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

May 3, 2009

Several members of the Southern Vermont College community were recognized at the 2009 Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) Higher Education Conference for their commitment to service-learning. VCC is a consortium of Vermont’s colleges and universities and non-academic partners committed to the civic purposes of higher education. Two students and two faculty members were honored this year by VCC. 

Michael Nosek of Oakham, Mass.,  received the Commitment to Service and Engagement Award for both the breadth and depth of his community involvement. Nosek is an active member of the Student Activities Squad, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Government Association and many service projects including Coalition for the Homeless and Toys for Tots.

Zachary Garafalo of Natick, Mass., was nominated for the Vermont Teddy Bear 2009 Student Citizen Award. The award, presented by The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, recognizes exceptional volunteer leadership efforts by college students across the state.

Professor Greg Winterhalter was a finalist for the Engaged Scholar Award. This award honors one faculty member from a VCC member campus for engagement as an integral part of his/her teaching and research. Professor Winterhalter has long been known in the greater Bennington area as a community-based scholar/artist and has integrated his diverse experiences into his SVC courses.

Associate Dean for Special Projects Daniel Cantor Yalowitz was a finalist for the Campus Leadership for Civic Engagement Award, which recognizes one faculty, staff, or administrator on a VCC member campus for his/her leadership in advancing public engagement as a critical component of his/her higher education institution.

As a community partner of SVC, Eric Peterson, Executive Director of Oldcastle Theatre Company, received the Engaged Community Partner Award for his participation in integrating his work into SVC programs and activities.