Illinois Wesleyan University students, faculty, staff and community partners gathered
to celebrate and honor those who made substantial contributions to community service
at the recent Civic Engagement Banquet.
According to the Independent Sector, a national leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations, the
value for an hour of volunteer service in Illinois during 2013 was $24.08. With this
number in mind, the Illinois Wesleyan Action Research Center encouraged the Illinois
Wesleyan community to report their volunteer service hours to see the impact made
in the community. In total, the time that Illinois Wesleyan community contributed
to volunteer and civic service during the 2014-2015 year made an $843,500 impact.
Faculty, staff and students can still visit the Action Research Center to report hours for the 2014-2015 year.
At the banquet, ten awards were presented to outstanding leaders in community service.
Lily Chang ’18 won the award for first-year students. An international student from
Taiwan and economics and international business double major, Chang was honored for
her involvement in organizations, such as Student Senate, Circle K and Kappa Delta
sorority. Senior Award winners included Nathan Douglas ’15, a Hispanic Studies and
secondary education double major from Monticello, Ill., Lexia Swope ’15, a psychology
and sociology double major from Normal, Ill., and Amanda King ’15, an environmental
studies major from Peoria, Ill. An accounting major from Oak Park, Ill., Sarah Sadowski
’17 won the Alternative Spring Break Award and was recognized for her participation
and leadership at weekly Habitat for Humanity builds and the Appalachian Service Project.
Internship Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Hart Career Center Laurie Diekhoff
reported that approximately 500 students interned this year, with about half of interns
working at a nonprofit. Diekhoff presented the Intern Award to Jordan Collins ’15
and Emily Bugg ’15. A psychology major from Springfield, Collins was honored for his
direct service to community members at PATH Crisis Center in Bloomington. An English
writing major from Bloomington-Normal, Bugg was recognized for her outstanding service
to an organization with her work at the Community Cancer Center in Normal.
President Richard F. Wilson presented the inaugural Civic Engagement Champion Award
to Blair Wright ’15, a psychology major from Sandwich, Ill. Wright, who helped launch
the Civic Engagement Banquet and Give a Day Campaign for community service, was honored
for her outstanding efforts for civic engagement.
Other award winners include:
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams won the Athletic Team Award, and were honored
for their work with the Westside 5K and as lunch buddy mentors to children.
Service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega received the Registered Student Organization Award.
Alpha Gamma Delta sorority was honored with the Greek House Award.
Associate Athletic Director Mike Wagner won the Faculty/Staff Award. Wagner, who also
is an associate professor of physical education and director of the Shirk Center,
was recognized for his role as a connection between student athletes and the community.
The Illinois Special Olympics received the Community Partner Award.
The banquet and awards are sponsored by Student Senate, in collaboration with the
Action Research Center.