Southern Vermont College Community Honored at Vermont Campus Compact Higher Education Conference

May 13, 2011

Several members of the Southern Vermont College community were named finalists or award recipients for the 2011 Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) Higher Education Conference, as a result of their commitment to service-learning. VCC is a consortium of Vermont’s colleges and universities committed to the civic purposes of higher education. In April, two SVC students, an SVC faculty member and the SVC Provost were honored for their accomplishments at a statewide Recognition Reception and Ceremony at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier, Vt.

Andrea Stoddard of Kerhonkson, N.Y., received the Commitment to Service and Engagement Award for her community involvement. Currently a sophomore majoring in Entrepreneurship and Management at SVC, she is a founding member of MooseCorps, a campus community service club where she provides leadership to the group. She is also Vice President of the Student Government Association and a member of the Student Activities Squad.

Kathleen Babcock of Vernon, Conn., received the distinction of finalist for the Madeleine M. Kunin Public Service Award, which distinguishes a remarkable student in Vermont for his or her outstanding public service and civic leadership. In addition to assisting with a Red Cross Blood Drive and participating in SVC’s Alternative Spring Break program, Babcock is a representative to the Board of United Way, which serves the SVC community.

Provost Albert DeCiccio was a finalist for the Campus Leadership for Civic Engagement Award, honoring his role in the advancement of a curriculum-based laboratory learning model by promoting interaction among students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Dr. DeCiccio also engineered the development and writing of the successful proposal for SVC to be assigned a place on the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification list. Dr. DeCiccio has been providing the inspired leadership necessary in designing and implementing the world’s first course using genealogical and DNA research strategies developed by cultural critic Dr. Henry Louis Gates. 

Professor Eric Drouart of SVC’s McCormick Division of Business was a finalist for the Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching, which recognizes innovative teaching and curriculum employing service-learning or community-based research that develops student voice, civic agency, and critical thinking, using real-life application and relevance. Most recent projects have been conducted for the Bennington Museum and the Bennington Center for the Arts. Professor Drouart also holds Small Business and Entrepreneurship Forums to coincide with National Entrepreneurship Week, which provides workshops on topics such as business creation, franchising and using social media to attract customers.

As a community partner of SVC, the Pownal Elementary School received the Engaged Community Partner Award. The award is given to a community member (individual or community) per VCC member in recognition of their support of their partnering campus’ civic mission. In partnership with SVC’s Quest for Success service-learning course, Pownal school’s Paw Pals Program matches SVC student mentors with at-risk, elementary school children. Through the Program, SVC student mentors share in activity-centered learning, one-on-one tutoring, social-emotional guidance and athletic development.