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Recognizing Community Service
Community Service Directory Awards recognize volunteers whose
individual accomplishments epitomize the enormous community service
enterprise that has developed at Penn and to embrace notable business
leaders, clergy, community members, and elected officials who
contribute to the success of the community service programs listed
in the directory. The awards were given by President Judith Rodin
at a February 15 ceremony and read as follows: "In Recognition
of and Appreciation for your Extraordinary Service and Commitment
to Enhancing the Quality of Life in Philadelphia Communities."
The recipients and how they were described:
Margaret Beale-Spencer, for her distinguished professional
achievements in studies in human development and psychology. She
is director of the Center for Health Achievement, Neighborhood
Growth, and Ethnic Studies and an active volunteer with Start
on Success and the DuBois Collective. Her "spirit and energy
is contagious and clearly ignites all that have had the opportunity
to work with her."
Lee Benson, an emeritus professor and a nationally recognized
leader in shaping the foundation of academic based community service,
"has an outstanding career of research and writing in social
science, and continues to teach courses that prepare today's students
with the tools to build a better society through community service.
He has greatly advanced Penn's educational mission and commitment
to successful community partnerships."
Bogle, for his extraordinary commitment and work in
the community, City and region. As President and CEO of The
Philadelphia Tribune, the nation's oldest African-American
newspaper, "Mr. Bogle worked closely with Penn to help establish
working partnerships with area businesses and organizations to
improve the economic vitality of the community and City."
F. Casellas, Trustee and alumnus, has been a leader in Penn's
efforts of engagement with the community. "He has dedicated
enormous time and energy in guiding the University's West Philadelphia
Initiatives as chair of the Neighborhood Initiatives Committee
of the Trustees. His commitment and leadership to Penn's urban
agenda has resulted in numerous successes helping Penn to become
a national model for establishing successful institutional community
Robert F. Giegengack, for his outstanding work in promoting
academically-based service learning since 1994. He is honored
for his work with West Philadelphia public schools to reduce early
childhood lead exposure, adolescent tobacco use, and asthma triggers.
"His commitment to advancing awareness of social solutions
in children and youth is recognized in the community, region and
throughout the world."
Dana Hork pioneered Penn's successful Change
for Change. "We recognize her excellent work during her
undergraduate term to demonstrate leadership among her peers in
academics, student government, community relations, fund-raising,
Bernard X. James, Sr., "for his distinguished service
in the community and his work with the Center for Community Partnerships
Community Advisory Board and for the nurturing guidance and leadership
he provides at Metropolitan Baptist Church. He has worked with
earnest devotion to shape effective faith-based community service
Florence Johnson, for her extraordinary work with Penn faculty,
staff and students to create meaningful educational relationships
with UCHS students. "Her ardent commitment to fostering demonstrations
of service learning has simultaneously elevated the learning experiences
of her high school students and Penn undergraduates. Her dedication
and commitment to excellence in education has provided a renewed
sense of purpose for the many students and families in our community."
Mapp, for her many years of community service and volunteerism.
"As director of Penn's Volunteers in Public Service, she
has organized numerous drives to support local community and social
service programs throughout West Philadelphia and the City. Her
successful efforts have helped Penn to strengthen its working
relations with our neighbors. She was also instrumental in helping
to create the newest version of the Community Service Directory."
Nwaobasi, a senior in the College, "whose commitment
to the Urban Nutrition Initiative links her anthropological research
with successful efforts to improve the nutritional status of West
Philadelphia students. Her level of commitment to her work has
been exemplary and clearly has helped to make a difference in
the quality of life for the youth and families of our community."
Paul, for his extraordinary commitment to West Philadelphia
as a businessperson and a citizen. "Mr. Paul has provided
support to countless organizations in West Philadelphia. His recent
donation for the establishment of the Lea School library is just
one of his wonderful efforts to help improve the quality of education
in our community."
James R. Roebuck, Jr., "for his vigorous and effective
advocacy for the citizens of West Philadelphia. He has been instrumental
in obtaining legislative grants for West Philadelphia schools
and community organizations."
Thomas, a masters in education student, "has distinguished
herself as an outstanding coordinator for the Program in Universities,
Communities of Faith, Schools, and Neighborhood Organizations.
She played a central role in recruiting coordinators and volunteers
to work in after school programs."
Ward-Gaus, a Penn health educator and a West Philadelphia
resident, "has demonstrated exemplary leadership in her volunteer
role as chair of the PreK-8 school community planning committee.
She continues to be on the front line in helping to improve town-gown
Elsie Wise, on behalf of all community residents who devote
countless hours in service to their neighborhoods by organizing
and strengthening community associations to represent residential
interests. "Ms. Wise, we appreciate your consistent willingness
to work with Penn and all of your neighbors in improving the quality
of life in West Powelton and West Philadelphia."
Jannie L. Blackwell, 3rd District and Majority Leader, a three-term
councilperson "with a 30-year reputation of serving community
members and the poor and underprivileged of our city." She
recently received the "2002 Public Servant Award". Through
her "West Philadelphia On the Move Initiative", she
has "successfully built effective collaborations between
Penn and other neighboring institutions, community organizations,
and businesses to strengthen the quality of life in West Philadelphia."
Paul, Lynda Hart, Lenore Williams
and Robert E. Davies Awards--
Deadline for Nominations: March 15
Association of Women Faculty and Administrators (AWFA) invites
you to nominate candidates for four annual awards to be presented
at our April awards breakfast scheduled for Thursday, April 11,
at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton University City Hotel. Nominations are
invited for the following awards:
Alice Paul Awards, named in honor of Dr. Alice Paul--suffragist
leader, founder of the National Women's Party, author of the Equal
Rights Amendment, and internationally known humanitarian--are
presented to undergraduate or graduate women in recognition of
their outstanding service to women. We particularly wish to honor
those who made contributions to women in the Penn community.
Lynda Hart Award was established in Spring 2001 in memory
of Dr. Lynda Hart, professor of English, mentor to many, and a
moving force behind the Women's Theater Festival. The award seeks
to honor a woman student who has made an outstanding contribution
to the artistic life of the campus.
Lenore Williams Award, in 1984, AWFA received a bequest from
Lenore Williams, wife of former provost Edwin B. Williams. In
her honor, the Association established an award to be given each
year to an outstanding female scholar or leader. Preference will
be given to a distinguished woman, affiliated with the University
of Pennsylvania, whose contributions extend within and beyond
Robert E. Davies Award is in honor of the late feminist and
distinguished Penn scholar. The award will be bestowed on an individual
involved in social change.
your nomination for a particular award, please include the following: