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Annual Civic Engagement Banquet - April 18, 2018

The annual Civic Engagement Banquet was held on April 18, 2018. Every student, faculty, or staff member who completed 24 or more hours of service for the Give A Day Campaign received an invitation. We were honored to host Scott Black '10 as our keynote speaker, a local politician and active community member. Awards were given in the following categories:

Outstanding Athletic Team

presented by Kyleigh Block ’18, Women’s Volleyball

Men’s Basketball  |  Men’s Cross Country & Track/Field  |  Women’s Cross Country & Track/Field  |  Women’s Softball  |  Women’s Volleyball

Winner: Women's Lacrosse 


Outstanding Registered Student Organization (RSO)

presented by Liz Vales, Director of Student Activities & Leadership

Black Student Union  |  F:EM  |  Circle K International  |  Love Your Melon  |  Student Nursing Association  |  Titanthon  |  Touch of Class

Winner: Alpha Phi Omega


Outstanding Fraternity or Sorority

presented by Lily Chang '18

Acacia  |  Kappa Delta  |  Kappa Kappa Gamma  |  Sigma Kappa

Winner: Alpha Gamma Delta


Outstanding Faculty or Staff

presented by Megan Baker ‘21

Prof. Amanda Hopkins  |  Andrew Dahan  |  Prof. Carmela Ferradans  Cathy Spitz  |  Chandra Shipley  |  Deborah Halperin  | Prof. James House  |  Prof. James Simeone  |  Holly Ambuehl  |  Jane Smolen  |  Katelyn Hill  |  Kelly Mathy |  Lindsey Kellar  |  Prof. Meghan Burke  |  Prof. Mike Theune  Mike Wagner  |  Olena Zadorozhna  |  Sharla Brown-Ajayi  |  Whitney Williams  |  Prof. William Munro

Winner: Melissa Ramirez '14


Outstanding First Year Student

presented by Ngan Pham ‘19

Anna Peters  |  Brianna Fogo  |  David Lopez  |  Hannah Foley Meghan Bowler  |  Jonathon Panton  |  Jory Vance   |  Que Jackson  |  Riley Rooney 

Winner: Shaela Phillips


Outstanding Alternative Break Leader

presented by Rev. Elyse Nelson-Winger, University Chaplain

Kaylan Boyd-Harris  |  Tegan Potter  |  Brianna Miulli

Winner: David Yoon 


Outstanding Senior

presented by Bevin Choban ’10, Action Research Center Coordinator

Ally Daskalopoulos  |  Anthony Lunsford  |  Breanna Williams  |  Claire Quist  |  Jake Morris  |  Laurence Henderson  |  Maria Hanna

Winner: Nate Edison


Outstanding Work in an Internship

presented by Brian Richardson ‘09, Asst. Dir. for Career Engagement

Ally Daskalopoulos  |  Grainne Kelly  |  Heather Grimmer  | Taylor Williams  |  Patrick Zjac  |  Savanna Steck  |  Sydney Allen  

Winner: Tiffany Remijas


Outstanding Community Partner

presented by Deborah Halperin, Action Research Center Director

Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal  |  Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation  |  Prairie State Legal Services  |  State Farm Insurance Co. | West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Winner: Prairie State Legal Services


What is the Give A Day Challenge?

Illinois Wesleyan students, faculty and staff are encouraged to give at least one day of community engagement--24 hours--each school year. The Give A Day Challenge encourages the IWU community to partner with the greater Bloomington-Normal community to share their passions and talents. By participating in the Give A Day Challenge, IWU community members are living out the IWU and ARC missions. You may be asking yourself "What counts?" The answer is volunteering, being an intern for a non-profit or business, service leadership (i.e. serving on a non-profit board), or serving in a civic engagement role (i.e. serving the community in an elected position, such as mayor or alderperson).  

Our Progress

According to, the value of one hour of volunteer time in Illinois is $24.74.  Since May 1, 2017, IWU community members have already reported 22,131 hours of community engagement, equal to $547,521 worth of service. Report your hours today and help us reach our goal of 40,000 hours!



Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Why do we have to keep track of this?

A: Community engagement is an important part of the IWU culture. Knowing more about how we serve will help us to better support you and how you want to serve.

Q: What counts? My internship? The hours I did for a class? Tutoring at my church? Raising money for charity?

A: Anything that helps to make the community a better place. For the Give a Day Campaign, we are counting it ALL. The form allows you to say whether you were doing your hours for credit or not for credit, paid or not paid, and many other scenarios. 

Q: What happens when I hit the 24 hour challenge?

A: You join the Give a Day Circle which comes with an invite to the Community Engagement banquet in the spring and a certificate. If you are a senior, you get to wear service cords at graduation.

If you still have questions, just send us an email at

Thanks for your support of the Give a Day campaign and for all you do in the community!