September 2014 Winners
Liz kicked off this past summer volunteering as a Facilitator for CMU's Leadership Camp. LCamp is a program that invites high school juniors and seniors to campus for a three-day experience to learn about the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Liz, with her partner Meech, had two groups of campers over the course of several weeks. The two volunteered countless hours preparing for their campers making plans and modifying their activities to ensure that any student at any ability could participate and enjoy their experience. Not only did she serve as a facilitator for LCamp, but she also dedicated hours weekly during her spring semester to the training committee preparing first year facilitators for the Lcamp experience.
Liz ended her summer with a bang serving as a Core Guide for the Leadership Safari program. She served an incredible amount of time and expended personal energy training and developing Leadership Safari Guides. She was the core guide to around specifically one dozen guides ensuring that they were in the right places, at the right time and that all of their participants had their needs being met. Liz often would drive her Guides participants across campus when they were feeling sick, simply forgot their glasses, or had any other need you could think of!
Liz started off the fall semester with an Alternative Breaks Board Member Retreat where she will serve as a Site and Service Development Co-Chair planning service and housing across the country for Alternative Breaks. What makes Liz such an outstanding role model is not the work that she does, but the way that she goes about her work. She is humble, hard working, and committed to social change all while showing incredible amounts of love, thoughtfulness and selflessness to the people and groups she is working with.
Ty Hicks & Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Ty is a passionate advocate for justice, and has recently started the Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) RSO to promote awareness of the human rights violations currently taking place in the country. The group is new to campus but already creating a stir and getting people involved in the cause for justice around the world!
L.E.A.D. stands for Leadership, Education, Extra Curricular, and making a Difference. This organization dedicates time to mentoring students at CMU to acheive their goals. They volunteer many hours a week to provide a positive, growing relationship in a student's life. There have been many students who have said that they are not close with their families and that they do not have a positive mentor in their life and that their L.E.A.D. mentor has provided it for them!
October 2014 Winners
Kelsey dedicates her time to the Volunteer Center each week. She is a front desk volunteer in the office and goes above and beyond with the service she dedicates to guests who are coming in, as well as any staff members who need help with various tasks.
The 14th Annual Issue Day conference was on November 8th and Kelsey offered a hand to the Special Events Student Coordinator, On-Site Service Student Coordinator, Special Events Committee, and the Graduate Supervisor organized the conference.
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega sorority has an evident passion for their philanthropy, the Isabella County Women's Aid Service. The Women's Aid Service provides safety and empowerment to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to work to eliminate sexual victimization and domestic violence through shelter, support, advocacy, treatment, education and social change.
Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness, Alpha Chi Omega has hosted a wide variety of events throughout campus to educate CMU students, faculty, and staff to spread awareness about domestic violence. Some events that have been organized include their bi-annual spaghetti dinner, whose proceeds went towards the Women's Aid Service, a "Hands are For Holding" campaign outside of the Bovee University Center, in which people painted their hands purple and placed their handprint on a canvas, and hosted Jessica Yaffa, an author, speaker, and advocate for domestic violence awareness, to speak in Plachta Auditorium.
Ben started the first ever Special Olympics Unified Intramural league at Central Michigan University which brings together Special Olympics athletes and CMU students on teams together creating friendships on and off the field of play. Ben has been the student leader of this project; he recruits students, coaches a team and even participates. Ben works closely with the students and his enthusiasm for the program is shown when he speaks about the program. Ben has started this league and grown it to reach other groups on campus creating an inclusive environment in the world of CMU University Recreation.
January 2015 Winners
Gamma Iota Sigma
Gamma Iota Sigma is a professional actuarial science fraternity, but they have made service an integral part of membership in the organization. They have received the Dow Gives Grant in the past for their volunteer efforts, and also volunteer at many other events each semester and year.
Among the events they have volunteered with this year are Commission on Aging's leaf-raking project, the recent daddy-daughter dance, and will also be serving at Sibs Weekend this coming week as they have for the past few years. GIS goes out of their way to integrate service into the core of their group.
Peiran is an international student who last semester got involved with Service Ambassadors for the first time. She returned many times over the semester always so eager to learn about social issues and meet people. Peiran was always had a smile on her face and such a happy spirit about her that she could get along with anyone. She was so impacted by the trips, service, atmosphere and people she served; she has the heart and passion to many incredible things and will no doubt touch many lives.
Alexandra Paige Jackson
Allie Jackson became a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the national honorary theatre fraternity in the Fall of 2013 and very soon found herself on the E-Board the next year due to her undeviating commitment towards progressing APO to be a fraternity dedicating to serving others and to follow its motto "seek a life useful." This past semester, Allie has been an upstanding example of leadership within the fraternity acting as both Business Manager and the Philanthropy Committee head.
Last year Allie participated in the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics for APO. APO's philanthropy committee last semester raised $130 to be donated towards the It Gets Better Project as well as the local Broadway Community Theatre in Mount Pleasant. In addition to leading multiple fundraisers to raise this money, Allie also has organized multiple service projects for the fraternity, such as trips to the Humane Animal Treatment Society.
Allie is also a member of Trap Door Improv, University Theatre's Improv performance troupe. As a leader of this troupe, she has also organized contributions to various charities. Trap Door has collected donations at their free improv performances to go towards Relay For Life Teams, performed at Relay For Life at CMU, and put on an entire night of performances in an effort to collect donations for Hilarity For Charity, a charity dedicated to helping fund Alzheimer's Disease.
Kim Voisin is the Assistant Director of Residence Life for the Towers Complex and is deserving of the Volunteers Are Central award for her dedication and commitment to leadership development for CMU students. Kim helps to coordinate Leadership Camp, which is a 3-day program where high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to explore the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. She is extremely passionate about this program and developed it to the place where it is today.
She also works as the advisor for Residence Hall Assembly, the governing body for students who live on campus, and makes a conscious effort to empower students to their highest potential as leaders, scholars, and citizens. Kim is an experienced facilitator of Franklin Covey's "7 Habits for Highly Effective College Students" workshop and works with two undergraduate students to put the workshop on around the academic year for Office of Residence Life student leaders, student athletes, and many others. Kim is deserving of the Volunteers Are Central award for her dedication to empowering CMU students to be the best versions of themselves.
Katie is an extremely passionate CMU student! She goes out of her way to make sure everyone she interacts with feels appreciated and valued. Katie is a Core Guide for the Leadership Safari program, a Lunch Buddies Site Coordinator, a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a LeaderShape participant, an Alpha Leadership Experience facilitator, a Student Manager at the Student Activities Center, an Alternative Breaks participant, and regularly volunteers with organizations in the community like Special Olympics Michigan.
Katie represents the Volunteers are Central award because she makes service a priority every single day. She is extremely passionate about the social issues of Youth and Persons with Disabilities. She was a participant on the Refugee Resettlement Alternative Winter Break this past December and was able to create meaningful and powerful bonds with the students who she worked with at the International Community School.
February 2015 Winners
Stephanie is a site leader for the Alternative Breaks program and has participated on an International Alternative Break last month to Belize and worked with the issue of Nature Conservation. She is a Lunch Buddies Site Coordinator at Shepherd Elementary School, a member of local service sorority Zeta Theta Pi, and a Leadership Safari guide. Stephanie has dedicated her time at CMU to helping others and is extremely passionate about volunteerism.
She had a service learning experience last Spring in LDR 320: Non-Profit Leadership with the Community Compassion Network and now works with their social media and marketing outreach!
Leah is a mother of two, a full time student and a working woman yet she makes time almost every Friday to attend Service Ambassadors. Her reasoning is to prevent people from going through experiences she has been through.
She has turned negative things in her life to something positive by giving back to her community every week. She comes with a great spirit ready to dive into service every week.
Brynn is an outspoken feminist and advocate for gender equality. She has helped to organize many Speak Up Speak Out events, encouraging dialogue on campus for various social issues, and has been on many of the panels herself including a recent one on sexual assault. She is an involved activist and works hard to promote social change.
March 2015 Winners
Lindsay Barron has been an active Big Sister volunteer for three years. She was recently named Big Sister of the Year for Isabella County and received, along with her spouse, the Live United award for Big Brother/Big Sisters of Isabella County.
Lindsay believes strongly in the values of the organization and takes every opportunity to share her life with her little sister. She has gained as much from the experience as her 'little sister' and doesn't view it as a volunteer experience but rather a regular part of her family life.
Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is CMU's only co-ed service fraternity that is nationally recognized and works in four areas of service: nation, campus, community and within the fraternity. In the Fall 2014 semester with just 24 members, APO completed over 1,200 service hours inside and out of the organization focused on all four areas of service.
They have hosted multiple blood drives and events on campus, provided fundraisers for a variety of philanthropies within the Mt. Pleasant community, and have worked with multiple organizations on campus.
With their three main principles of leadership, friendship and service, Alpha Phi Omega has shaped CMU students into leaders and provides them with a pure CMU experience.
Zak started the RSO Care*Share*Connect at CMU as a continuation of a program he started in high school. This program works with the Village of Rosebush Manor residents and helps them with technology.
This allows the residents to stay in touch with their family and friends via Skype and email. He is trying to expand his program by collaborating with the Adopt-A-Grandparent program.
Marciella is a leader on campus who not only is president of the only multicultural sorority on campus but she also serves as a leader of the new group Latino Empowered Union on campus.
Jade started coming to Service Ambassadors on our second trip of the semester and has been every week since. She is a wonderful addition to a group, so friendly, so welcoming and so positive. She is always smiling and ready to get to work. She is always willing to share in group discussions and reflection activities. Jade is a fantastic Service Ambassador.