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Ginsberg Center bestows service and social action awards

The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning presented awards to several recipients April 1 for service on campus and in the community.

Outstanding Faculty Member awards went to Larry Gant, associate professor of social work, for his work involving social work students in southwest Detroit; John McLaughlin, research associate and lecturer with the English Language Institute, for work with students involving migrant farm workers; and William Schultz, professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, for work as faculty adviser to and site leader for U-M Reach Out!

Winners of the Outstanding Campus Impact award were: Civic Mapping Team, for identifying civically engaged student organizations; Radical Arts Collective, for using art as a tool for discussion and expression of social issues important to students; Monique Perry, for her work with the Michigan Student Assembly, NAACP, Students Supporting Affirmative Action (SSAA) and the Black Student Union; Justin Peterson, for organizing the U-M Community Justice Council; Ingrid Spangler, for work with Alternative Spring Break and Dance Marathon; and Pete Woiwode, for work with SSAA, Anti-War Action, Voice Your Vote, the MLK Symposium and other social justice organizations.

Outstanding Community Impact Awards went to Community Consulting Club, for involving business students in consulting with local nonprofit organizations; U-M Reach Out!, for providing hands-on science clubs at public housing and elementary schools as well as one-on-one academic mentoring for older students; CJ Johnson, for his work as a volunteer mentor at Scarlett Middle School through U-M Reach Out!; and Christine Sauve, for her work with Holbrook Community Garden, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Anti-War Action! and Alternative Spring Break.

The Outstanding Center Impact award went to Tim Reed for his work as a participant and student leader in SERVE and Project Community, and for his work with the Civic Mapping Team.

The Outstanding Staff Member award went to Elizabeth James for working with students as program associate at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

The Outstanding University Programs award went to CAAS Pedagogy of Action Study Abroad Program in South Africa, for involving students in health activism in the country; and English 319: Theater and Social Change, for involving students in conducting writing and theater workshops for prison inmates.

Winners of the Outstanding Community Partners award were: Matrix Theater Co. of Detroit, for work with Arts of Citizenship on collaborative neighborhood history and community theater projects; and Rebuilding Communities Inc., a division of Warren Conner Development Coalition, for its work with students in neighborhood organizing, in partnership with Project Community.

The Ginsberg Center Program Awards went to Seth Galligan, Adrienne Gilbert, Emilie Rex and Cami Yuasa (America Reads); La Shaunda Webb, Patrick Merfert and Clara Hardie (Michigan Community Service Corps); Tessa Ditonto, AJ Zuniga and Vanessa Sanchez (Detroit Initiative); Katherine Wehri, Andre Brown and Kaellen Weld-Wallis (Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program); Melanie Bunce, Gabrielle Holmes and Alana Aaron (Project Community); and May Fung, Jie Liu, Smita Kahloke and Anna Skinner (SERVE).

The Ginsberg Center also nominated professors for state and national awards: Buzz Alexander, professor of English language and literature, Community Luminary Award; Bunyan Bryant, professor of natural resources & environment, Ernest A. Lynton Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach; Janie Paul, assistant professor of art and design, Michigan Campus Compact Faculty Award for Community Service Learning; and David Scobey, associate professor of architecture, Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning.

The awards were made possible by the Rosalie Ginsberg Awards Fund, an endowed fund established with a gift from William and Inger Ginsberg in honor of William's mother.

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