Public Impact Awards

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About the Awards

The Public Impact Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and community partners for exceptional work in community-based learning, community-based research, and/or community and civic engagement projects over the past year.

Virtual Awards Ceremony - September 15, 2020 at 6 pm

Join us for this virtual award ceremony to honor BGSU faculty and staff and community partners for their excellence this past year in community engagement and community-based learning.  You can access the event via ZOOM using the following information.

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https://bgsu-edu.zoom.us/j/83229642001?pwd=aWdtZWxzK2p5UU11NGtTd1ZYSVJPZz09

Meeting ID: 832 2964 2001

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Faculty Awards

These awards recognize faculty excellence in designing and implementing community-based learning courses or community-based research/creative activities.  For award criteria see below:

Purpose:

Awarded to a BGSU faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in creating high-impact community-based learning as part of an academic course (a.k.a. service-learning).  

Definitions:

Community-based learning (also known as service-learning)Community-Based Learning, also known as service-learning, is a class-based, credit-bearing educational experience which integrates academic material, relevant community-based engagement and/or service activities, and critical reflection based on a reciprocal partnership that engages students, faculty/staff, and community members in achievement of academic and disciplinary learning objectives and civic outcomes to advance public purposes.

Eligibility:

All full-time, permanent BGSU faculty members in any career track who taught a community-based course in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 are eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria:

Faculty members nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in community-based learning pedagogy and demonstrated best practices in:

  • Enhancing student academic and civic learning through community engagement
  • Developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial community partnerships
  • Supporting students in critical reflection

Purpose:

Awarded to a BGSU faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in community-based research/creative activity.

Definitions:

Community-based researchA collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes unique strengths that each brings.  Community-based research begins with a research topic of importance to the community and has the aim of combining knowledge with action, and achieving social change.

Eligibility:

All full-time, permanent BGSU faculty members in any career track who conducted community-based research/creative activity in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 are eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria:

Faculty members selected for this award should demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Extent to which community engagement is part of faculty’s research/creative activity
  • Degree of reciprocity in community-based research design and implementation
  • Level of impact results achieved
  • Clarity of description of community-based research/creative activity partnership

Additional factors considered, but not required:

  • Level of involvement of students in community-based research
  • Funding secured

NOMINATIONS OPEN AGAIN SPRING 2021


Community Partner Awards

These awards recognize community partners for supporting community-based learning and research activities.  Awards are given to outstanding individuals and organizations and to recognize outstanding partnerships.  For award criteria see below:

Purpose:

The Partnership Award recognizes an outstanding partnership project or program made possible by a partnership between BGSU department(s)/individual(s) and community partner(s).

Eligibility:

Open to a team which may include faculty, staff, students and/or community partners who engaged in a community-based partnership project/program in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Spring 2019 semester(s).  The partnership does not need to be directly related to an academic course.

Selection Criteria:

Teams should demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Impact on student learning
  • Impact on community issue
  • Demonstration of best practices in community partnerships:
    • Collaboration during design process
    • Clear expectations and roles
    • Open and continuous communication
    • Achieving reciprocity
    • Public dissemination of work

Purpose:

This award recognizes an individual person at a community partner organization who has worked with academic community-based learning experience(s) at BGSU.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, the nominee must have been a community partner within the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Spring 2019 semester(s).

Selection Criteria:

The individuals nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in some or all of the following areas:

  • Providing technical, material, or organizational support to enhance community-based learning or community-based research
  • Providing exemplary leadership in community/campus partnerships
  • Demonstrating a commitment to fostering sustainable and mutually beneficial community/campus partnerships that meet community needs while providing impactful learning experiences for students

Purpose:

This award recognizes an organization or agency for its significant contributions as a community partner.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, the nominee must be a community partner who has worked with a community-based learning course, internship, or community engagement project at BGSU within the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Spring 2019 semester(s).

Selection Criteria:

The community partners nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in some or all of the following areas:

  • Providing technical, material, or organizational support to enhance the efficacy of community-based learning or community-based research
  • Providing exemplary leadership in community/campus partnerships
  • Demonstrating a persistent commitment to fostering sustainable and mutually beneficial community/campus partnerships that meet community needs while providing impactful learning experiences for students

NOMINATIONS OPEN AGAIN SPRING 2021


Staff Award

This award recognizes a staff member or group of staff members at BGSU who have supported community and civic engagement programs, projects, or initiatives over the past year.  For award criteria see below:

Purpose:

This award recognizes and honors a Bowling Green State University staff member or group of staff members who have made a significant contribution to or have provided exemplary leadership in supporting community engagement.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, the nominee(s) must be a staff member at BGSU who has been involved in supporting community engagement activities within the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Spring 2019 semester(s).

Selection Criteria:

Staff members nominated for this award should have demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

  • Providing technical, material, or organizational support for community engagement
  • Building campus commitment to community engagement
  • Demonstrated community impact through community engagement activities

NOMINATIONS OPEN AGAIN SPRING 2021


Student Awards

Student awards for the 2019-2020 academic year were recognized at the end of the Spring 2020 semester and scroll to the bottom of the page for videos of each award recipient.  Faculty, staff, and community partner award nominations are open until July 13, 2020.  Nominate a deserving individual or organization today!


Awarded to an individual undergraduate and graduate student each year to recognize exemplary performance in an academic credit-bearing community-based learning experience (e.g., service-learning course, community-based internship, community-based capstone project, international service-learning experience, community-based research project).

Nominees for this award are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Exhibited depth of understanding of the academic course material and the social issues addressed in the community-based learning experience;
  • Demonstrated an increased understanding of relevant social issues, skill development, and commitment to continued community engagement as a result of the community-based experience;
  • Fostered an equitable and cooperative partnership with community partner(s) to meet identified community needs;
  • Made a distinct impact on the community/community issue associated with their community-based learning experience.

Awarded to a student group each year to recognize exemplary performance in an academic, credit-bearing, community-based learning experiences (e.g. service-learning course, community-based internship, community-based capstone project, international service-learning experience, community-based research*).  One award designated for undergraduate student group and one award designated for graduate student group.

Nominees for this award are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Exhibited depth of understanding of the academic course material and the social issues addressed in the community-based learning experience;
  • Demonstrated an increased understanding of relevant social issues, skill development, and commitment to continued community engagement as a result of the community-based experience;
  • Fostered an equitable and cooperative partnership with community partner(s) to meet identified community needs;
  • Made a distinct impact on the community/community issue associated with their community-based learning experience.

NOMINATIONS OPEN AGAIN SPRING 2021

Previous Award Recipients

2019 - 2020 Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Student - Hannah Hall

Hannah is a student leader majoring in Social Work. She has been a member of Chapman Learning Community for the past two years participating in service-learning courses and in her second year serving as a Chapman Student Leader. She has worked with Project H.O.P.E. assisting with a Trick or Treat on horseback event for children and adults with disabilities and also an event with Bowling Green Care Center to create tie blankets for residents. In her application she stated, “the Chapman Learning Community has helped me flourish as a student since finding new volunteer opportunities to serve the Bowling Green Community…I want to make the world and my learning community a more inclusive environment where people can be free to express their authentic selves with others.”

2019 - 2020 Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Student - Chad Nowlan

Chad is a graduate student in the College and Student Personnel Graduate Program. As the Program & Events Coordinator for the Chapman Learning Community, he fills many roles including mentoring seven student leaders in the learning community, co-teaching a 4000-level leadership course, leading weekly programming, and managing a broad range of logistics that enable the learning community comprised of 1,360 students to function. Throughout the fall semester, Chad facilitated numerous events with community partners, including the BGSU Office of Campus Sustainability, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Ohio, Project H.O.P.E. Equine Therapy, The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Relay for Life, St. Mark’s Church for their weekly soup kitchen, and the Toledo Humane Society.

2019 - 2020 Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Student Group - Christina Deehr, Jennifer Crawford, Elaina Eskins, and Troy Wendel - POLS 6350: Problems and Issues in Public Administration

This group of graduate students conducted a national survey of 321 land trusts from 41 states across the U.S. on behalf of the Black Swamp Conservancy. The purpose was to gather information about educational programming and community engagement practices. One goal of this project was to assess how inner-city or at-risk youth can access nature and educational resources provided by land trusts. The report indicated that this population is generally underserved; however, the group identified several programs designed to attend to these youth that could be implemented by land trusts at low to no cost. Although the project was conducted in collaboration with the Black Swamp Conservancy in Northwest Ohio, the report has been shared with land trusts across the U.S., extending the impact of this project far beyond our region.

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Group Award

o   ARTC 4410: Collaborative Digital Arts Development for creating artistically-animated public service announcements in partnership with community organizations for the purpose of educating the public, promoting sustainable, healthy and environmentally-conscious practices, and bringing about positive change in the world.

  • David Bloom
  • Matthew England
  • Megan Gercak
  • Deanna Granata
  • Rachel Immel
  • Marisa Kreinbihl
  • Paige Livesay
  • Alexis Mason
  • Allicia Munguia
  • Erin Reen
  • Megan Smith
  • Casey Steiner
  • Roxy Thornton
  • Samantha Woodward

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

  • Matthew Gould THFM 2020: Performance and Life Onstage/CRJU 3951: Current Topics, for his work with The Facing Project and involvement in the theatrical performance at Firelands BGSU of the stories of those who are facing drug addiction or work on the front lines of drug addiction. These projects aimed to increase awareness about the issue of opioid addiction and to provide education about available community resources.

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Group Award

  • MC 6551: Public Relations Research and Practice for their work producing public relations campaigns addressing the opioid crisis in partnership with community organizations.  Two individuals are highlighted from this group for their outstanding work:
    • Marie Dunn-Harris Ohio Chamber of Commerce
    • Emily Wagy Bowsher High School, Toledo Public School District

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • Lindsey Roberts for her community-based participatory research in partnership with the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) through the YMCA of Greater Toledo, which involved youth in the research process and to share their perspectives on their neighborhood’s assets and needs to empower them to enact change in their community.
  • Daniel Vetter SPAN 4240/5700 Exploring Latino/a Culture through Service Learning, for his work with the Adelante Los Niños after-school program at Toledo SMART Academy, mentoring Latinx youth and engaging them in cultural programming, as well as serving an instrumental role in planning the 2018 Toledo International Film Festival.

STUDENT AWARDS

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Group Award

ENG 3880 Introduction to Technical Writing for applying their writing skills to create a video, infographics, and audio resources for Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Group Award

POLS 6450: Environmental Management for their work designing, implementing, and analyzing two surveys for the Wood County Parks District.

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Tiffany Smith for her work in her Food and Nutrition Senior Capstone Project spearheading mobile food pantries, working with community partner Food For Thought, and supporting her peers’ capstone project development and implementation.

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Yannick Kluch for his work as a graduate instructor developing and implementing a community-based learning course titled COMM 3500: Rhetoric of Sport and partnering with the We Are One Team (WA1T) campus-wide initiative focused on promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice through sport.

Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Mixed Undergraduate & Graduate Group Award

Teaching Assistants for HDFS 3001: Listening Post for their work facilitating the Listening Post which provides opportunities for supportive communication for the BGSU campus community.

FACULTY AWARDS

Faculty Excellence Award for Community-Based Teaching

Dr. Rob Obey Adjunct Professor, for his work with THFM 1610: Introduction to Film, which partnered with the Nehemiah Center of Sandusky, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Erie County, and Sandusky High School College Credit Plus Program to implement a “College Access Day” that helped connect underrepresented youth in Sandusky to higher education pathways.

Faculty Excellence Award for Community-Based Research

Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad Associate Professor, for her ongoing mixed-methods project called the Intergroup Communication Intervention (ICI) in its eighth iteration that utilizes community-based research methods to study older adults’ self-efficacy using technology for health information.Faculty Awards

COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARDS

Community Partner Individual Excellence Award

Dr. Richard Koonce Coordinator of Sandusky High School College Credit Plus Program, for his support and contributions to the “College Access Day” to connect youth from the Nehemiah Center in Sandusky to higher education pathways.

Community Partner Organization Excellence Award            

Wood Lane/Wood County Board of DD and the individuals they serve for their multi-year partnership with community-based learning photography students, and their openness to photographically explore the issues and realities of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Outstanding Partnership Award

BGSU Academy Band Program an open access partnership between the Music Education program and over twenty schools in Northwest Ohio to provide middle and high school students full group rehearsal and sectional instruction while  assisting music education majors with cultivating pedagogical skills.

Student Awards

INST 3800: Intro to International Service-Learning for their community-based learning projects with La Conexion and US Together, a refugee resettlement agency.

ENG 6800: Deconstructing Islamophobia for their work with Not in Our Town and presentations given throughout the community.

Marie Dean for her work as a student leader in the Chapman Service-Learning Community Leadership Seminar.

Meriem Mechehoud for her efforts organizing and participating in community discussions designed to promote cross-cultural understanding and respect in the community stemming from her work in INST 6800: Deconstructing Islamophobia.

 

Faculty Awards

Carrie Hamady, Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics for her work with FN 4800: Seminar in Food and Nutrition which partnered with 23 different community programs.

 

Community Partner Awards 

Angie Bradford, Director of Food Service, Wood County Committee on Aging for her years of support with the FN 4360: Lifecycle Nutrition service-learning class.    

Project Hope, Sandra Tebbe, Program Director, for providing multiple opportunities for students to engage in Community-based learning projects.

Adopt an Apprentice Teacher, a program that places 400 students per semester from the College of Education and Human Development in local schools to provide support services while gaining practical experience.

Sit and Tell, a multi-partnered community-based art project focused on sharing the stories of Strong Women of Toledo.

Staff Award

Aaron Kane, Director of Parking Services and the Parking Services Staff Members for implementing the Toys for Tickets campaign.

2015-2016 Award Recipients

Chris Hatfield receives his Hofmeister Outstanding Student Award for his graphic design project Brick X Brick.

Dr. Shannon Orr with her Faculty Excellence Award for Community-Based Teaching.

Dawn Hofmeister with members of the POLS 6600 graduate student group who received the Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Student Group Award.

Jeanette Dillon, Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Student Award recipient

Emily Hilyer, Ohio Campus Compact Ping Award recipient

Meg Burrell, the 2016 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow for her work with BGSU Votes.

Dr. Lisa Hanasono receives the Hoch Award from Lesha Farias of Ohio Campus Compact.

Math Camp Leadership Group at this year's ceremony.  The group received the Undergraduate Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Student Group Award.

Dr. Nick Hennessy with his Friend of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement Award for all of his ongoing support of civic and community engagement.

Mrs. Therese Sadowski receives her Community Partner Excellence Award from Faculty Member Dr. Brett Holden.

Trinidy Jeter with her daughter showcasing her Staff Excellence Award at this year's ceremony.

Dr. Paul Morris and his community partner Jayne Roth with the 4-H Program receive their award for Outstanding Community Partnership for Kids' Tech University.

Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Faculty Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Research Award recipient

Community Partner – Individual Excellence: Robin Richter

Community Partner – Organization Excellence: La Conexion de Wood County 

Faculty Excellence: Dr. Lisa Hanasono

Friend of the Office: Mary Grolle, Conference & Event Services

Group Excellence: Rock the Block and Math Camp Leadership Team

Staff Excellence: Kathy Newman 

The Kurt E. Hofmeister Graduate Student Excellence: Chelsea Greco 

The Kurt E. Hofmeister Undergraduate Student Excellence: Maddi Georgoff

Community Partner – Individual Excellence: Jennifer Kephart, Habitat for Humanity of Wood County
Community Partner – Organization Excellence: Wood County Committee on Aging
Faculty Excellence: Dr. Laura Landry-Meyer
Friend of the Office: BGSU Dining
Group Excellence: SOWK 4060: Macro Practice (Fall 2013) students and Bowling Green Alternative Breaks (bGAB)
Staff Excellence: Dr. Nick Hennessy, Campus Sustainability
The Kurt E. Hofmeister Graduate Student Excellence: Tara Schuler
The Kurt E. Hofmeister Undergraduate Student Excellence: Anna Voinovich and Clarence Jackson
Student Group Excellence: Chapman Community Juvenile Residential Center Mentors
Community Partner – Individual Excellence: Stephanie Serda, Perrysburg Heights Community Association
Community Partner – Organization Excellence: Wood Lane
Faculty Excellence: Deborah A. O’Neil
Friend of the Office: The Classified Staff Council
Group Excellence: The Veteran Engagement Team,
Staff Excellence: Bill Thompson, The Listening Post
The Kurt E. Hofmeister Graduate Student Excellence: Marne Austin
The Kurt E. Hofmeister Undergraduate Student Excellence: Mykel Lindsay
Community Partner: Brooke Harrison, Bowling Green Manor
Faculty Excellence: Gordon Ricketts, Director, Arts Village
Friends of the Office: Emily Avery, United Way of Greater Toledo; Chiara Cameron, United Way in Wood County; and Bill Thompson, Common Good
Staff Excellence: Paul Valdez, Office of Service-Learning
Student Excellence in Civic Engagement: Benjamin Romaker
Student Excellence in Service-Learning: Jimez Parker
Group Excellence in Civic Engagement: ARFROTC Detachment 620 - BG Cadets
Group Excellence in Service-Learning:MGMT 3600: Organizational Theory and Behavior
Community Partner: Vicki Snyder, Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Children's Services; Margaret Szymanski, Ohio National Guard; and Katie Stygles, Bridge Home Health and Hospice - Blanchard Valley
Faculty Excellence: Dr. Mary Murray, School of Counseling and Special Education & Dr. Joseph Chao, Computer Science
Friend of the Office: Jeff Nelson, BGSU Bookstore
Staff Excellence: Martha Sears, Reading Center: America Reads Challenge Program
Student Excellence: Monet Whirl, Chapman Learning Community and Heather Utsler, Allies in Dramatic Art of Scott High School
Group Excellence: Spanish 3950: Mexico Today on Global Perspective and English 5800: Seminar on Language Preservation & Language Death