Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards:

The Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards recognize one graduating senior, one faculty member and one community partner for their outstanding commitment to the ideals of service-learning.

Each Alden award recipient receives $250 to further develop his/her community-building and leadership skills.

Eligibility & Process - Please note deadline is March 20, 2017

Graduating seniors, faculty members, and community partners who have participated in at least one service-learning course at Duke are eligible to receive an Alden Award.

Any member of the Duke community or a community partner organization may nominate an eligible student, faculty member, or community partner (individual or organization) for a Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award. The complete nomination process is outlined in the Award instructions pdf above, but here is some essential info. 

Nomination Instructions

Any member of the Duke community or a community partner organization may nominate an eligible student, faculty member, or community partner (individual or organization) for a Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award.

  • Faculty and community partner nominations: Submit a statement of approximately 500 words indicating why the nominee deserves the award in light of the criteria listed below.
  • Student nominations: Submit a statement of approximately 500 words indicating why the nominee deserves the award in light of the criteria listed below. ALSO, the student nominee must provide a short description or reflection on their service-learning experiences at Duke. Please provide the student with the instructions below. We suggest doing so by the first week in March to allow time for them to prepare a statement before the nomination deadline, generally the week after spring break. See http://servicelearning.duke.edu/about/alden for deadline.


Joint nominations are welcomed. Nominations should be submitted to Dane Emmerling, Assistant Director, Duke Service-Learning, by e-mail (), mail (Box 90739), or in person (West Duke 213), and must be received by the March 20 deadline.

See selection criteria below.

Selection Criteria

Students

  • Leadership, initiative, or ongoing commitment to academic service-learning

  • Quality of reflection about the service-learning experience

Faculty

  • Meaningful integration of the service experience with course content (structure of the service experience, selection of community partners, use of critical reflection)

  • Consideration of, and ongoing commitment to, the needs of community partner(s)

  • Impact of community partnership(s) at Duke or in the local community

  • Involvement in the service-learning community at Duke

Community Partners

  • Ongoing commitment to the academic and personal development of Duke students

  • Collaboration with Duke students and faculty members

Past Alden Award Recipients:

2016

Graduating Seniors: Leta Hallowell and Yvonne Lu

Faculty: Deb Reisinger, Romance Studies

Community Partner: Alison Hester, Endeavor Charter School

2015

Graduating Seniors: Trish Ike and Laxmi Rajak

Faculty: Chris Sims, Center for Documentary Studies

Community Partner: Betty Johnson, Crest Street Tutorial Project

2014

Faculty: Maha Houssami, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Graduating Senior: Nicole Daniels

Community Partner: Heidi Carter, Board Chair, Durham Public Schools

2013

Faculty: Charlotte Clark, Nicholas School of the Environment

Graduating Senior: Haley Barrier

Community Partner: Student Action with Farmworkers

2012

Faculty: Joan Clifford, Spanish Language Program

Graduating Senior: Youmna Sherif, Program II

Community Partner: Denice Johnson, Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership After-School Programs

2011

Faculty: Ken Lyle, Chemistry

Graduating Senior: Alex Reese, Public Policy

Community Partner: Angela Martinez, Durham Crisis Response Center

2010

Faculty: Deborah Gold, Social & Community Psych

Graduating Senior: Michele Lanpher, Psychology

Community Partner: Trish Lemm, Museum of Life and Science

2009

Graduating Seniors: Carina Barnett-Loro, Environmental Sciences and Policy; Lindsay Bayham, Public Policy

2008

Graduating Seniors: Grant Smith, Psychology; Sarah Gordon, Public Policy

2007

Graduating Senior: Lissett Babaian, Public Policy

Who is Betsy Alden?

One of the “founding mothers” of the service-learning movement at Duke, Betsy Alden began combining learning and service in the 1980s. Since then, she has done it all: created and taught service-learning courses; forged community partnerships; recruited, inspired, and mentored faculty and students; developed and administered campus service-learning programs; and championed service-learning through publications, lectures, workshops and service on national boards. In the ten years Betsy led the service-learning movement at Duke, service-learning evolved from an obscure pedagogy used by a handful of faculty to a vibrant cross-disciplinary practice.

For Betsy, service-learning is ultimately about building more humane relationships, and is linked to a deeper spiritual sense of vocation. The magic of her work with students, faculty and community partners lies in her ability to connect people both to one another and to the deeper ideals of reciprocity, partnership and a sustained commitment to the community.

2016 Alden Award Winners

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The Service-Learning Program is happy to announce the 2016 Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award winners. The Awards recognize graduating seniors, one faculty member and one community partner for their outstanding commitment to the ideals of service-learning. This year’s community partner recipient of the Alden Award is Alison Hester from Endeavor Charter…
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2015 Alden Award Recipients

Graduating seniors: Trish Ike & Laxmi Rajak

Trish Ike: Trish has spent much of her time at Duke championing and leading reflection. Her academic involvement with service-learning was largely related to Dr. Deborah Gold; Trish first took a number of Dr. Gold's sociology classes and then went on to act as the head reflection facilitator for all of her classes. Trish was also an active member of LEAPS, where she became the chair of the Reflection Committee and helped to create Project Reflect, an open program meant to help students and community members reflect on various topics related to service. As Trish mentioned in her nomination, she has "grown to acknowledge the importance and necessity of reflection within the realms of civic engagement to unpack the implications of why we serve."

Laxmi Rajak: Laxmi has spent her time at Duke learning about educational disparities and advocating for education both in the U.S. and abroad. She took a number of education-related service-learning courses and expanded on her work through co-curricular experiences with DukeEngage and the Hart Leadership program. Laxmi plans to continue her work with educational initiatives through her work with The Karsh Mentorship Initiatitve, a program she co-founded with the goal of promoting civic-engagement and leadership development in Nepal.

We would like to recognize and applaud all 2015 student nominees for their leadership, commitment, impact in the community and thoughtful reflections!

Anthony Olawo

Emma DeVries

Jamie Begstrom

Lauren Taylor

Laxmi Rajak

Rosie Nowhitney

Trish Ike

Faculty: Chris Sims, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke

Professor Sims has built an enduring relationship with his partner, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF). Students in the class "Farmworkers in NC" attend marches and rallies with SAF, work in collaboration to produce documentary work, and try to truly understand and share stories about issues that affect farmworkers. The course also deepens the partnership by bringing high school migrant students to Durham to join his class in a discussion and tour of Duke's campus. SAF says that Professor Sims' course "exemplifies the best of what [they] think service-learning in a classroom can be." 

Community Partner: Betty Johnson, Crest Street Tutorial Project

Betty Johnson has partnered with Duke for many, many years. In her 19 years since beginning the Crest Street Tutorial Project, she has helped teach not only generations of Durham school children, but generations of Duke students as well. Ms. Betty facilitates the development of genuine relationships by carefully matching each Duke tutor with one of her students to work with throughout the semester and emphasizes the importance of reflection by building in time each evening for tutors to think about each session and connect it with future action. In a church basement turned Duke classroom, she has taught all students about the importance of relationships, service, and commitment semester after semester.