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 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.

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. Please review the Nomination Process.

  • Faculty and community partner nominations: Submit a statement of approximately 500 words indicating why the nominee deserves the award in light of the Selection Criteria.
  • Student nominations: Submit a statement of approximately 500 words indicating why the nominee deserves the award in light of the Selection Criteria. ALSO, the student nominee must provide a short description or reflection on their service-learning experiences at Duke, so nominator must provide the student with the letter (page 2) included in the Nomination Instructions. 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.

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

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