Concordia St. Paul student Jordan Bruss (’17), art faculty Cate Vermeland and community partner The Lexington-Hamline Community Council were all honored at the annual Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards luncheon April 5.
The awards provide an opportunity for member presidents to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. Each president from a Minnesota Campus Compact member school nominates one honoree in each of three award categories: Presidents’ Student Leadership Award, Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award, and Presidents’ Community Partner Award.
Presidents’ Student Leadership Award
Presented to a student that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, CSP’s 2017 honoree was senior biology major Jordan Bruss. Active in a number of organizations on campus, including Concordia Activities Board, Ignite Leadership Program and Tetra Delta Science Club, Bruss has been helping address the issues of homelessness and affordable housing by volunteering with Our Saviours Housing since last summer. He has also volunteered at Regions Hospital.
Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award
A faculty member in CSP’s art department since 1994, Cate Vermeland was honored with the 2017 Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award for her involvement with the Lex-Ham’s Community @ Work event last fall. As part of the event, Vermeland helped steer some of her students into the task of utilizing art to create community. This award is given to a faculty or staff member who has significantly advanced their campus’ civic mission by forming strong partnerships and working to institutionalize a culture of practice of engagement.
Presidents’ Community Partner Award
The Lexington-Hamline Community Council was nominated by CSP to receive a Presidents’ Community Partner Award. A long-time partner of Concordia, Lex-Ham hosted the Community@ Work event, which rasied visibility around the need for livability improvements around the Lexington bridge over I-94. This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a university.