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Max A. Shacknai COVE recognizes outstanding contributions

By Contributing Writer on September 11, 2018

The Max A. Shacknai COVE exists through the efforts of individuals. During the course of the year, we have had a number of opportunities to recognize the work of others.

Dean’s Community Service Award
This award is given to the most worthy individual, residential unit, or group at Colgate which through the year immediately preceding the award has given significant service to the local community. This service exemplifies an understanding that we are part of a larger community and that volunteer service and civic participation are part of the responsibility of well-educated women and men.  Katie Steklac ’18 and Caroline Walsh ’18 were awarded the 2018 Dean’s Community Service Award.

Projects for Peace
Dan Miller ’19 and Siena Frost ’19 were awarded the Projects for Peace award in support of their project, Countering Violent Extremism through Intercultural Dialogue. Frost and Miller plan to study and promulgate a new approach to countering violent extremism and fostering interethnic cohesion in multicultural society. Their test case is Brussels, Belgium, where local officials are using intercultural dialogue to integrate an alienated Muslim population into mainstream culture.

The project was funded with a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace, an initiative for undergraduate projects designed to find solutions to conflicts. Projects are conducted during the summer, and can focus on an issue anywhere in the world, including the U.S. The Projects for Peace grant is available to students in 90 colleges and universities affiliated with the Davis United World College Program, an organization that provides scholarships to its partnered institutions.

Celebration of Service
On Wednesday, April 4, the COVE held its annual Celebration of Service recognizing, the great work that student volunteers have completed in the last academic year. We recognized a number of individuals for outstanding commitment to community.

Direct Service Award
Given to the team that displays outstanding achievement in the area of direct service. Winning teams sustain a committed base of volunteers and provide consistent and reliable direct service to the community. Winners:
Hamilton Fire Fighters, Stockbridge Juniors, Liberty Kids

Collaboration Award
Given to a team that has collaborated effectively on a program or initiative. This collaboration enhances relationships and builds coalitions between different student groups, and addresses a community need through direct service. Winner:
Colgate SAT Prep

Social Change Award
Given to the team or individual that displays outstanding achievement in the area of social change. The team or individual identifies underlying social issues that create the community needs and begins to work toward sustainable change. Winners:
Chinyere Okogeri ’18 – Colgate SAT Prep, Caroline Walsh ’18 – M&M’s

Campus Impact Award
Given to the team that displays outstanding achievement in the area of campus impact. The team creates on-campus visibility of issues affecting the community and encourages formal and informal dialogues on issues and topics that affect the community. Winner:

Community Partner Award
The Community Partner Award is given to a community partner that has shown committed, sustained, and exemplary partnership with a COVE team. Winners:
Madison Central School, Melissa Latella – Stockbridge Valley Elementary School

COVE Team Leader Award
Given to a team leader who, through their leadership and service, has illustrated the philosophy and mission of the COVE in their team. The team leader is committed to direct service to the community and sustained collaboration with community partners. Winners:
Angela Barrett ’18 – Pet Pals, Maria Johnson ’18 – Pet Pals, Emma Kolinsky ’18 – Pet Pals, P.J. Murphy ’18 – Madison EMS

Emerging Leader Award
Given to a first- or second-year COVE leader who has shown their commitment to direct service and demonstrated their potential for leadership and continuing service to the Hamilton community. Winners:
Julia Blackwell ’20- Ophelia’s Girls, Elizabeth Giacobbe ’20 – Stockbridge Juniors, Megan Martis ’20 – MadCrafts and Pet Pals, Nick Quinn ’20 – M&M’s

Volunteer Award
Given to a student who exceeds the expectations of the group in which they are involved. Winners:
Peter Baker ’20 – Madison Mentors and SOMAC, Jon Delman ’18 – Hamilton Fire Fighters, Tuyen Ta Hoang – Morrisville Eaton Secondary Tutoring, Emily Seiple ’19 – Friends of Hamilton Manor, Zach Walsh ’18 – SOMAC

Max A. Shacknai Award
The Max A. Shacknai Award is given to an outstanding senior who has exemplified and embodied the mission of the COVE through their four years of direct service and collaboration with community partners. Winners:
Taylor Garry ’18 – North Broad Street Mentors, MadCrafts, and Sidekicks, Rachel Weinstein ’18 – SOMAC

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