Campus Compact Awards
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
St. Cloud State University student leader Emmanuel Oppong, community non-profit organization Kids Fighting Hunger and The St. Cloud State Music Department faculty’s annual program and concert, "Her Story – Her Song," will be honored at the 2013 Minnesota Campus Compact Annual Summit and Awards Luncheon April 1 at Hamline University, St. Paul.
The luncheon and awards ceremony will pay tribute to recipients of Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards chosen by Campus Compact college and university member presidents and chancellors as a way to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. President Earl H. Potter III selected the local recipients as examples of those who effectively practice, support and strengthen the values of service learning and effective community engagement.
Emmanuel Oppong, who came to Minnesota from Ghana, West Africa, will receive the President's Student Leadership Award. Oppong is a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in community counseling and a graduate certificate in chemical dependency. He is active in St. Cloud State student government as well as several youth mentoring programs, including the Mentors Inspiring Success program through the YMCA in Elk River that works to reduce youth involvement with drugs and alcohol, and Talent Emergence International, an organization that works to develop talents and skills in former child soldiers. He also has been part of a volunteer mentor program through which he counseled adolescents at the St. Cloud Area Learning Center, an alternative learning environment for teen parents and has worked in a number of volunteer efforts to raise awareness of social justice issues.
Kids Fighting Hunger
Kids Fighting Hunger will be honored with the Presidents’ Community Partner Award along with other Minnesota organizations and services that have enhanced the quality of life in ways that are meaningful and measurable while developing sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the university that both teach and make a difference. The local organization has led multiple events on campus during which students and their families get together at an organized session during which participants fill bags with food that will be distributed to those in need. Participants learn about the social issues facing food recipients while doing something tangible and positive to impact people’s lives.
'Her Story – Her Song'
"Her Story – Her Song," an annual program that is a collaboration of faculty in the St. Cloud State Department of Music, female students and community partners was chosen to receive the President’s Civic Engagement Steward Award. The award is given to organizations or services that have significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.
For 10 years "Her Story – Her Song" has created a network of community partnerships through female music faculty, the St. Cloud State Women’s Choir and Cantabile Girls Choir. Partner organizations have included Anna Marie’s Alliance, Habitat for Humanity Women Build program, Journey Home an in-patient women’s chemical dependency treatment program, and this year, the Minnesota Reading Corp. Their year-long service project culminates in a spring concert that honors the female experience in song, words and action.
Minnesota Campus Compact is affiliated with a national network of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, representing some 6 million students. For more information, please visit www.mncampuscompact.org.