Community service recognized with awards

Fifteen students, faculty and staff were honored May 1 for their contributions to community service.

The awards recognized recipients of two distinctions: the Chancellor’s Outstanding Community Service Award and the Commonwealth Essays in Community Service Learning.

The 11 winners of the Outstanding Community Service Award include Melvin Rodriguez, director of DiMES an alumni-supported diversity program in the Isenberg School of Management; Ashley Brown of the Office of Community Service Learning; Erica Scharrer, associate professor of Communication; Ruth-Ellen Verock-O’Loughlin, lecturer in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies; Peter Shea, cataloger at the Du Bois Library, and Kelly Gervais, teacher and Bridges to the Future staff member. Graduate students Bree Carlson and Talib Sadiq and undergraduates include Stania Alexis, Andrea Gross and Jacquelyn Teixeira also received awards.

The awardees were nominated by faculty, staff or community-based organizations.

The recipients of the Commonwealth Essays in Community Service include undergraduates Catherine Scott and Nelson Santos who received a $250 prize. Jean Capone and Jena Verrocchi were named runners-up and received $125.