Story posted April 28, 2011
Seniors Samantha Collins and Sarah Pritzker, and Associate Professor of Education Charles Dorn have been chosen to receive Maine Campus Compact Awards.
Maine Campus Compact (MCC) is a consortium of 18 higher education institutions dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning in higher education.
Heart and Soul Award Winner Samantha Collins '11
Samantha Collins, a Romance languages and Eurasian and East European studies major from Harpswell, Maine, is one of four Maine students selected to receive the Student Heart and Soul Award, recognizing exceptional leadership both on campus and within their community.
After volunteering freshman year on the Common Good Grant Committee, a student-run program that allocates grants to local organizations, Collins became deeply involved in work at the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, where she coordinated Alternative Spring and Winter Break programs, weekend service trips and pre-orientation service projects.
Having grown up in England, Bermuda, and the U.S., Collins channeled her interest in internationalism in myriad ways, including a research project on study abroad programs that include service components, which she compiled into a Web database.
Collins currently serves in a self-designed position at the McKeen Center, where she is currently the International Connections in Maine Fellow. In this position, she concentrates on connecting Bowdoin students to the refugee and immigrant communities in Maine.
The other award winners are Jessica Igoe of Bates College, Cole Leighton of the University of Southern Maine and Stephanie Wilson of the University of Maine-Machias.
Donald Harward Faculty Award Winner Charles Dorn
Associate Professor of Education Charles Dorn is one of five faculty members honored for making public service an integral part of their teaching.
The Donald Harward Award for Faculty Service-Learning Excellence recognizes faculty who integrate community or public service into the curriculum and who work to institutionalize service-learning.
Since his days as a high school teacher 20 years ago, Dorn has employed service learning as a teaching method in a variety of courses, including the Island School Project, established in conjunction with the McKeen Center, in which students travel to small, rural, island communities to explore issues of teaching and learn first-hand about the community.
Students from these schools then come to Bowdoin for an overnight visit, during which they speak with college students, attend classes, and experience campus life in hopes of increasing college aspirations.
As chair of the Department of Education, Dorn encouraged expansion of the field placement staff position into one that also prioritized outreach to community partners, thereby increasing the department’s capacity to meet community needs.
The award is named for MCC founder Donald W. Harward.
Pillars Award Winner Sarah Pritzker ‘11
Sarah Pritzker ’11, of St. Paul, Minn., who was nominated for the Heart and Soul award, received the MCC Pillars award.
Pritzer's dedication to the Common Good is evident in her leadership of Bear Buddies, the student club that works with physically and mentally challenged youth in the Brunswick area, through her involvement in such efforts as coordinating a bike maintenance program during the College's Earth Day activities, in representing the McKeen Center before the Bowdoin Student Government and the U.S. Green Building Council, and in her membership on the President's Climate Commitment Advisory Committee.
The awards were presented April 26 at a ceremony at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.