The Fayetteville State University (FSU) offices of Constituent and Community Relations, directed by Mr. Wesley Fountain, and Civic Engagement and Service Learning, directed by Dr. Sherree Davis, hosted their 2nd annual Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. This event provided an opportunity for FSU to express appreciation to various community organizations and agencies for their partnerships and collaborative efforts. In attendance, were community partner representatives from non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations, and local elected officials, along with FSU faculty, staff, and administrators.
Select students, community organizations, and faculty members were recognized for their contributions to our campus and local community.
Ms. Jerrin “Giselle” Grant, and FSU student, was recognized for receiving the North Carolina Campus Compact Student Community Impact Award for outstanding leadership and service. Ms. Grant is one of 25 students in the state of North Carolina selected for this honor.
The Cumberland County Dispute Resolution Center was given the Continuous Partnership Award to recognize their longevity and ongoing partnership, since 2010, with the FSU and the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning. They have provided service learning, internship, and volunteer opportunities for more than 150 FSU students who have completed over 2,300 hours of service over the past six years.
Exemplary Service-Learning Awards were presented to Cumberland HealthNet, Executive Director, Chris Rey for a project that was most impactful in the community: increasing Affordable Care Act awareness and enrollments for residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Dr. M. Beth Hogan, Associate Professor/Associate Dean for FSU University College, also received recognition for collaborating with Cumberland HealthNet by providing 114 FSU Health Care Management students to be trained as Certified Application Counselors to boost enrollment efforts for the Affordable Care Act.
An Exemplary Service Award was given to the FSU Facilities Management led by Mr. Jon Parsons and Mr. DJ Djibril Diop for its many service-learning projects related to sustainability. Dr. Juan Ma, Associate Professor in the FSU Government and History Department and Program Coordinator for FSU’s interdisciplinary minor in Sustainability, was also recognized for her ongoing collaborative efforts with the Facilities Management, focusing on recycling and sustainability. This continued partnership shows FSU’s on-campus commitment to sustainability that supports community.
Dr. Stacye Blount, an Associate Professor in the FSU Sociology Department, received the Faculty Service-Learning Impact Award in recognition of her work using service-learning students to help establish the Fayetteville State University Campus Kitchens Project, which launched in May of 2016. This program focuses on reducing food insecurity and boosting nutrition education.
Mr. Wesley Fountain, of The Office of Constituent and Community Relations, recognized two organizations who provided needed services in our community – Group Theory, Inc., directed by Mr. Kevin Brooks, and the Umoja Group, Inc., directed by Ms. Dorothy Fielder – with Exemplary Service Awards.