Grad student wins award

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

St. Cloud State University graduate student Abbey Soldner, the United Way of Central Minnesota and St. Cloud State University’s Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic will be honored at the 2012 Minnesota Campus Compact Annual Summit Awards Luncheon June 5 at Macalester College, St. Paul.

The luncheon will pay tribute to recipients of Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards chosen by Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors as a way to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. St. Cloud State 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. 

Soldner, who will graduate this month with a master’s degree in college counseling and student development, will be honored along with other leading student representatives who have demonstrated exemplary civic engagement. The Wrightstown, Wis., native has been extensively involved in service learning and volunteer activities with the St. Cloud State Community Garden, Kaleidoscope playground for children of all abilities, Feed Our Future program and peer mentoring for the university’s violence prevention program, to name a few.

The United Way of Central Minnesota 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 being  engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the university that enrich educational as well as community outcomes. 

St. Cloud State’s Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic was chosen to receive the President’s Civic Engagement Steward Award, 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.

The Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic in Communication Sciences & Disorders is a distinctive service on the St. Cloud State campus which provides valuable professional learning experiences for students as well as valuable service and support for community clients representing a wide variety of ages and needs. 

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

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