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 School in Wake Forest, NC, in recognition of her long-standing partnership with Duke through a Chemistry Outreach class. Her nominator, Ken Lyle, praised her “love of science and ongoing commitment to the academic and personal development of her students. She has helped introduce her students to Duke’s campus and created powerful learning opportunities not only for her students, but the Duke undergraduates who were able to partner with her.”
This year’s faculty recipient of the Alden Award is Deborah Reisinger, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies. Her nominators, Leta Hallowell, Joan Clifford and Lou Brown, praised her commitment to all aspects of service-learning as a service-learning instructor, a previous faculty fellow and a member of the Community Based Language Initiative. She was acknowledged for her “attention to building sustainable relationships and supporting the academic experience with the critical reflection necessary to integrate community-based learning into the curriculum.”
Also noted were Reisinger’s “genuine passion for both working to improve the lives of refugees and helping students realize the ways the service can benefit them and their communities. Her commitment to the Durham refugee community inspires the development of sustainable and cooperative relationships between students and community partners that positively impact everyone involved.”
Two students won an Alden Award this year. Yvonne Lu impressed the selection committee with her sustained commitment to service-learning through participating in four service learning classes and by the thoughtfulness and compassion she showed in her reflections.
Leta Hallowell was recognized for the ways she “embodies the ideal leader in her humble actions, her deep reflection, and her brave choices,” and for the way she has “sustained her commitment to working with refugees through service-learning courses, service and scholarship in her thesis project.”