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Citadel News Service
1 Apr 2013

Students, Krause Center honored for first time with state, national awards for service learning, civic engagement

For the first time, The Citadel has been recognized with three state and national awards recognizing the college's commitment to leadership development through community service and civic engagement.

  • krause awards-students The Corporation for National and Community Service named The Citadel to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
  • Pierce Weller, an active duty Navy student, is the 2013 recipient of the South Carolina Student Service Achievement Award.
  • Cadet James Robert Daniell III is the recipient of the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Conway Saylor, director of service learning and 2012 S.C. Professor of the Year, said the three awards are affirmation that The Citadel's commitment to integrate service learning and civic engagement into the four-year leadership development program is paying off.

"Pierce Weller and Robert Daniell are emblematic of the thoughtful, generous community contributors we hope to build through service learning," she said. "They both started as exceptionally engaged volunteers and grew into young leaders with a grasp of important social issues; experience designing, implementing and evaluating programs that address the issues; and a commitment to being part of the long-term solutions."

The South Carolina Student Service Achievement Award honors community service efforts. Weller is a senior psychology major with a minor in applied physics. A resident of Suisun City, Calif., he led groups of cadets and graduate students in fine-tuning a curriculum aimed at Lowcountry students who have a high risk to drop out of school or be expelled. Weller has invested hundreds of hours in replicating and evaluating programs, developing manuals and training his sophomore and junior successors to insure that this program will carry on after he graduates.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors college student leaders who have invested time through service, research and advocacy in finding solutions for obstacles communities face. Daniell, a sophomore from Greer, S.C., was recognized for his work developing a psychology-based curriculum in some of Charleston's most challenged middle and high schools. This curriculum is to be modeled after SMART Strengths, a program that demonstrates how to change a school system, one person at a time. Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents.

Photo identification: Pierce Weller (top), James Robert Daniell (bottom)

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