MNCC 20th Anniversary Summit and Awards Luncheon

Garlough Environmental Magnet School
Garlough Environmental Magnet School

IHCC presenting three awards

Inver Hills Community College presented three awards at the Minnesota Campus Compact 20th Anniversary Summit and Awards Luncheon Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. The awards recognized individuals and organizations on the IHCC campus and in the community that have advanced the civic mission of the college.

For more detailed information about the event, visit 20th Anniversary Summit and Awards Luncheon on the Minnesota Campus Compact website.

Presidents’ Student Leadership Award

Brent Magee

Brent Magee

An A.A. and Education Foundations student at IHCC, Brent Magee serves as Student Senate president and works to maintain a “Community of Unity” on campus. Brent has helped to dramatically increase student civic engagement both through Student Senate and through service opportunities. He challenges himself and others to be the leaders who create positive growth and change. You can learn more about Brent by reading “Leadership Now” in Inver Hills Magazine.

About the award

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

Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award

Tanya Smutka

Tanya Smutka

Tanya Smutka, a biology instructor at the college, has designed opportunities for all her students to engage in service-learning partnerships with local environmental agencies and K–12 schools, including the first-ever IHCC Earth Day event in spring 2014. Additionally, Tanya is collaborating with ISD 196 to host “Expanding Your Horizons,” a conference engaging middle school girls in STEM careers.

Tanya Smutka's Student Cell-Building Activity at Garlough

Tanya Smutka’s Student Cell-Building Activity at Garlough

About the award

The Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award recognizes a faculty, administration or staff member, or a group, e.g., advisory committee, task force or project team, that has significantly advanced a distinctive campus civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others in civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

Presidents’ Community Partner Award

Garlough Environmental Magnet School

Garlough Environmental Magnet School

Garlough Environmental Magnet School, or GEMS, provides engaging learning opportunities for all students, including an Environmental Studies Program that partners with Dodge Nature Center and emphasizes science, technology and math for grades K–4. GEMS collaborates with IHCC through numerous service-learning projects with courses that cover art, biology, geology, English, education and mathematics. The principal of GEMS provides insights on IHCC advisory boards.

About the award

The Presidents’ Community Partner 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.

For more information about the awards or service-learning projects at Inver Hills Community College, contact:

Katie Halcrow

Director of Service-Learning
651-450-3241

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