Previous Service-Learning Award Recipients

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2017 Award Recipients

Finn Loendorf, a sophomore physics major, received the Undergraduate Excellence Award for their leadership and substantial contributions to the campus and community through organizations such as Carolina Advocating Gender Equity at the Campus Y and Boomerang, a youth empowerment program in Chapel Hill. Loendorf is also a former participant and student leader in the First-Year Service Corps and APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break programs. Loendorf is from Stanley, North Carolina.

Sonda Oppewal received the Teaching Excellence Award for her development and teaching since 2010 of the course Health Care in Global Context. As part of the course, Oppewal leads an interdisciplinary group of students to spend a week in Tyrell County, North Carolina examining a wide range of factors contributing to residents’ health. Students gain perspective and concrete skills while contributing to the work of their partners through screening older adults for risk of falls, taking blood pressure, conducting home visits, and discussing long-term healthcare and medications.

Robeson County Church and Community Center was honored with the Community Partner Excellence Award. Since 1969, the Robeson County Church and Community Center has involved people across cultural, racial and denominational barriers in partnership with each other to address a wide range of social needs in the community. The organization has partnered consistently with the APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break programs, providing students with substantive opportunities to participate in its work while learning more about social change and the history of Robeson County.

Michael Ulku-Steiner ’92, received the Outstanding Alumni Award. One of the visionaries and members of APPLES’ founding team, Michael Ulku-Steiner has remained dedicated to service through his accomplished career in education. He currently serves as Durham Academy’s head of school, where he also has worked as a teacher, coach and advisor. Ulku-Steiner has stayed connected to APPLES and recently came back as part of the alumni speaker series to talk with current organizers about the early days of service-learning at Carolina and his career in education.

Patricia Parker, department chair and associate professor of Organizational Communication, was awarded the Service-Learning Award in honor of Ned Brooks for a career of engaged teaching and research in social justice leadership. Her experience includes founding The Ella Baker Women’s Center for Leadership and Community Activism, developing a diversity liaison program for the College of Arts and Sciences, and decolonizing organizational communication processes within her research. Parker has taught several popular APPLES courses, including Collective Leadership Models for Social Change.

2016 Award Recipients

Luis Acosta, a junior Chemistry and Global Studies major, received the Undergraduate Excellence Award for his involvement in the S.O.A.R. program at McDougle Middle School. For three years, Acosta has brought science-based opportunities to Latino students through his work with S.O.A.R.

Dr. Sarah Dempsey, associate professor in the Department of Communication, received the Teaching Excellence Award for her excellence in teaching service-learning courses. Since 2011, Dempsey’s service-learning courses Communication and Nonprofits and Globalizing Organizations have been offered six times and have partnered with the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG).

Mae B. McLendon was awarded the Service-Learning Award in honor of Ned Brooks for her career of public service in both government and community-based organizations. McLendon serves as the volunteer services coordinator at Durham County Cooperative Extension, and has worked with the North Carolina Department of Correction, the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC), Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

Alexandra Zagbayou ’09 received the Outstanding Alumni Award for her efforts surrounding sustainable partnerships, student leadership and equity and access in education. She has stayed connected to APPLES through service on the advisory board, as an alumni speaker and supporter of this work.

Farmer Foodshare was honored with the Community Partner Excellence Award for its long-standing partnership with APPLES, hosting interns and volunteers from service-learning courses since 2012. This sustained partnership has provided students with meaningful learning opportunities that impact the community through food systems.

2015 Award Recipients

Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks: Donna Lefebvre
APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award: Community Empowerment Fund
APPLES Teaching Excellence Award: Rachel Willis
APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award: Reena Gupta ’15
APPLES Outstanding Alumni Award: Cindy Cheatham ’91

2014 Award Recipients

Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks: Clair Lorch
APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award: One Act
APPLES Teaching Excellence Award: Hannah Gill
APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award: Hannah Smith
APPLES Outstanding Alumni Award: Robyn Fehrman ’00, ’04

2013 Award Recipients

Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks: Student U
APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award: North Carolina Campus Compact
APPLES Teaching Excellence Award: Maggie O’Shaughnessey
APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award: Wendy Song
APPLES Outstanding Alumni Award: Jason Langberg ’04

2012 Award Recipients

Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks: Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award: The Arc of Orange County
APPLES Teaching Excellence Award: Tiffany Washington ’00
APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award: Maggie Peng
APPLES Outstanding Alumni Award: Jatin Desai ’05

2011 Award Recipients

Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks: Dr. Ron Strauss
APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award: North Carolina Botanical Garden
APPLES Teaching Excellence Award: Della Pollock
APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award: Lauren Brown

2010 Award Recipients

Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks: Campus Y
APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award: BounceBack Kids
APPLES Teaching Excellence Award: Dr. Darcy Lear
APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award: David Baron