Published: Nov. 15, 2017

New award inspired by 50 years of service

By: Caleb Hoover Media Communications cell: (248) 939-7493 caleb.hoover@cabs.msu.eduContact(s): Renee Zientek Academic Service Learning office: (517) 353-4400

The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, or CSLCE, recently introduced its newest and most prestigious award, the Michigan State University Spartan Volunteer Service Award: A Presidential Recognition.

The award, presented on behalf of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, aims to give recognition to any MSU student who participated in 100 or more hours of verified community-engaged learning or volunteering between Nov. 1, 2016 and Nov. 1, 2017.

Recipients of the award are those capturing the MSU core value of connectivity, and will be announced at the Martin Luther King Jr. Endowed Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 15, 2018. 

“Connectivity means that we are forward-looking, anticipating tomorrow’s issues while addressing the issues of today,” Simon said. “It means a willingness to take responsibility for our role in our community, to work hard and to fulfill our commitments. Finally, it means performing our work in the spirit of service.”

Students hoping to be on the list of recipients of the first Spartan Volunteer Service Award: A Presidential Recognition should submit applications prior to Dec. 1 in order to be eligible. Students applying must provide contact information and details of engagement with their organization. The application can be found on the CSLCE website.

CSLCE, originally known as the Office of Volunteer Programs, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary for the duration of 2018. The center was the first office of its kind in the United States at the time of its conception.

The yearlong anniversary celebration kicks off with the Martin Luther King Jr. Endowment Dinner, including the acknowledgement of recipients of the Spartan Service Volunteer Award: A Presidential Recognition. 

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