Alfred University, Alfred State College hold ceremony recognizing service
Alfred University and Alfred State College recognized students, faculty and staff, and alumni at the 10th annual Celebration of Service Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Union University Church in Alfred.
ALFRED, NY – Alfred University and Alfred State College recognized students, faculty and staff, and alumni at the 10th annual Celebration of Service Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Union University Church in Alfred.
The celebration, a collaborative event hosted by the Gary Horowitz Service Learning Program at Alfred University and the Alfred State College Center for Civic Engagement, recognized the community service and social justice work of all the Spirit of Service Award nominees and presented the 2020 awards to winners in five categories: Alfred University and Alfred State College Student, Alfred University and Alfred State College Faculty/Staff, and Alfred Community.
Corey Fecteau, service learning coordinator at Alfred University, and Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Alfred State College Center for Civic Engagement, welcomed the nominees, their guests, and the attendees and highlighted the meaning of this annual community event, which honors the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of equity, social justice, community, and service.
Keynote speaker for the event was OJ Shepard ’15, coordinator of Intercultural Initiatives at Alfred State College. Shepard spoke about his personal experience with the Alfred community, as well as leadership and service examples from his family, both campuses, the community, and society. He referenced a quote from King – “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love” – while stressing the importance of engagement with and contributions to the communities in which we live, learning from others and applying those lessons to our lives.
The 2020 Alfred University Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award was presented to Jessica Hurlbut ’04, assistant athletic director/senior woman administrator. Hurlbut was honored for her advocacy on behalf of all student-athletes, particularly her leadership with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the SAVE Committee, and her service as a Title IX Deputy.
Other faculty/staff nominees from Alfred University were: Caitlin Brown, instructor and chief curator at Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery, for her ongoing leadership and numerous projects linking the Village of Alfred to both campuses; and Brian Saltsman, director of student diversity and inclusion, for his advocacy on behalf of all students, and especially disabled students and alumni.
The 2020 Alfred University Student Spirit of Service Award was presented to Anastasia Campbell, senior criminal justice major. Campbell was honored for her work with Residence Life, the University Conduct Board, and especially her leadership on behalf of the Institute for Cultural Unity and several associated clubs, such as the Caribbean Student Association and Sister Circle. Other nominees for the Student Spirit of Service Award from Alfred University were: Dillon Smith ’19, a graduate student in College Student Development, for his work as Military Affairs liaison, advocating on behalf of military-connected students and veterans; and Jenevieve Huta, a junior majoring in environmental studies and mathematics, for her work with WILD and encouraging campus and community access to outdoor recreation.
The Alfred Community Spirit of Service Award winner was Lynda Pruski, president of the SPCA serving Allegany County, for her successful efforts on behalf of the organization, its programs, and its new facility. Other nominees were: Amie Acton, for her support of local charities through her business and her political organizing and advocacy work; Kristin Beck ’89, for her local and nationwide advocacy on behalf of the veteran and LGBTQ+ communities; and J. Paul Weaver, for his long and dedicated service to the A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Company.
“Our nominees tonight are on the side of love and justice,” Fecteau remarked, “and we are grateful for the opportunity to honor them all.”