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

Chapel Hill, N.C. – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will honor 322 seniors who dedicated themselves to service during their time at Carolina as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 12 to represent their achievement.

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program, led by the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect with others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and coursework designed to make their service more effective. More than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled in the BPSS program, representing 52 out of 77 majors on campus. The 2019 Buckley Public Service Scholars come from 53 North Carolina counties, 23 other states and three other countries. The 322 students graduating in the 2019 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 161,000 hours of service in partnership with more than 1,000 organizations such as the Campus Y, the Compass Center for Women and Families and Carolina For The Kids. The students being honored join the 2,720 past BPSS graduates since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 3,042.

“These outstanding graduates have made service an integral part of their college experience by engaging with communities in ways that both contribute to those communities and enhance their own learning,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “They have made a difference for untold individuals and organizations, and I have no doubt they will take their commitment and what they have learned and continue their contributions far beyond their time in Chapel Hill.”

To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum GPA, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course, attend four skills-training workshops and complete a final reflection activity. Many of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements; 10 students completed more than 1,000 hours of service and one student completed more than 2,000 hours of service.

Alexandra Braccia, a graduating scholar majoring in health policy and management reflected on her experience, noting that “[t]hrough the BPSS program, I have realized the inequalities in my own community and have used it as a driving force to better the lives of those who are marginalized. I now see service as a long-term impact instead of a one-time event. My ambition to impact the lives of others led me to the BPSS program. My aspiration to be a thoughtful leader led me to my lifelong commitment to public service.”

BPSS is supported by the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. Learn more about each Buckley Public Service Scholar in the 2019 BPSS Bulletin.

About the Carolina Center for Public Service
The Center engages and supports the faculty, students and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The Center strengthens the University’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.

Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Lynn Blanchard, (919) 843-7568, blanchard@unc.edu

2019 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by North Carolina county, state and country:

Photos available by request.

Alamance – Evan Walker Davis, Angelica Maria Villanueva

Alexander – Cere Elizabeth Poovey

Beaufort – Taylor Jane Abele

Bertie – Emma Hughson

Brunswick – Callie O’Quinn Hucks

Buncombe – Casey Aurora DeMarco, Suhani Gupta, Briana Juanita Humes, Raquelle LeBlanc, Pooja Patel, Jacob Carter Richardson, Seth Jordyn Weir, Nicholas Wells, Anne Worth, Jane Jung-Ah Yang
Burke – Savannah Kate Putnam, Ciara Marie Smith, Lourdes Velasquez

Cabarrus – Austin Alpern, Evan Joshua Alpern, Mikayla Bowen, Anna Catherine Fowler, Amber M. Goodwin, Madison Brooke Jenkins, Taylor Janvier Medlock, Arnoluck Lucky Prachith, Lily Marie Schwartz, Anna Catherine Silver, Rachel Anne Silver, Katherine Anne Thayer, Lauren Avery West

Camden – Megan Shanell Griffin, Lydia Shiel

Caswell – Jonathan Rashad McCain

Chatham – Marissa Nicole Devine, Yeimi Tomas Garcia

Cleveland – Marian Gabrielle Knotts

Craven – Tala Hong Dunn

Cumberland – Krupa Kaneria, Farial Rahman, Stephen Xiao

Dare – Mary Alice Blackstock

Davidson – Mabry Joye Harrison, Spencer Waters Cooke, MaryKate Murray

Durham – Jordan Rose Bermudez, Laurina Bird, Kendall Conder, Hannah Factor, Mary Katherine Falgout, Alyson Jordan, Leah LeClair, Anna Lin, Sofia Ocegueda, Nadezhda Parashkevova, John Brent Roberson, Mitchell Slentz

Forsyth – Kendall Marie Anderson, Carly Bess Cannoy, Javier A. Chacon, Megan Cruz, Sarah Nicole Kelly, Stephanie Elizabeth Martin, Kelly McNeil, Richard Denton Ong, Corinne Nicole Spencer, Tess Everton Stogner, Anjali Venkat, Israa Wajih

Gaston – Derrick Kane Cooper, Kaelan Patrice Forbes, Adina Girmay

Guilford – Annie Chen, Susan Chen, Angelica Ford, Hannah Godat, Hannah Harrington Gray, Eric Seokjin Hong, Asia DaShay Moore, Pooja Parvathaneni, Ayashe Ramey, Mickaela Kenshe’ Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Smith, Grace Stafford

Harnett – Andrea Doni Hawley, Madalyn Q. Marshall

Haywood – Madison Ryan Robinson

Henderson – Maliha Khan, Mary Claire McCarthy, Janki Patel

Iredell – Addison Elizabeth Troutman

Jackson – Kaitlyn Karcher, Samantha M. Zarnick

Johnston – Jessica Joyce Mencia, Neal MacKendrick Quinn, Kayli Watson

Lincoln – Finn Loendorf, Taylor Brooke Stamey

Martin – Bailey Nelson

Madison – Anna Lynne Zimmerman

Macon – Margaret McAllister

Mecklenburg – Sanah Ahmed, Savannah Jaye Barnwell, Alexandra L. Braccia, Emma Burri, Amy Christine Burton, Abigail Cmiel, Anna Rose DeGrauw, Grace Catherine DeSena, Aanini Dwivedi, Allison Jane Eidson, Laleh Emadi-Paramkouhi, Hope McCleese Gehle, Lauren Glaze, Ana Karen Guerrero De Lerma, Katherine Heffner, Erica Hennes, Jane Elizabeth Henriques, Hira Javed, Ashe Jones, Theresa Marie Jones, Esther Lee, Eleanor Grace Lewis, Christopher Anh Huy Ly, Jodi-Ann McDonald, Kathryn Otto, Asha Patel, Bryanna Patterson, Sonia Payerpaj, Elissa Scherer, Haley Schilly, Mary Selzer, Molina Shah, Sarah Lucille Thames, Jordan Thomas, Thi Vu, Kathryn Ann Wright, Aliyah Hadiya Young

Montgomery – Tania Vargas

Nash – Deshawn Dazevedo, Alexia Lucas

New Hanover – Victoria Drake, Aisling Spencer Henihan, Cecilia Ann King, Maura Lee Kitchens, Evan Linett, Mary Elizabeth Pasquariello

Northampton – Kayela Elizabeth Buffaloee

Onslow – Jerry Fung, Magdalene Christine Horzempa, Hannah Mae John

Orange – Christian Cook, Emma Deschene, Elizabeth Kendrick Essen, Micah Holzer, Grace Seeun Jung, Anna Knotek, Elspeth McWilliam-Grench, Quinn Soleil Osment, Vatsal Parikh, Austin Elizabeth Regnerus, Blaire Sobolewski, Maya Ziva Stang Weinberg

Pasquatonk – Herminio J. Nunez

Pender – Gladys Sanchez, Cole Dalton Smith

Person – Heather Ashley Victoria Swain

Pitt – S. Jessica Bolin, Alexis Hawk, Meghan Aileen Moloney, Amanda Elie Osta

Polk – Sarah Jean Phipps

Randolph – Hanan Raji Alazzam, Manuel Badillo, Miles Farlow, Faith Kidd, Matthew S. Queen, Anne Thomas Whitener

Robeson – Sara Lindsey Barfield

Rowan – Erin Kathleen Ansbro, Caroline Mae Billingsley

Rutherford – Assem Manoj Patel

Scotland – Katie Ashlyn Collins

Stanly – Cassie Briann Almond

Surry – Mackenzie Delaine Ammann, Mary Beth Browne, Jai Angeli Daniels

Union – Sierra Kay Dunne, Mariah Caroline Harrelson, Esther Youjin Lee, Jennifer Yijun Na, Meera Parikh, Lacey Frances Rowan

Vance – Dan’Tayia Kyanna Marable, Justin Lee Williford

Wake – Elijah Allen, Sarah Arney, Azraa Samin Ayesha, Alexander Paul Bianchi, Zachary Burk, Richard Chen, Amy Cohen, Adelaide Rosalie Cooke, Christiana Maria Cornea, Molly M. Crabb, Jonathan Michael Daw, Ashley Morgan Dibbert, Zareen Farooqui, Erin Nicole Floyd, Meghana Ganapathiraju, Katherine Nicole Gora Combs, Atiyah Javeé Hamilton, Kristina Massey Heyward, Isabelle Hirschy, Kylie Marie Hodge, Madison Hurst, Ebahi Ikharo, Vishal Iyer, Pooja Joshi, Muznah Khan, Hoon Kong, Milena Korobkina, Sean Michael Fassberg Kurz, Victoria Kwon, Brennan Lewis, Sabrina Corin Madrigal, Meghan Alyse Malone, Jordan Mareno, Kristin Elizabeth Olson, Kasie Omile, Arielle Patra, Madeline Ray, Robert Gabriel Richter, Ryan Rinehart, Zachary Ripberger, Carolena Robertson, Lyndee Yi Shi, Margaret Smith, Sumati Sridhar, Joanne Mary Thayil, Michael Ward, Shannon Wu, Luann C. Zhao, Xueqi Zhu

Wayne – Natalie Elyse Brown, Jessica Youngeun Lee

Wilson – Brianna Elizabeth Small

STATES:

Arizona – Srinithi Suresh

California – Anna Claire Boyce, Briana King

Colorado – Isabella Courtenay-Morris, Elizabeth Manguso, Courtney Elisabeth Oran, Nikola Yager

Connecticut – Jessica Grace Chen, Alexis K Hartigan, Olivia Ilse O’Malley, Allison Savino, Caitlin Young

Delaware – Derek Mann

District of Columbia – Cassandra Mason

Florida – Dhanesh Rishi Budhram, Erica Maria Garcia, Sarah Sinclair Green, Cassidy Hampton, Valeria Infante, Sancia Noriega, Molly Riesenberger, Eryn Upton

Georgia – Margaux Madison Johnson-Green, Esther Hyeyoung Kwon, Viviane Mao, Vishnu Ramachandran, Isabella Reiss, Rida Shams, Smriti Singh

Hawaii – Tianzhen Nie

Illinois – Zoe Ellyce Brown, Elizabeth Ann Clifford, Keely Ann Kriho, Carolyn Anne Niersbach

Kentucky – Nicole Moore

Maryland – Rachel Allen, Allison Blair, Angum Whitney Check, Lauren Demko, Cassidy Allyn Lynch, Genevieve India Victoria Molyneaux

Massachusetts – Elizabeth Doyle, Bianca Vanessa Rosato

Minnesota – Maureen Desmond, Polly Sjoberg

New Jersey – Ayana E. King, Adesh Ranganna

New York – Anish Bhatia, Mia Collins, Julia Corbett, Jacquelyn Rose Elizabeth Melinek, Olivia Sedita, Kat Tan

Ohio – Allison Anne Carter

Pennsylvania – Pragnya Dontu, Jamie Hutchison, Amanda Claire Simmons

South Carolina – Sarah Dunn Wade

Texas – Alexis Elder, Justin James Pacher

Virginia – Anita Bhavesh Amin, Sreya Atluri, Brandon Randolph Ivey, Sarah Victoria Modlin, Evan Myers, Caroline Elizabeth Taheri

West Virginia – Emilee Nicole Armstrong, Noah Mancuso

Wisconsin – Shivani Kumar

INTERNATIONAL:

China – Yirun Li, Jiacheng Liu, Zeyun Xue

United Kingdom – Constance Elizabeth Longmate, Beni Mathieu

South Africa – Michelle Hugo

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December BPSS graduate reflects on the impact of being a SMART mentor

Hope Gehle, a senior biology major at UNC-Chapel Hill, creates sidewalk art with the eighth grade student she has worked with since 2017 as a part of the SMART Mentoring program.

By Rowan Gallaher and Sarah Leck

As Winter Commencement approaches, senior students find themselves preparing for a new chapter in their lives as college graduates. Among the hundreds of Carolina undergraduates who will receive their diplomas on Sunday, Dec. 16, Hope Gehle, a biology major from Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the 14 who will graduate as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS).

The BPSS distinction goes beyond the blue and white cords that scholars wear around their necks on graduation day. Graduating as a service scholar means a student has obtained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, attended skills trainings and service-learning courses and performed more than 300 hours of public service during their time at Carolina.

For many graduates, including Gehle, it also means something deeper.

“My mission as a Buckley Public Service Scholar is to be a continuous and overflowing vessel of love,” Gehle said.

For Gehle, many of her service hours happened through her involvement with SMART Mentoring, a BPSS program that facilitates mentoring relationships with local middle-school students from low-income communities through its partnership with Volunteers for Youth. It was a perfect fit for Gehle, who knew she wanted to get involved with service even before she arrived at Carolina.

“As I watched my friends tutor and lead high schoolers through other organizations, I sought out opportunities to care holistically for another student,” she said. “SMART Mentoring was the perfect program.”

By May 2019, Gehle will have worked with her mentee from sixth to eighth grade. Executive Director of Volunteers for Youth Susan Worley noted that this consistency is the key to a successful mentoring relationship.

“Hope’s dedication over these last years has been so instrumental in her mentee’s life, who said she didn’t know who she would be without Hope as a mentor,” Worley said.

In addition to her mentoring responsibilities, Gehle also served as a co-chair for the organization. Gehle and her SMART peers worked to create a safe environment where mentees could share and verbally process life’s challenging situations, ranging from body image issues to “far-fetched scientific curiosities.”

Gehle’s experience with SMART Mentoring and BPSS has helped to cultivate her passion for service and inspire her to enter the medical field. Following graduation Gehle will work as a lab assistant in Chapel Hill and hopes to eventually enroll into the UNC School of Medicine.

“I hope to administer my gifts and talents for the entirety of my life— in my relationships and my career. There is always reason to serve and I hope that I would lead my neighbors to serve from the heart as well,” said Gehle.

Together, all 14 BPSS graduates have completed nearly 400 projects with more than 150 community partners. The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) congratulates the BPSS December 2018 graduating class on their hard work and dedication as service scholars.

Anum Imran Honored for Community Service


By Tyler Toohey, Campus Y

UNC-Chapel Hill student Anum Imran has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement. Imran is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, which honors one student leader at each school.

Read more about Anum, a Buckley Public Service Scholars participant.

Finn Loendorf: Commitment to service

By Rowan Gallaher

Finn Loendorf, a senior physics major from Denver, North Carolina, loves science and serving in the community by working with youth. Thanks to the MacDonald Community Fellowship, Loendorf brought these interests together during summer 2018.

Loendorf, a member of Carolina’s inaugural class of MacDonald Community Service Scholars, participated in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program and the First-Year Service Corps through the Carolina Center for Public Service. These experiences led Loendorf to launch an independent service project designed to increase the exposure and interest in science topics among underserved youth in the Chapel Hill area.

Alumnus Scott MacDonald ’72 M.R.P. created the Scott D. MacDonald Community Service Scholarships and the MacDonald Community Fellowship in 2015. The Fellowship provides specialized training and funding for students to identify and implement a public service project with a community partner.

“I believe everyone who has received education and is successful, has an obligation to help others who follow,” said MacDonald. “I also believe people who are in need would benefit from the efforts of socially motivated university students…”

Loendorf agrees. “Helping others is just the right thing to do. It’s everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to make the world a better place.”

As a first-year student, Loendorf tutored with Boomerang Youth Inc., and noticed how tutoring supported students in both their schoolwork and personal lives. During summer 2018, Loendorf continued this work with seven middle-school students by implementing a week-long program, Full STEAM Ahead, that involved coding activities, science experiments and literary arts.

“The students explored science through different exciting activities, such as an aluminum foil boat-making competition, coding LEDs with an Arduino microcontroller, and making rock candy. The students also completed a project where they built a volcano and used scientific properties learned throughout the week to make them erupt,” Loendorf said.

Tami Pfeifer, Boomerang’s executive director, saw Loendorf’s ability to make science engaging for the students and create enthusiasm for the upcoming school year.

“Finn is an outstanding Boomerang volunteer who provides academic support to our students during the school year,” Pfeifer said. “Through Finn’s dedication, commitment and access to resources from the [MacDonald] fellowship, we were able to carry that academic connection into the summer.”

The students ended the week-long camp with a renewed sense of excitement for learning and an even stronger support system. On the surface level, constructing paper-mâché volcanoes is a fun activity, but Loendorf also highlights the value of teamwork and self-expression that the camp facilitated.

“No gesture is too small. The ripple effect of kindness and caring for others can spread in unpredictable and wonderful ways,” Loendorf said.

225 years of Tar Heels: Marjorie Buckley

marjorie buckley headshotMarjorie Buckley co-founded the Carolina Center for Public Service in 1999 to continue the University’s tradition of giving back to the state.

By University Communications

Carolina has a long and proud history of public service, and for the past nearly 20 years, the Carolina Center for Public Service has been at the heart of that effort.

One of the forces behind the center was Marjorie Bryan Buckley, who co-founded CCPS in 1999. CCPS offers programs that support service and engagement, providing students, faculty and staff with ways to explore opportunities, learn new skills and link their academic endeavors to making a difference across North Carolina and beyond.

In 2004, Buckley received the General Alumni Association Distinguished Service Medal, which honors alumni and others who have provided outstanding service to the GAA and/or the University.

“The center is dear to Marjorie because it teaches Carolina students and faculty a truth that has been central to her own life: Each person has talents and resources they ought to offer their community in service,” the award citation noted.

Buckley, who graduated from Carolina in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in education, was also instrumental in establishing the North Carolina Outward Bound School in 1967. She still serves as an honorary board member. Because of her work with the school, Buckley received the Kurt Hahn Award in 1992, Outward Bound’s highest form of recognition.

Buckley also received an honorary degree from Carolina in 2014.

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


 
 
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will honor 307 seniors who dedicated themselves to service during their time at Carolina as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS). Chancellor Carol Folt will address the group at a pre-graduation ceremony 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 in Memorial Hall. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 13 to represent their achievement.

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect with others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and coursework designed to make their service more effective. More than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled in the BPSS program, representing 65 out of 77 majors on campus. The 2018 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represents 49 North Carolina counties, 20 other states and eight other countries. The students being honored join the 2,419 past BPSS graduates since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 2,726.

“BPSS allowed me to use my position as a young woman of color coming from poverty to the benefit of my community,” public policy major Tiffany Turner said. “I developed a voice which I was able to use in communications and marketing for TABLE, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation and Pupusas for Education.”

The 307 students graduating in the 2018 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 130,800 hours of service. To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum GPA, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course, attend four skills-training workshops and complete a final reflection activity. Many of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements; 10 students completed more than 1,000 hours of service and one student completed more than 2,000 hours of service.

Since its inception in 2003, 9,678 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.8 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations including the Campus Y, Compass Center for Women and Families, and Carolina For The Kids. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 78 percent was performed in North Carolina, 11 percent in other states and 11 percent in other countries.

“The 2018 Buckley Public Service Scholars embody what it means to be a public servant,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “For example, over the course of this school year, helping those affected and displaced by natural disasters was a top priority. Students continuously rose as leaders for disaster relief as well as so many other service areas. I am certain they will carry these civic values with them after graduation and will continue to affect positive change in their communities.

BPSS is supported by the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment.

Learn more about each graduate in the 2018 BPSS bulletin.

2018 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by North Carolina county, state and country:

Photos available by request.

Alamance – Natalie R. Charamut, Barbara Cronin, Alexander Murphy Mebane III, Haleigh Elizabeth Prysock

Bladen – Hayley Merrell Hall

Brunswick – Amber Nicole Fulford, Carly Michelakis, Lindsey Diane Welch

Buncombe – Travis Broadhurst, Janki Paresh Desai, Leah Grace Everist, Calli Gabrielle Hamrick, Anna Sophia Whelchel

Burke – Christina Adkins, Anna Lynn Jacks

Cabarrus – Kaylee Kristine Clary, Hiwot Abena Ekuban, Jamie Lynn Gate, Alison Hollis, Emily Hollis, Courtney Ann Nelson, Laura Michelle Perrotta, Sophie Roseanna Plott

Caldwell – Samantha Morgan Houston

Carteret – Marissa Elardo

Catawba – Jennifer Elaine Craft, Sara Carson Edwards, Rachael Sarah Hamm, Jaclyn Tina L’Amoreaux

Chatham – Lindsey Holloway, Leslie Morales, Dana Leah Walker

Craven – Kennedy Jade Adams, Meredith Medlin, Kimlynn Mylan Ngo, Austin Tyler Seamster

Cumberland – Su Hyun Cho, Brian Michael Fields, Linh Huynh, Hanna Kim, Caroline Madison Pope

Davidson – Olivia Marie Bruff, Logan Hartley, Sarah Eva Thomas Sturdivant

Davie – Sydney Caroline Browder

Durham – Chloe Adrianna Brown, Jeliyah Shaquan Clark, Julia Elaine D’Amico, Sreepriya Gayam, Claire Leadbetter, Kevin James Parham

Forsyth – Brittany Jane Aves, Kalli Elainia Bunch, Elizabeth Comtois, Amanda Drabble, Ryan Chandler Fuller, Lauren Marie Gebbia, Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Vanessa Luo, Layla Namak, Sophie Rupp, Deanelle Thompson, Madeleine Valier, Ryan James Weisner

Franklin – Anna Dodson

Gaston – Clara Jane Davison, Erica Allison Day, Rachael Madison Purvis

Granville – Lawrence Alsthon Bacudio, Alexandra Bruton Chura

Guilford – Lauren Elise Beane, O’Malley Bentson, Saumya Goel, Neil Harwani, Jordan Dace Hennessee, Simran Khadka, Rachel Susannah Lempp, Isabelle Rose Morgan, Mona Sajjad, Alexa Pearl Schleien, Clare Mangan Schmedes, Rayad Bin Shams, William Clayton Swords, Tiffany Marie Turner, Treasure Williams, Jessie Winfree, Shan Yu

Halifax – Grace Guo

Haywood – Bailey Garrett Hill, Chloe Elise Zacher

Henderson – Emily Hagstrom, Hollie Anne Rutledge 

Iredell – Hanna Brooks, Philip John Helderlein, Haley Alexis Leazer, Niraja Pancholy, Vinya Posham

Lee – Priya Desai

Lincoln – Rachel Frances Dango, Brittany Dove

Madison – Anna Lynne Zimmerman

Macon – Margaret McAllister

Mecklenburg – Alaowei Amanah, Kimberly Elise Baudhuin, Alison Noel Bonner, Tonesha D’Shelle Curenton, Lillian Ruth Dillard, Caroline Taylor Frame, Alexandra Gaines, Heather Marie Grace, Jacob Ian Greenblatt, Danielle Hall, Emily Hightower, Marquitta Howard, Kay Soonmin Hwang, Olivia Jackson-Jordan, Pambu Kali, David William Katibah, Hariklea Vasilike Kokenes, Jill Catherine Levinson, Allison Marvin, Kavya Lakshmi Menon, Taylor Caroline Newsome, Marissa Marguerite O’Neill, Juhi Shilpesh Patel, Vishwa Ashokbhai Patel, Madison Quigley, Emily Reader, Adam Tucker Sheinhaus, Gwendolyn Renee Smith, Ella Marie Smoak, Katherine Jill Starr, Domenica Kamille Vargas Bitar, Emma Watts, Kristin Weiss, Tori Wentz, Laura Elizabeth Wenzel, Claudia Yatzkan, John Paul Zalaquett

Moore – Christiana Boals

New Hanover – Elaine Marie King, Joseph Francois Marie Maitre, Mimi Tran, Aidan Ray Walker, Helen Xiao 

Onslow – Kalina E. Taylor

Orange – Agustin Baler, Sarah Costello Dwyer, Erika Rubi Franco Quiroz, Nico Christian Krachenfels, Samuel Elliot Krause, Emily Kupec, Doreen Edith Nalyazi, Grace Porter, Nathaniel Pritchard, Frances Reuland, Alexa Schulte, Jasmine K. Sun, Claire Elizabeth Weintraub, Sarah Judith Wright

Pasquatonk – Anna Elizabeth Robertson

Pender – Patricia Whalen

Person – Princess Ariana Majors

Pitt – Ashish Thakurdas Khanchandani, Erin Kelly Naziri, Abigail Rae Needell, Karen K. Saeed, Jacob Benjamin Stocks, Ushma Uday Vaidya

Polk – Bridget Grace Gallagher

Robeson – Yasmin Hill, Danielle Renee Smith

Rowan – Rebecca Marie Agner, Alex Billingsley, Katelyn Laine Buffett, Katherine Lukens Grant, Victor Pereira, Jordan Wise

Stanly – Adrienne Soraya Hill

Surry – Nicole Ashley Defreitas, Emily Grace Lowe, Chandler Jayne Musson, Sydney Anne Peavy

Union – Megan Balentine, Adrienne Solange Bonar, Mishelle Angela Duran, Desirae Delgado Fewell, Madeline Claire McGee, Meredith Blake Sumrell 

Wake – Keerthi Surej Anand, Aditya M. Anerao, Rachel Anne Bailey, Olivia Grace Bane, Sarah Bass, Mary Grady Burnette Bell, Laura Elizabeth Brady, Emily Browning, William Michael Buddendeck, Samuel Kevin Chao, Elizabeth Ciociola, Madeline Cooke, Cayla Lauren Culbreth, Anne Yichen Feng, Andrea Marie Fitzgerald, Miranda Hope Foster, Alexander James Gartland, Sarah Elizabeth Gee, Abby Gostling, Pallavi Gulati, Shelly Guo, Anne Marie Hagerty, Emily Haston, Charlotte Hopson, Allison Horn, Rachel Eve Horowitz, Jessica Hongchelle Hu, Vishal Iyer, Nupur Jain, Kaelin Elizabeth Kennedy, Charity Lackey, Naomi Lahiri, Kelsey Leigh Mason, Griffin Andrew Morehead, Aimee Qin Murphy, Ami Patel, Paulina Powierza, Arunima Punjala, Sahana Raghunathan, Carolyn Day Rapp, Megan Frances Sefler, Shatakshi Shekhar, Jonathan Smith, Rachel Tan, Shannon M. Thompson, Nelya Topa, Paige Emily Trexler, Roshni Verma, Luyu Wang, Meghan Whitney

Watauga – Maia Ravyn Yarborough

Wayne – Lindsay Ann Player, Myra Noor Waheed

Wilson – Michael Hayden Vick, Shelby Victoria Anderson

STATES:

Arizona – Radhika Arora, Gabrielle Rose Geenen

CaliforniaCaeli Morgan Harr

Colorado – Allison Karen DeSarro, Cesar Victor Rodriguez

ConnecticutAlexis Lin, Mark Molinaro

Florida – Lorena Gan, Melissa A. Holmes, Niveditha Jagadesh, Martina Knechel, Terri Long, Analisa Sorrells, Alex Sun

Georgia – Mackenzie Bogiages, Isatta Feika, Bridget Evelyn Johnson

Illinois – Marisa Sclafani

Indiana – Lindsey Faye Wells

Kentucky – Caroline Christine Folz

Maryland – Andrea Jacqueline Barnes, Sarah Ann Benecky, Aryana Bolourian, Adrianna Lopaczynski, Holly E. Ozgun, Carolyn Reuland, Alexus Roane, Kathryn Ashley Turner 

Missouri – Justin David Cole

New Jersey – Snehal Parik

New York – Lindsey Elizabeth Barden, Claire Boyd, Samantha Espada, Ruby G. Patel, Michela Jaye Schillinger

Pennsylvania – Kristen McGreevy, Nyla Numan, Saleha Rana, Caitlin Ann Rosica

Rhode Island – Magdalena Alexandra Rainey, Nicole Trupiano

South Carolina – Ariana Janae’ Rivens

Tennessee – Kelly Liu

Texas – Shelby Victoria Anderson, Catrin Corrie, Karla Guadalupe Garcia, Daverian Travun Williams

Virginia – Nia Fay Cox, Nicholas Robert Jennings, Holly Elizabeth Johnson, Kaelah Sheldonia Pou, Natalie Morgan Radford, Klio Nicolette Stroubakis, David Bao Tang 

West Virginia – Jamie Rose

INTERNATIONAL:

Brazil – Andre Ceccotti

United Kingdom – Lauren Eaves

South Korea – Grace Han

Canada – Renuka Koilpillai

China – Xiaoqian Niu

Russia – Olga Prokunina

Germany – Cathleen Annelies Rueckeis

Italy – Emily Ann Venturi

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Tiffany Turner’s journey from needing food to a life passion for alleviating food insecurity

By Charlotte McArthur

Tiffany Turner works to alleviate food insecurityMost Mondays for the past four years, Tiffany Turner could be found sorting cans and packing food boxes at TABLE. She did this because alleviating food insecurity is a passion born from personal experience. Now a senior majoring in public policy and minoring in social and economic justice, and marine science, Turner exemplifies the essence of Carolina community involvement through her passions for service, teaching others the value of healthy eating, and providing scholarships and opportunities to undocumented students.

Turner, a 2018 graduate from Greensboro, North Carolina, spent her time at Carolina serving the community as a Bonner Leader and Buckley Public Service Scholar participant and was awarded an inaugural Scott D. MacDonald Community Service Fellowship. Since July of 2017, she has served as the executive director for the nonprofit Pupusas for Education. Pupusas for Education is the sister venture to So Good Pupusas, a food truck and catering company started by a UNC alumna that uses its profits to provide scholarships to undocumented students.

“Nonprofits touch every person’s life in some way, shape or form, and for me, they had a particularly strong impact,” Turner said. “When I was younger, I had a big sister from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program and received weekly food bags from food pantries. As soon as my family was in a more financially stable situation, I began to do my part to pay it forward and help organizations think through how we could take their impact to the next level.”

Turner said that while she is grateful for the role nonprofits played in her life, she often felt frustrated about the lack of representation in their staff and the way in which nonprofits approached their work.

“Many of the food pantries that served weekly meals were not thinking much about culturally relevant and appropriate foods, and I wanted to change that thinking,” Turner said. “Once I started this work, I knew it was the work that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Tiffany Turner volunteers at TABLEIn addition to participating in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, Turner served in the Campus Y’s Bonner Leaders program where she worked with community partner TABLE to alleviate food insecurity in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. In the summers after her sophomore and junior years, Turner was a fellow in the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Fellowship and later served as the food systems team senior fellow. In class, Turner connected the dots between her community work and academics through two APPLES Service-Learning courses, Nonprofit Consulting and Public Policy Clinic, and Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change.

“If it were not for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program and the Bonner Leaders program, I may not have settled on a major course of study that aligned with my values and passions — public policy,” Turner said. “I can attribute much of my success in college to these two programs and the people behind the scenes who believed in me and encouraged me.”

Turner added that she is happy to have helped change the dominant narrative in the spaces that she has been in and has worked to ensure that the voices that needed to be at the table were heard. The community was always at the forefront of her work.

“Overall, I think I have grown so much from these experiences,” Turner said. “In teaching others about healthy eating, I also learned about it myself. In working to fight for equity in education for undocumented students, I’ve grown closer to the students we’ve worked with and learned much about mentorship. In all of these things, I have become more vocal and less afraid to speak up for what I believe in.”

After graduation, Turner plans to stay with Pupusas for Education for the summer to pilot a Summit and Fellowship program for undocumented students. In August, she will move to New York City to conduct a yearlong fellowship at FoodCorps, a nonprofit on a mission to work with communities to connect kids to healthy food in school, through the Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship program. Turner plans to return to North Carolina after her fellowship year with hopes of continuing her work with Pupusas for Education, taking part in another nonprofit program or attending graduate school.

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Passion for giving back connects student and alumnus on a common mission

By Catie Armstrong

Teaching, research and SERVICE. That is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s mission. A commitment to this mission is what Tori Dunlap, a first-year student, and alumnus Donald Ubell have in common.

Don Ubell creates Ubell Community Service ScholarshipSince graduating from Carolina in 1967, Donald Ubell has been giving back to communities throughout the country and to Carolina. An attorney living in Charlotte, Ubell has spent his career working with state and local governments and institutions of higher education, including UNC-Chapel Hill as its bond counsel since 1986. “Community service is a subset of public service,” Ubell said. Now, he is building on his legacy as a public servant by establishing the Ubell Community Service Scholarship with hopes of inspiring fellow Tar Heels to find their passion, and skill, in service and then “multiply the effect.”

Community service scholarships are offered to a select group of service-oriented students who receive a $5,000 annual tuition scholarship. Through the Carolina Center for Public Service, scholars participate in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program which provides training, mentorship, opportunities and structure to build knowledge and skills related to their particular service interests.

The inaugural Ubell Community Service Scholarship went to Tori Dunlap, a human development and family studies major also from Charlotte. Long before Dunlap came to Carolina, she engaged in public service. But when tragedy struck her life, Dunlap said that she truly learned what it meant to rely on others for support.

Ubell Scholar Tori Dunlap“I became an orphan at the age of sixteen,” Dunlap said. “So I know what it looks like to rely on the community surrounding you for support in various areas of life.” Dunlap’s community gathered to support her. Today she gives back to honor the impact others had on her life.

Ubell, who also supports the Carolina Covenant, understands the importance of scholarship and service. “The Community Service Scholarship seemed to be something that went beyond the Covenant to inspire students to give back to the community. My thought was that Carolina was leading again by creating these scholarships to help train students in community service and to be leaders in community service once they graduated.”

Dunlap added that the Ubell Community Service Scholarship enables her to attend UNC without the burden of financial worry. That, in turn, allows her to engage in public service at UNC, multiplying the effect. She is involved in the First-Year Service Corps and works with Student U, an organization in Durham that provides students with the resources necessary to help them excel in middle school, high school and college.

“I am passionate about community service because I have been extremely impacted and even reliant on acts of service in recent years,” Dunlap said. “I believe it is really important for people, who have the advantage of knowing the personal effects of reliance, to respond accordingly to needs in their communities.”

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Service experiences lead to dream career for senior Analisa Sorrells

For Analisa Sorrells, a December 2017 graduate from Windermere, Florida, time in service at UNC led her to her dream career path – one of giving back and helping others.

Analisa Sorrells volunteering at TABLE“When I arrived at Carolina, I immediately got involved with Tar Heel TABLE and the Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) program,” Sorrells said. “I was set on studying nutrition. I was fascinated by food and how it impacted our health and our livelihoods. I took an entire first year of prerequisites – anatomy and organic chemistry in all – before a few experiences that completely changed my academic and career course.”

Those experiences were in service.

The summer after her freshman year, Sorrells interned with Feeding Children Everywhere, an Orlando nonprofit that provides healthy meals to those in need. “I learned more about the startling reality of childhood hunger – both domestically and internationally – and about the various nonprofits and organizations working to end it,” Sorrells said.

“When I returned to UNC for my sophomore year, I took on a larger role in Tar Heel TABLE, learning more about hunger that existed right outside my dorm window in Chapel Hill.”

At the same time, Sorrells also enrolled in her first public policy class. “I took the class on a whim and fell in love with the material. For the first time, I learned about more than just the social problems facing our world – but about the possibility we each have to make a positive impact on them through our careers and through service. I changed my major to public policy and never looked back. After taking the APPLES service-learning course on nonprofit consulting and serving as a board member for TABLE, my interest in the nonprofit sector was solidified.”

During her sophomore year, Sorrells also participated in an APPLES Service-Learning alternative winter break where she was introduced to the concept of learning outside of the classroom. She engaged in hands-on service in the Asheville community, meeting with community leaders, local government agencies and nonprofits connected to hunger and homelessness.

“I was able to grasp the issues at hand more deeply than ever before,” Sorrells said. “This experience encouraged me to enroll in APPLES service-learning courses and continue pursuing skills trainings through BPSS, as they completed my undergraduate experience in a way that traditional coursework never could.”

During the summer of 2017, Sorrells partnered with EducationNC through the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Fellowship. She worked on the early childhood team and learned more about the importance of early childhood education, nonprofit management and social justice. Her project with EducationNC combined her interests in education and nutrition, allowing her to study and report on summer meal programs in North Carolina.

After her fellowship, EducationNC offered Sorrells a position as a reporter and executive fellow for the spring of 2018. Now with more than 300 service hours under her belt through BPSS, APPLES and TABLE, Sorrells said that this position is a perfect fit for her interests.

“It allows me to work in a nonprofit organization that I believe is striving to make North Carolina a better place for all,” she said. “I will travel across the state and meet with various leaders and change-makers, as well as report on pressing issues in education and public health. I look forward to taking the lessons I’ve learned inside and outside of the classroom at Carolina and put them into action with my role at EducationNC.”

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Public service trainings connect students to community organizations

By Becca Kronebusch

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS) strives to provide students with various diverse, specialized training opportunities within the community. One recent training partnership between BPSS and the YMCA of the Triangle taught students on how to effectively protect children from abuse through the Stewards of Children program.

Ryan Nilsen, program officer for the Carolina Center for Public Service, said there was a great deal of interest in training programs promoting child safety.

“It was a great fit because we have so many students looking for trainings and so many of those students are working directly with children,” Nilsen said.

Meredith Stewart, YMCA Child Safety and Program Risk Meredith Stewart, director of Child Safety and Program Risk at the YMCA, is a passionate advocate for Stewards of Children and leads most training sessions. In her training sessions, Stewart shares that one out of every 10 children is sexually assaulted in the United States. Learning about how to protect children in our community is paramount to ending child abuse.

“The sexual abuse of children is preventable, and I might have some information… that, if shared with other adults, can save a child,” Stewart said. “It is my responsibility to share this education with others so that children are protected and cared for and we, as a community, grow the next generation of healthy adults.”

Training sessions cover the five steps of protecting children: learning the facts, minimizing the opportunity, talking about it, recognizing the signs and reacting responsibly.

BPSS student Julia Corbett, a junior public policy and economics major from Somers, New York, said she participated in the training because as a camp counselor and babysitter, she cares about the children she interacts with.

“The most beneficial part of the training for me was the video interviews with survivors of child sexual abuse,” Corbett said. “Their stories were revealing and informative, and it helped me understand how abuse happens, what it looks like and its impact on children and survivors.”

Stewart also said she values the partnership between BPSS and Stewards of Children. One of her favorite parts about these sessions is meeting different people and learning from them.

“The story of child sexual abuse is not mine alone to tell,” she said. “I am just a messenger and teacher of prevention and awareness. I always say the best way to learn something is to teach it so I will keep teaching and learning… to change the statistics on child abuse.”

Stewards of Children will continue to partner with BPSS to train more students to successfully advocate for all children. The program also has community training sessions in various locations across the Triangle. Visit the YMCA of the Triangle to learn more or register for a community training session.

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