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AU representatives earn 2012 Spirit of Service Award

Alfred University’s Justin Grigg and Julie Illowieki have been named the 2012 Spirit of Service Award winners for their outstanding work in the community by the Alfred Community Coalition.

The Spirit of Service Award recognizes students, faculty, and staff from Alfred University and Alfred State College who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others. The award is intended to honor those who are actively living out the principles that Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service.

Illowieki, a second-year graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling Program, was cited for her outstanding dedication to raising awareness for domestic violence victims. She was instrumental in organizing a drive last fall supporting a domestic violence safe house in Owego after devastating floods damaged much of the building and its supplies. Items collected during the drive included personal care products, children’s books, and toys.

Grigg, a geospatial technology specialist, was lauded for his dedication to uplifting the Alfred community. He is the lead representative of the village’s ongoing program to conduct upgrades on the Village of Alfred’s Main Street. He spends hours volunteering on the project in various roles to ensure that grant money, given by New York State, is used in improvements for the main thoroughfare and throughout the village.

The 2012 awards were presented during last month’s Celebration of Service. The celebration wrapped up Dream Week 2012, which included a variety of service projects and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The Alfred Community Coalition is focused on the interaction of the students and community members in the Village of Alfred. Alfred University, Alfred State College, and the Town and Village of Alfred are each represented and work to reduce high-risk behaviors of students in the community.