Student and Faculty Awards

Student, Staff and Faculty

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

The Center for Service Engagement Excellence in Service Engagement Awards

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. This award is an excellent resume-builder and recognizes individuals that have completed at least 100 hours of community service over any given 12-month period. Students, faculty and staff wishing to receive this award may set up their profile account at and begin tracking their hours from May of 2012 forward. After setting up your account, please go to the "Profile" tab to link your service to USF. You will need to enter the Record of Service Key Code for USF, to have your hours validated by the CSE office. Please enter the key code CO-NGP-8589B; scroll down to the bottom of this page and click "update" to complete your profile.

Congratulations to these students who won President's Volunteer Awards!

Bronze (100-174 hours)

Brittany Bone, Stephanie Cunningham, Nicole Dall, Kristin Ferguson, Victoria Hart, Katie Hoogstrate, Kelly Hoyert, Kendra Kremer, Holly Nestle-Fiddler, Justine Moder, Katherine Nussbaum, Jessica Simon, Jennifer Sterrett, Ryan Weiss, Zachary Welkin, Rachel Yanikov

Silver (175-249 hours)

Caitlyn Bailey, Robert Linell

Gold (250+ hours)

Jodi Huelsman, Julie Murray

Center for Service Engagement - Excellence in Service Engagement Awards

The Center for Service Engagement Excellence in Service Engagement Awards, are given annually at the Spring Leadership and Service Awards. These awards recognize a USF Student, Student Group, Faculty, Staff, and Community Partner agency that displays an extraordinary commitment to innovative and/or sustained efforts in the areas of academic, curricular or co-curricular service learning/civic engagement. Nominations are made by students, faculty and staff and winners are selected by an Awards Selection Committee drawn from community partner, faculty, staff and student representatives who serve on the Center for Service Engagement Advisory Council.

2012 Excellence in Service Engagement Award Winners

Student - Ariel Quickery

Ariel Quickery's strengths as a student leader in service were shown by her commitment to the USF Franciscan values. Her service includes being a teaching assistant for Comparative Anatomy, serving as a member on the Christian Appalachian Project mission team over Spring Break (tornado/disaster relief in Kentucky), working as a part of the Formula for Life group, both doing fundraising here in the U.S. and also at an orphanage in Haiti, and her regular service at Erin's House (a local nonprofit that works with children who have experienced grief or loss). Per her nominator, "when someone asks what they can do to volunteer, Ariel has so many options for them. She talks about all of the clinics for underserved populations that could use volunteers. (She) truly believes that we should help anyone who needs help and does not have a problem giving up her spare time to do so."

Student Group - f8 Photo Club

The F8 photo club's annual commitment, year after to year, to serving local nonprofits was exemplary. Examples of their commitment to service include the taking family photo portraits of homeless families who receive services through Vincent Village, a local nonprofit which is the only transitional shelter in Fort Wayne that serves intact families; taking action-based portraits of individuals with physical disabilities for Turnstone Center for Children and Adults; taking portraits of community members and their animals for an extensive Hope for Animals fundraiser; their commitment to helping USF Jesters (an arts program for individuals with special needs members learn to how take photos; and for their documentation via video of the Better Together Day of Service, (Fall, 2011).

Faculty/Staff - Terri Roberts

Terri Robert's significant work in the community with her nursing students led to her win. A nominator noted "Terri does a great job of matching text materials with real life experiences and works very hard to ensure her students know how to relate to those that need the most help. She also helps students to realize that they are no better than people in lower socioeconomic status. Her continued commitment to the Burmese community is unmatched". Terri's work as part of a group of other USF Nursing faculty members who provide health ministry services three times a week to women at Charis House, a local nonprofit that services homeless women and children was also cited.

Community Partner Agency - Charis House

Charis House, the women and children's division of Fort Wayne Rescue mission was provides a variety and depth of valuable experiences to students in the USF Nurse Practitioner program and BSN Community Health Nursing program. Through the Health Ministry partnership that USF has with Charis House, USF students collaborate in patient assessment and care as well as fundraisers, and other aspects of support to those served at Charis House. "(Charis House) collaborates to include faculty and students in women and children's lives in a community context."