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, 2019

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 (including students) 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 Kimmie Garner, 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.

Past Alden Award Recipients

  • Graduating Senior: Frances Beroset
  • Faculty: Kevin Caves, BME (Duke Biomedical Engineering)
  • Community Partner: Jeanette Stokes, Resource Center for Women & Ministries of the South (RCWMS)
  • Graduating Senior: Michaela Stith
  • Faculty: Katie Hyde, Center for Documentary Studies & Calvin Hobbs, Environmental Studies
  • Community Partner: Carolyn Colsher, Duke Hospice
  • Graduating Seniors: Christina Williams and Kristen Larson
  • Faculty: Jehanne Gheith, Slavic Languages and Literature
  • Community Partners: Denise Waters & Laurie Hays Coffman, Croasdaile Village
  • Graduating Seniors: Leta Hallowell and Yvonne Lu
  • Faculty: Deb Reisinger, Romance Studies
  • Community Partner: Alison Hester, Endeavor Charter School
  • Graduating Seniors: Trish Ike and Laxmi Rajak
  • Faculty: Chris Sims, Center for Documentary Studies
  • Community Partner: Betty Johnson, Crest Street Tutorial Project
  • Faculty: Maha Houssami, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
  • Graduating Senior: Nicole Daniels
  • Community Partner: Heidi Carter, Board Chair, Durham Public Schools
  • Faculty: Charlotte Clark, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Graduating Senior: Haley Barrier
  • Community Partner: Student Action with Farmworkers


  • Faculty: Joan Clifford, Spanish Language Program
  • Graduating Senior: Youmna Sherif, Program II
  • Community Partner: Denice Johnson, Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership After-School Programs


  • Faculty: Ken Lyle, Chemistry
  • Graduating Senior: Alex Reese, Public Policy
  • Community Partner: Angela Martinez, Durham Crisis Response Center


  • Faculty: Deborah Gold, Social & Community Psych
  • Graduating Senior: Michele Lanpher, Psychology
  • Community Partner: Trish Lemm, Museum of Life and Science


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


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


  • Graduating Senior: Lissett Babaian, Public Policy