Presidents' Awards for Civic Engagement

February 05, 2015

Dear Members of the Gustavus Community,

I invite you to submit nominations for the 2015 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards for Civic Engagement. The Presidents’ Awards are the highest honor in the state for colleges and universities to recognize the work of students, faculty, staff, and community partners engaged in developing and leading community-campus partnerships that strengthen our communities, develop informed and engaged citizens, and foster democratic values and processes.

We will recognize one honoree in each of the following three award categories:

Presidents’ Student Leadership Award

This award recognizes an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, as evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

Previous Award Winners

  • Service Leadership Cohort – 2011
  • Ben Batz – 2012
  • Katelyn Warburton – 2013
  • Anna McDevitt – 2014

Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award

This award recognizes an individual faculty member, administrator, support staff member, or a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced the campus’s distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

Previous Award Winners

  • Dr. Kyle E. Chambers, Psychological Science – 2011
  • Dr. Marie Walker, Psychological Science – 2012
  • Dr. Elizabeth Baer, English – 2013
  • Lynnea Myers, Nursing – 2014

Presidents’ Community Partner Award

This award recognizes 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 the College, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

Previous Award Winners

  • Partnership Council – 2011
  • Ben Leonard, Nicollet County Historical Society – 2012
  • Mayo Health System – 2013
  • Peter Olson, Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota - 2014

Make a Nomination

Honorees and presidents will celebrate the exemplary work of the Presidents’ Award recipients at an awards ceremony and luncheon during the Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit and Awards Ceremony on April 16, 2015, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Award winners receive a certificate, recognition in the event program, and a profile on the MNCC’s website.

Nominations should be submitted by Friday, February 27, 2015, by 8 p.m.

Help us celebrate and honor the College’s recent Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Designation with your nominations highlighting the outstanding civic work happening across our campus and broader communities. You may nominate more than one person or group. Please contact Jeffrey Rathlef, director for community-based service and learning,, if you have specific questions.

Thank you for your nominations and support in recognizing our civically-engaged leaders and partners!


Rebecca Bergman