August 20, 2014  

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Center for Community and Civic Engagement Hands Out Annual Awards

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The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at the University of Southern Mississippi has recognized four students with this year's CCCE Service award. The students selected are Lindsey Pellittieri, Amber Hammons, Ned Nelson and Tyler Meador.

Pellittieri is a dedicated member of Campus link  AmeriCorps.  She also participates in many volunteer opportunities on campus such as Autism weekend and summer camps and has participated in 4 alternative break trips

Hammons is a Luckyday scholar who started the organization Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. This organization ensures that all students have a safe learning environment and protects student’s constitutional rights despite gender, sexual orientation or any other form of discrimination. Amber also volunteers at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and serves on the Sociology Club.

Nelson serves as the president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Ned was also responsible for organizing the tornado cleanup efforts, which involved almost 1000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. He is also a strong advocate for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life

Meador is a part of the Golden Eagles Intertribal Society (GEIS), which promotes Native American presence on campus. Tyler also helps raise awareness of LGBT issues on campus as well volunteers at the Shafer Center Crisis as a counselor for domestic violence victims.

The office also recognizes student groups that are engaged in service within the community. This year the service award for student group will be presented to Training, Resources and Information for the Advancement of Disability services (TRIAD) AmeriCorps program. The program has provide services to high school students with disabilities to help focus on the next step in life be that college, work or service. Also they educate professionals who work with the youth on issues of disabilities.

 The CCCE service awards also include faculty or staff that have been committed and engaged in service. This years faculty recipient for the service award is Dr. Barry Cumbie. Last semester Cumbie’s Production & Operations Management class (MGT 465) took on a Service– Learning project with the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store. After putting in many hours at the store working alongside employees and volunteers, the students formulated and presented ideas back to The Salvation Army. The ideas were then put into action and the student’s work made a real and positive impact in the store’s operations by bulk sales of non-utilized inventory.

Community partners are essential to providing service opportunities for students. The service awards also recognize each year a community partner that has worked with our center to provide opportunities.

This year the award will be presented to Sharon Miles of Hawkins elementary school. Our office has worked consistently with Hawkins school through the AmeriCorps program allowing students to mentor at the school. Sharon has been very helpful in allowing our student to continue the volunteer service they do at Hawkins.