Story posted April 30, 2008
Ian Yaffe '09, of Rockville, Md., was chosen to receive the Maine Campus Compact's 2008 Student Heart and Soul Award.
The award, now in its seventh year, honors students who have demonstrated a commitment to using campus-based resources to address community needs.
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.
MCC cites Yaffe's work in creating Food Forward, an organization that helps ensure food security for mid-coast Maine residents, and commends him for seeking to meet community needs, promote community change and educate.
MCC says these three goals, in addition to the program's tangible results, exemplify the ability of dedicated Maine college students to be forces for positive change both on their campuses and within their communities.
"This award honors Ian's exceptional leadership in turning Bowdoin's campus and community into places of democracy," says Liz McCabe Park, executive director of the Maine Campus Compact.
In being selected for the state award, Yaffe became a finalist for the Howard Swearer Student Humanitarian Award, presented by the National Campus Compact.
The Student Heart and Soul award was presented at the Maine State House April 2, 2008.
Other student honorees were Jessica Adelman of Bates College; Asherah Cinnamon of the Maine College of Art; Danielle Demers and Man Ho, both of the University of New England; and Khadra Jama and Becki Quimby, both of the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston/Auburn College.