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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Staff member, students honored with Alfred Spirit of Service Awards

An Alfred University (AU) staff member, a student, and a volunteer group of students were all honored last month with Spirit of Service Awards at Alfred’s annual Celebration of Service ceremony. David Snyder, Access Service coordinator at Herrick Library and publisher of the Alfred Sun, is the campus faculty/staff recipient for 2016. Snyder was lauded for his many years of service to AU and the community, especially his commitment to journalism. Steven Crandall, dean of libraries at the University, nominated Snyder. The student winner, Robert Graves, a senior art and design major from Alfred Station, was selected for his commitment to social justice and fighting prejudice. Graves was nominated by fellow student Victoria Kue. Four other AU students – Richelle Jenkins, a senior general science major from Camillus; Nick Fletcher, a junior mechanical engineering major from Big Flats; Daniel Forsman, a senior art and design major from Buffalo Grove, IL; and Andrew King, a senior materials science and engineering major from Canisteo – were honored with a shared Spirit of Service Award as part of a group of “exceptional” student volunteers at the A. E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co. This group of students responds to calls together, trains, practices, and serves together, and represents some of the most dedicated and skilled student volunteers to work with the department. The group was nominated by John Hosford, digital projects librarian at Scholes Library of Ceramics and member of A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co. Nearly 80 people gathered in Alfred Village Hall for the annual celebration of service, honoring the nominees and winners of the awards. The Spirit of Service Awards are presented annually to faculty/staff and student members of each Alfred campus – AU and Alfred State College - and community members who contribute to making Alfred a better place. The awards are given to honor their efforts, as well as the principles that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service. AU alumnus and deputy mayor of the village of Alfred, Peter McClain ’00, gave the keynote address. McClain spoke of how service benefits the Alfred community and highlighted the sacrifices volunteers make, as well as the enrichment they receive, by donating time and energy to their community. AU Service Learning Coordinator Corey Fecteau, along with Alfred State College Director of Civic Engagement Jonathan Hilsher and Alfred State College Resident Director Amy Miller, presented certificates to each nominee and awards to each winner. Every nominee and winner was honored with highlights from their nominators’ letters. Alfred University nominees included Dr. Robyn Goodman, professor, Communications Studies; Autumn McLain, assistant director, Residence Life; Dan Napolitano, director, Student Activities; Nicole Munkwitz, technician, Environmental Studies; and students Ashlee Wilmier, a junior materials science and engineering major from Hamlin; Briana Van Dorpe, a junior psychology; and Jasmine Ramón Ramόn, a senior communication studies and English double-major from Newburgh, (a 2015 Spirit of Service student winner).