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Syracuse University recognizes commitment to community at Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship ceremony

Syracuse University honored students, faculty, staff and community partners who exemplify SU's commitment to engagement with the community and Scholarship in Action with the 2009 Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship at a celebration dinner on March 23  in the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center's Goldstein Auditorium.

SU students, faculty and staff engage in tens of thousands of hours of community- based work in partnership with the Syracuse community, the region and the world. Public scholarship is done through the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (CPCS), as well as many other SU/community partnerships and programs.

"Every year when I read the nominations and prepare for the Chancellor's event, I continue to be struck by the depth and breadth of the kinds of projects and activities SU students are doing," says Pamela Kirwin Heintz, associate vice president for engagement in the Division of Academic Affairs and director of CPCS. "We have fantastic students at SU who value their role as engaged citizens, making significant commitments and contributions to their communities, whether here in Syracuse or on the other side of the world. And the wonder of it all is that I know these projects and activities enhance our students' learning as they begin to see the world through the eyes of their community partners. What a win-win for us all." 

This year's honorees include the iSchool student group, BOOST:

Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship

Student Group Award (This award is for groups of students who came together informally around issues or interests, but are not formally recognized as student organizations.)


  • BOOST (Bolstering Original Opportunity and Self through Technology creates self-reliance in women by teaching participants from the local community basic technical skills to assist them in the workforce or in starting their own business.

For a complete listing of other award winners, check out the SU News article.

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