The West Virginia University Center for Service and Learning has announced this year’s winners of the Excellence in Engagement Awards.

On April 10th, during the CS&L’s annual Engagement Celebration, exemplary representatives of each category for the Excellence in Engagement Awards were recognized. The award presentation took place as part of the annual Week of Engagement (April 6-12).

The awards, which were created in 2009, are dedicated to recognizing the most active and civically engaged at WVU. For 2014, the award categories included student excellence, faculty excellence and partner excellence. Each recipient has shown a strong commitment to civic engagement and service throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.

“This year’s recipients are really the best of the best, and the community has greatly benefited from their passion for service,” said Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner, director of the CS&L. “Each year the projects of these recipients continue to grow in strength and depth. We are proud to recognize each of them with these awards.”

The 2014 Excellence in Engagement Award Recipients are:

Dr. Damien Clement – Faculty Excellence

Dr. Clement joined the West Virginia University Sport and Exercise Psychology and Athletic Training programs as an Assistant Professor in 2008. He teaches undergraduate sport and exercise psychology courses and graduate athletic training courses.

“It is an extreme honor to have been awarded the 2014 faculty excellence award by the Center for Service and Learning,” remarked Clement. “I accept this award on behalf of the Sport and Exercise Psychology faculty, and more importantly, the students within our major and pre-major who have generously spent many hours throughout the course of the academic year donating their time and efforts to the Morgantown community.”

Student Government Association – Student Excellence

Many student organizations are active in service, but this year one organization rose above the others, providing not just service, but inspiration and leadership to other students in doing so. The WVU Student Government Association has made service an integral part of the yearly goal, thanks in large part to the Director of Community Service, Taylor Staffileno.

“The Student Government Association worked really hard this year with our main goal being giving back,” said Staffileno. “We are honored to be recognized and to have received the Student Engagement Award.”

WVU WECAN–Partner Excellence

This year’s partner award was given to WECAN, the WVU Sustainability program. The WECAN team is a cross-functional group made up of Facilities and Services professionals that focus on different core areas of sustainability, while always considering WVU’s definition and philosophy behind the sustainability actions it takes. They promote the use of sound sustainable principles and practices through learning, teaching, research and facilities management from both an educational and operational perspective.

“WECAN is honored to receive the community partner award,” says Traci Knabenshue, Conservation Specialist in Facilities Management. “Students doing service for sustainability is a mutually beneficial endeavor. They get to learn how much coordination goes into large scale projects, and we learn how to stay relevant with the education and messaging we design for students, right from the source. It’s a win-win.”



CONTACT: Andrew Carter, Center for Service and Learning

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