Oscar Corral, CHS and Nicole Menard honored for community contributions
The Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards provide an opportunity for member presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. Acknowledgment of outstanding collaborative work informs and inspires tomorrow’s campus-community partnerships while playing a critical role in garnering support for higher education’s civic engagement initiatives.
Each president from a Minnesota Campus Compact member institution may recognize one honoree in three award categories. Tim Wynes, J.D., president of Inver Hills Community College, honored the recipients in all three award categories for their exceptional work supporting the campus and their communities.
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
This event brings together a variety of civic engagement stakeholders to celebrate the good work done across the state and consider ways of building on that work for greater impact. The award recipients will be recognized at this event.
Presidents’ Student Leadership Award
This award recognizes an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership. That commitment is evidenced by:
- Innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues
- Effective community building
- Integration of civic engagement into the college experience
Inver Hills student leader
Nominated by Javier Salinas Vega, Inver Hills admissions representative
- Age: 21
- High school and year graduated: Henry Sibley High School, 2014
- Hometown: Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico
- Current city or town of residence: West St. Paul, Minnesota
- Program and degree at Inver Hills: STEM-division program, Associate of Science (A.S)
- Extracurricular participation at Inver Hills: Unidos-Spanish Club president, International Club, LGTBQ+ Club, student senator, Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA)
- Future academic plans: Transfer to the University of Minnesota
- Career goals: Become a biomedical engineer
- Family: One brother, Victor, and one sister, Jazmin
One of Oscar’s passions is helping be a voice for underrepresented, undocumented and minority student populations.
Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award
This award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration or staff, or a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced a distinctive civic mission on their campus by forming strong partnerships, supporting the civic engagement of others, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.
CHS recipient representative
CHS community relations specialist
Inver Hills Foundation Board member
Nominated by Kristin Digiulio, Inver Hills biology faculty, and Gail Morrison, Inver Hills Foundation executive director
CHS is the college’s partner in A³ for Agriculture, an educational and career program for middle school and college students. CHS understands the critical need for graduates in the field of agriculture. The generous grant, which is in its second year, has allowed Inver Hills to bring the message about rewarding careers in agriculture to hundreds of students.
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 while engaging in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.
Biological science technician with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Nominated by Lisa Tracy, Inver Hills biology faculty
Nicole’s work has engaged students in research that has direct application in the management of wildlife and local habitats. This reciprocal partnership has served the USFWS by providing information for data-driven decisions while offering hands-on research for students that enriches their educational experience. Nicole’s collaborative approach to biology education has directly benefited 175+ Inver Hills students.
To learn more about the MN Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards, contact:
Director of Community and Work-Based Learning