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Outreach awards presented to faculty, staff

by Sherry Fisher - October 16, 2006

Awards for excellence in outreach and public engagement were given to faculty, staff, and students at a ceremony on Thursday at the Nathan Hale Inn.

The event marked the first time the awards were presented.

"We want to recognize those people whose work has advanced the outreach mission of the University," says Provost Peter Nicholls.

"This is a critical commitment of the land grant mission. Through their efforts they've succeeded in pushing outreach to new levels."

Krista Rodin, vice provost for public university outreach, says, "Engaged scholars are people whose work touches all the institution's missions: teaching, research, and public service. They must connect to the outside community by fostering research that is immediately applicable and beneficial to the community."

Criteria for selection of faculty members and staff included sustained leadership in working with the public and/or external organizations; innovative ways of working for the well being of citizens and communities; documented excellence in extending University knowledge; and impact on a target audience.

Criteria for students included sustained leadership responsibilities that have progressively increased over time; innovative ways of working for the well being of citizens and communities; evidence of impact on a target audience; and demonstrated academic, intellectual, or professional development as a result of the experience.

Award winners received a plaque for outstanding outreach service.

The selection committee was made up of three faculty members, two staff members, and one student.

Award winners are:

Student award

Public service - Allison Fisher, Social Work

Professional Staff Awards

Research-Based Public Service - Peter Tyczkowski, Pharmacy, for Students Assisting Patients with Medicare, Part D

University Resource - Joy Erickson, Chemistry, for Science Programs for Youth

Program Awards

Interdisciplinary Engaged Scholarship - Gear-Up with Hartford Public Schools

Engaged Scholarship - Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials

University Resource - Center for Applied Research, Family Studies; Executive Education Programs, Business

Research-Based Public Service and Engagement - Global Education

Faculty Awards

Public Service - Antonia Cordero, Social Work, for her extensive work with Hispanic communities in Greater Hartford and Puerto Rico; Donna Ellis, Plant Science, for her work with Integrated Pest Management

Engaged Scholarship - Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Nutritional Sciences, for his work with the Hispanic Family Nutrition Program Vice Provost Award for Outreach and Engagement - Denis Coble, Allied Health, and Mark Samos, for their public health-related work with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

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