Civic Engagement Awards Presented at Campus Community Mixer

Civic Engagement Awards Presented at Campus Community Mixer
Senior Frances Gonzalez receives the Student Award for Civic Leadership award for her involvement in organizing on-campus forums and presentations.
Perky Vetter of the Cal Poly Pomona Motor Development Clinic accepts the Partnership Award of Excellenc.

The Center for Community Service-Learning and the Inland Empire United Way co-hosted a Campus Community Mixer on May 2 at Kellogg House Pomona. The event included a presentation of the 2006 Civic Engagement Awards, which recognize faculty, students and community partners who have contributed to the community through active participation that provides meaningful service as well as fulfills the university's academic goals.

The Civic Engagement Awards are presented to one faculty member, one student, one student organization, one faculty-community partnership and one community partner. This year's award winners were:

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement — Aubrey Fine, professor, College of Education & Integrative Studies. Fine instructs service-learning courses that allow Cal Poly Pomona students to tutor and mentor students at Kinglsey Elementary School. In addition, Fine coordinates the “Gift of Books” evening where students read and hand out books to children.
  • Student Award for Civic Leadership — Frances Gonzalez, senior Cal Poly Pomona student. Gonzalez has been involved in organizing on-campus forums and presentations, including a women's panel on the civil rights movement and a silent march in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Student Organization Award for Civic Engagement — Honors Club, an organization under the University Honors Program that promotes community service. The Honors Club coordinates service activities for 325 students, from visiting the Children's Hospital of Orange County to volunteering at a homeless shelter.
  • Partnership Award of Excellence — The Cal Poly Pomona Motor Development Clinic. This organization provides movement therapy for children between the ages of 5-13 as well as educating parents on ways to supplement the therapy at home.
  • Community Award of Excellence — Community Wellness Partnership, a nonprofit youth leadership advocacy organization in Pomona. The Community Wellness Partnership has been involved in a food development service-learning course, and collaborated with the university on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Best Buy grant for nonviolence. The group also participated in the campus's Raise Your Voice Campaign to promote service-learning.

The Campus Community Mixer provided an opportunity for more than 65 community partners, faculty, staff and students to meet in a casual, inviting atmosphere.