane disaster relief trips. Fifteen members of the UNC community (seven undergraduate students, four staff, three faculty and one graduate student) travelled to Tarboro and Princeville, North Carolina Friday, Dec. 9 to help homeowners clean out their homes.

“Carolina students, faculty and staff care about service and were grateful for the opportunity to serve in partnership with communities down East”, said Kim Allen, program officer for faculty and campus programs at the Carolina Center for Public Service, who coordinated the relief trip in partnership with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Leaving campus at 7 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m., volunteers worked alongside the homeowners and members of a work crew from Michigan.

Patricia Sullivan, associate professor in the Department of Public Safety, was one of three faculty members who volunteered. “Before this trip, I had never heard of Princeville and knew nothing about the plight of its residents,” she said. “It was sobering to see the extent of the damage caused by the flooding — almost every home uninhabitable and nearly all of each family’s belongings piled in front still waiting to be picked up and hauled away. It was good to do the little bit that we could and to learn more about the tremendous scope of the challenge facing the residents of this unique town. It was also wonderful to spend time with students, staff, and faculty in an entirely different setting. I would love to make a service trip like this a finals week ritual and I would especially welcome the opportunity to go back to work in Princeville.”

Additional UNC disaster relief trips will continue to be offered. For details and to register, visit UNC disaster relief trips. The best source of updated information is posted on a dedicated website at The center will continue to collect and share information about relief efforts.

Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship: Making the Case for Community- Engaged Scholarship

The first seminar of the Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship: Making the Case for Community- Engaged Scholarship will be held 9 – 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall. During this interactive presentation, participants will explore aspects of developing, documenting and presenting their work in ways that promote greater understanding of the scholarly nature and potential impact of community-engaged scholarship. Sign in and refreshments are at 8:45 a.m. Register online.

The Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship is sponsored by the Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship Consortium (Carolina Center for Public Service, Center for Faculty Excellence, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and NC TraCS Institute). This series consists of four annual one and a half-hour sessions to promote community engagement and engaged scholarship being done at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Tenth class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event


Chapel Hill, N.C. – Two hundred and fifty-one members of the class of 2014 will be honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 9 at a ceremony in Memorial Hall, highlighting their years of service while at Carolina. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 11 to represent their achievement. To commemorate the ten years of graduates, former provost Richard J. Richardson will address the graduates.

The program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service, connects them to others who care about similar issues and guides them through training and course work that make their service more effective. Launched in 2003, BPSS presently has 9 percent of Carolina undergraduates enrolled as participants. In 2011, the Center announced the establishment of the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment from an anonymous donor. This endowment ensures Buckley Public Service Scholars will graduate for generations to come.

To receive formal recognition, Buckley Public Service Scholar participants must have a minimum grade-point average, complete at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course and attend four skills-training workshops as well as complete a final refelction activity. Most of this year’s graduates exceeded these requirements, on average completing more than 450 hours of service. Fifteen students reported more than 1,000 hours each, and two students recorded more than 2,000. These students join the 1,365 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2003.

“My experience in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program has been one of learning,” said graduating senior Emily Bushman. “I have learned that there is a deeper meaning of public service beyond simple volunteering. I have gained a strong sense of empowerment that comes from this deeper public service and have seen the communities and institutions I serve be empowered as well.”

Since the program’s inception, more than 5,635 students have participated, contributing 1.35 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like UNC Hospitals, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, UNC Dance Marathon, Relay For Life and Student U. The 2014 graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported 113,400 hours of service as of March 2014. Of those hours, 85 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 10 percent other states and five percent other countries. With this tenth graduating class, there are now 1,616 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates.

“These exemplary students spent their years at Carolina strengthening the culture of public service and community engagement,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “Through their dedicated participation, they fostered connections among the University, its students and North Carolina communities. We are excited to see these students continue their commitment to public service after graduation.”

Learn more about the graduating class in the 2014 BPSS graduation bulletin.

2014 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by county, state and country:

Alamance: Jesse Crayle and Lenzie Purcell

Buncombe: Sean Langberg, Ivy Palas, Nabila Ratani and Julie Uffelman

Cabarrus: Hannah Burris, Suzanne Jasmine, Elizabeth Rossitch and Lauren Silver

Camden: Lauren Forbes

Catawba: Kelly Boyd, Timothy McEachran and Georgia Titcomb

Chowan: Katelyn Blanchard

Cleveland: Alex Ledbetter

Craven: Phillip Healy

Cumberland: Kehinde Adeoti, Ann Atienza, Tanisha Edwards, Julia Hah, Alexis Leca, Rebecca Lee, Jessica Milbern, Britt Sikora and Sheila Spence

Davie: Elizabeth Davis and Taylor Moore

Durham: Amelia Ahern, Keia Faison, Daniel Jourdan and Emily Palmer

Forsyth: Samantha Bauer, Olivia Eskew, Stefan Hansen, Courtney Harriott, David Hill, Nicole Lawing, Jiwon Lim, Samantha Luu, Caroline Porter and Brynn Smith

Gaston: Yvonne Nguyen

Granville: Joseph Konstanzer and Sharessa Royster

Guilford: Obafunbi Abimbola, Gabriel Baylor, Madiha Bhatti, Leslie Blake, Schara Brooks, Joël Hage, Jessica Jenkins, Devyn McDonald, Logan Nail, Emily Pelehach, Katherine Simkins, Wendy Song and Laura Wert

Halifax: Hinson Neville

Harnett: Benjamin Blue

Haywood: Meredith Corn

Henderson: Ashley Roy

Hertford: Allen Jones

Iredell: Elizabeth Davis, Savan Kothadia and Mary-Claire Spencer

Johnston: Kathryn Cook

Lenoir: Juliana Saracino

Lincoln: Shelby Sugierski

Macon: Gaitry Aruwani

Mecklenburg: Laida Alarcon, Caroline Conner, Hope Davis, Neelesh Dewan, Holton James Dunville, Katherine Dyer, William Gerhard, Laura Grier, Grant Heskamp, Adriana Iturbide Rodriguez, Katherine Johnston, Avery Keese, Lauren Kowadlo, Conor O’Neill, Neal Patel, Vishalee Patel, Portia Polk, Claire Powers, Lauren Salvia, Megan Salvia, Zainab Shams, Anna Sturkey, Neha Vennekkat, Nicole Welsh, Caroline White, Devin White, Kate Wilson and Amberli Young

Moore: Emily Ott

Nash: Lein Soltan

New Hanover: Kaitlyn Brobst, Kathleen Hayes, Melanie Johnston, Abigail Terkeltoub and Lindsay Wright

Northampton: Kelsey Smith

Orange: Lisa Couper, Christopher Cunningham, Katherine Krantz, Hetali Lodaya, Robert Mook, Hoang My Huu Nguyen, Anneke Oppewal and Camille Sowder

Pender: Hannah Afify

Pitt: Jonathan Laprade and Lisa Owusu-Antwiwaah

Randolph: Rabiah Choudhary, Brooke Foster and Brittany Reeves

Richmond: Kiara Aranda

Rockingham: Lashawn Hart

Rowan: Mary Margaret Mills

Rutherford: Carsyn Butler

Stanly: Hope Wolf

Wake: Risikat Ademola, Natalie Allcott, Pooja Aphale, Swathi Ayyagari, Priya Balagopal, Minhaj Baqai, Ashley Beale, Mary Bitler, Sarah Broadwell, Shalini Chudasama, Jennifer Craven, Kenan Ender, Nora Fritz, Shyra Hall, Alexandra Hammer, Olivia Hart, Nariman Heikal, Anne Holmes, Nguyen Huynh An Le, Janice Lee, Meredith Lewis, Ceewin Louder, Alexandra Montaner, Renee Montpetit, Nikita Patel, Pooja Patel, Sheila Patel, Anna Perry, Grace Peter, Tyson Presnell, Sarah Pruteanu-Malinici, Julia Ramos, Christopher Rota, Matthew Ryan, Gautam Sanka, Farhana Shemna, Simone Trotman, Samantha Tulenko, Priscilla Tutu, Avani Uppalapati, Madhulika Vulimiri, Margrethe Williams, Caitlin Wood, Yiwen Wu, Linda Yang and Alekhya Yechoor

Washington: Sheev Patidar

Watauga: Aidan Berry, Emily Bushman, Kelsey Gustaveson and Emma Seagle

Arizona: Samantha Pfotenhauer

California: Carolyn Jeffries and Savita Senthil

Connecticut: Elise Hopkins, Molly Laux and Marisa Segarra

Florida: Elizabeth Ayers, Patricia Bajuelo, Michelle Bandklayder, Natalie Borrego, Paula Muñoz, Jennifer Neal, Julia Nething, Blake O’Connor, Myrna Perez and Shannon Steel

Georgia: Kelsey Aho, Sarah Barger, Mandy Eidson, Elizabeth Greenberg, Josephine Kooijman, Ellen McKnight, Matthew Meyers, Pooja Mohanty, Kelsey Pan and Courtney Sanford

Illinois: Kathleen Burch, Elizabeth Goslin, Anna Ollinger and Kyle Ann Sebastian

Kentucky: Raymond Barry

Maryland: Kristina Hsieh, Sara Robinson, Kristen Rosano and Margaret Vandeusen

Michigan: Kevin Claybren

New Hampshire: Kendall Nicosia-Rusin

New Jersey: Brittany Newman-Eckert, Kathleen Ughetta, Carlisle Uhlman and Rachel Uhlman

New York: Mykal Adams, Amanda Baldiga, Michelle Brant, Elke-Esmeralda Dikoume, Akilah Ffriend, Madeleine Hindenlang, Daranee Nasongkhla, Alexa Oyague and Rick Vavolizza

Ohio: Christopher Flesher and Hannah Smith

Pennsylvania: Christopher Felix and David Warner

Puerto Rico: Viviana Bonilla-Lopez

South Carolina: Kiaira Reed and Cheyenne Turner

Tennessee: Arthur Guyton and Anna Spickard

Texas: Niaisha Johnston, Ann Scavone and Zoe Wolszon

Utah: Zachary Alexander

Virginia: Samantha Halle, Kelly Mcdermott, Irene Newman, Katie Overbey, Taylor Price and Vishwajith Sridharan

Washington: Jasmine Kreig and Orlando Mendoza

Washington, D.C.: Lindsey Bargelt

Wisconsin: Liz Hawryluk

China: Chenxi Yu

Singapore: Gwen Hwarng


UNC students, faculty, staff and organizations honored with public service awards



Neighborhood engagement, promoting health literacy in the Latino community and expanding interpersonal violence prevention at UNC are some of the projects the University will recognize with 2014 Public Service Awards.

Eleven individuals and organizations representing students, faculty, staff and community partners will be honored Wednesday afternoon at the annual Public Service Awards celebration, sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service.

“Since its founding, UNC has been a university dedicated to public service,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the center. “Through a variety of efforts, the work of these 11 individuals and organizations embodies this commitment, and we are proud to honor them as outstanding examples of Carolina’s engagement with the community.”

William Gentry, assistant director and executive programs director for the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will receive the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honoring his decades-long commitment to disaster preparedness and his impact in the field of emergency management. The award is named for Brooks, a Carolina faculty member and administrator for 40 years, in recognition of a sustained record of community service.

Three Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards will honor individuals and campus units:

  • Richard Goldberg, research associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will be honored for engaged teaching. His students work with community organizations, health-care providers, teachers and job coaches to develop assistive devices for individuals with disabilities that will allow them to become more independent at work, at school, in their homes or int he community.
  • Kathryn Hunter-Williams, a lecturer in the Department of Dramatic Art, will be honored for engaged research for her work on the school-to-prison pipeline. Her project, None of the Above, explores the intersection of race, poverty, educational policies and incarceration through many different voices, including juvenile justice officials and the incarcerated.
  • The Supporting Change and Reform in Preservice Teaching in North Carolina (SCRIPT-NC), an effort of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center will be honored for community partnership with four community college early-childhood programs designed to meet the needs of all children in their communities, including those with disabilities and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

Four individuals and one organization will receive the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, recognizing exemplary public service efforts:

  • Zack Kaplan, an American studies and political science double major, works with the advocacy and outreach team at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill’s historic Northside neighborhood. His goal is to help unify the neighborhood and alleviate the disconnect between students and permanent residents there.
  • Sarah van der Horst, a physical therapy doctoral student, works with Amigas en Salud to provide health literacy and other tools, ranging from exercise classes to nutrition information, to advance the health and independence of underserved Latinas in the Triangle area.
  • Robert Pleasants, interpersonal violence prevention coordinator and adjunct assistant professor of health behavior in the Gillings School, teaches the Leadership and Violence Prevention service-learning course, and he has created the related One Act education program for violence prevention. Each semester, Pleasants places students with community and campus organizations.
  • Kelly Hogan, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology, teaches a service-learning course geared to increase blood platelet donation awareness. Through work with the UNC Blood Donation Center, Hogan’s students focus marketing and education efforts on diverse student groups and the local community.
  • Enrich ESL, a Campus Y committee, provides English tutoring to Chapel Hill’s Latino community, fostering connections and understanding to help address injustices and build stronger communities.

The inaugural Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship will be presented to senior biology major William Gerhard, for his work evaluating the effectiveness of new drinking water infrastructure systems on the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal. He also plans to work with local scientists to create a lab that can assess the effectiveness of water treatment and distribution systems on the island for years to come.

The Davis Projects for Peace Award will be presented to Multilateral Dialogue in the Prokletije/Bjeshkët e Namuna (Accursed Mountains), providing funding for senior geography major Kelsey Aho’s project to foster a multicultural dialogue promoting regional trust and stability.

Five Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships, eight Community Engagement Fellows and 12 North Carolina Outward Bound scholarship recipients will also be recognized during Wednesday’s event.

By Rhonda Beatty, Carolina Center for Public Service.

SMART Mentoring kicks off with mentor/mentee pairing

SMART Match Day 6Pairing UNC students with area youth for positive mentoring experiences is what SMART Mentoring is all about. Recently, 24 UNC students participating in the SMART Mentoring program, part of the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, met their mentees to kick off a year of activities aimed at making a positive difference in the lives of their mentee.

“I am participating in [SMART] because I recognize the positive effects a mentor can have on young people and I would like to be that positive role model in someone’s life,” said Tavaris Baxter ’14, a SMART mentor. “I hope to gain a friend, someone I will be able to continue to have relationship with after I graduate and into his teenage and adult years.”

In partnership with Volunteers for Youth, SMART fosters meaningful mentoring relationships by providing a variety of activities for mentors and mentees, including workshops for study skills and goals setting, and activities like pumpkin painting and community gardening.

UNC students also enroll in two sociology courses to support their service-learning experience.

Learn more about SMART at


Buckley Public Service Scholars Class of 2013

Two hundred and fifty-eight members of the class of 2013 Buckley Public Service Scholars were honored Friday, May 10, at a ceremony in Memorial Hall. Learn more about each scholar and their achievements.


Ninth class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event

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Seventeen individuals, groups honored for public service

University Gazette

Engaging young girls in healthy lifestyles, promoting interventions against interpersonal and relationship violence, and addressing the critical need for clean water are just a few of the public service projects the University honored during the March 26 awards ceremony hosted by the Carolina Center for Public Service. Seventeen individuals and organizations received honors.

“The breadth and depth of the efforts of these students, faculty, staff and University units exemplify UNC’s commitment to public service and engagement,” said Lynn Blanchard, center director. “The work they have done upholds the tradition of connecting the University’s mission of teaching, research and service to addressing practical problems, and we are proud to honor them.”

Stephen Caiola, associate professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service in recognition of his more than four decades of service through UNC Hospitals and the pharmacy school. His role at Carolina “is one of fulfilled service to others, largely through extending health care to every city and town across the state and beyond,” a nominator said.

Named for Brooks, a Carolina faculty member and administrator since 1972, the award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and has promoted the involvement and guidance of others.

After establishing the clinical pharmacy program at UNC Hospitals, Caiola worked with Orange Chatham Comprehensive Health Service to improve health care for the underserved in the community. He also involved pharmacy students as charter members of the Student Health Action Coalition, the oldest health affairs student-run clinic in
the country.

The center presented three Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards honoring service through teaching, research and partnerships:

  • Patricia S. Parker, associate professor of communication studies, was recognized for her work to provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting;
  • Rebecca J. Macy, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was honored for her work on interpersonal and relationship violence, especially in promoting safety and recovery from the trauma of violence; and
  • The Project GRACE Consortium was recognized for its work to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in African-American communities.

Five people and one organization received Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards in recognition of their exemplary public service efforts:

  • Judith Blau, professor emeritus of sociology, was recognized for founding the Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro through her service-learning classes and connections with other campus organizations;
  • Barbara Renner, library services evaluation specialist with the Health Sciences Library, was recognized for expanding the reach of the YOUR HEALTH radio program, produced by the Department of Family Medicine;
  • Camille McGirt, a senior majoring in health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recognized for her work with Healthy Girls Save the World, which promotes healthy bodies, minds and relationships for young girls in the area;
  • Meriwether Evans, a law student, was recognized for her work with the Pro Bono Program, ensuring that people without economic or political means can pursue legal claims and rights;
  • Charlotte Stewart, a law student, was recognized for her work to help found the Orange County Homeless Court, a statewide Veterans Legal Resource Network and the ACLU Voting Rights Education Project; and
  • The Campus Y committee Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment was recognized for its work to promote education to underserved students in the local area.

The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award, named for the late professor of exercise and sport science and longtime member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, honors projects that represent the “service above self” motto of Rotary International.

A Drink For Tomorrow received the award for its work to raise funds and awareness for the global water crisis through Las Cocas Sustainable Water Project in Peru.

Students connect with the community during alternative winter break

The winter break is typically a time when students relax and go home to visit family and friends. But for a dedicated group of students participating in APPLES Service-Learning’s alternative winter break, the idea of rest and relaxation was replaced by a desire to serve others. A group of 10 students ventured to Pembroke, N.C. to serve and learn about rural poverty. Over the course of the five-day trip, they worked with community partners to learn more about the realities and solutions to poverty in a rural setting.

As a co-leader of the alternative break group, Alyssa Wadding ’15 gained valuable experience working with her fellow students and passionate community partners. “This trip taught me a lot about what it means to be a leader and it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what can be accomplished through teamwork and persistence.”

Alternative break experiences provide students an opportunity to engage in efforts to elevate a social issue by engaging in service in a specific community. Students apply what they are learning, about rural poverty, at different sites in the area through direct and indirect service and advocacy work. The impact students end up making spreads deeper as strong and sustainable partnerships are built with the community partners that students work with during their trips.

Wadding appreciated the relationship built among the alternative break group and the community partners. Between meetings with community members, doing direct service work at the local Boys and Girls Club and a food pantry, and learning about the community’s culture, a lasting bond was formed with community partners. “I had the opportunity to work with many amazing people who came together to form a family that shared many meaningful experiences. I couldn’t have asked for better or more passionate community partners.”

A very special aspect of the alternative break process is the reflection portion of each trip. Students spend time reflecting upon their learning experiences both during the trip and following the students’ return. Wadding enjoyed the reflection process because it allowed her time to take a step back and really think about what she experienced each day and how it related back to her purpose for being on the trip. “With the whirlwind of activities it is easy to get caught up in just making it to the next event, so reflections added another dimension to the overall experience and they were definitely worthwhile.”

Office of the Provost Award celebrates university-community partnership

As the nation’s first public university, Carolina has a long tradition of service to the state of North Carolina. Through the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service and the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award, the University proudly recognizes outstanding engaged service and scholarship.

In 2012, the Center established an additional Office of the Provost Award to recognize an outstanding university-community partnership. The inaugural award honored the work of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’s Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Core for focusing on problem solving through model collaborative relationships. Melvin Jackson, program director with Strengthening The Black Family, Inc. said, “In the last decade, UNC has been at the forefront in providing growing support for community-based organizations and leaders who have skills, knowledge and training to be equitable partners in community engagement.”

Alexandra Lightfoot, director of the CBPR Core added that CBPR Core’s project Community Engagement Consulting Models: Taking Them to Scale is a perfect example of responsiveness to community concerns and the development of strong community partnerships within its governance, community and intra-university units. “This award not only recognizes the value of engaged research; it also promotes the expertise of community partners in advancing the work of community-academic partnerships through community-based participatory research.”

“Our academies and communities have mutual visions, values and interests that are better served when we are working together, combining our resources and talents to improve our action and learning as we create a healthier, more just and caring North Carolina.”
~ Mac Legerton, executive director, Center for Community Action