Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH), a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners, has named the recipients of the 2015 Presidents’ Campus Compact for Community Service Awards. President Stephen Jones has announced the following winners for Antioch University New England: Lauren Lisembee (Presidents’ Student Leadership Award); Dr. James Fauth (Presidents’ Good Steward Award); and The Community Kitchen (Presidents’ Community Partner Award).
Lauren Lisembee—2015 Presidents’ Student Leadership Award
Lauren Lisembee, a second year student in the Master of Arts Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program, from Houston, Texas, demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to serving others. She is the co-founder of the non-profit Written on Your Heart (WOYH), an organization that raises awareness of human trafficking and supports the recovery of human-trafficking survivors with homemade cards. Lisembee is honored for her outstanding contributions to community service, service learning, and/or civic engagement efforts.
Lauren established WOYH in the Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan areas, and she established the New England Chapter in 2013. Lauren facilitates the organization’s operations and educates the public about trafficking. She has worked collaboratively with the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) at Antioch to raise funds for both organizations. WOYH’s Board includes AUNE faculty and alumni.
Lauren organizes volunteers to make cards to encourage and inspire survivors who are on their healing journeys. Cards are delivered to international NGOs, and organizations and safe houses that work with survivors including Amirah, Inc.-Boston ( MA), Bags of Hope Ministries (MA), Bakhita House (MA), Dawn’s Place (PA), Freedom Place (TX), Free the Captives (TX), Chrysalis Mentoring (TX), Redeemed Ministries (TX), Restore Innocence (CO), Shield Bearer Counseling Centers (TX), and Traffick911 (TX).
WOYH’s mission promotes sustainability and hosts Nights of Encouragement Events at local businesses, schools, coffee shops, faith communities, and houses. Recent sites for events in New Hampshire include City Cafe, Community Bible Chapel, Flat Iron Coffee Shop, Keene State College, Life Church, Marlboro College, Praxis Church, Prime Roast, and Southern New Hampshire University.
The Presidents’ Student Leadership Award recognizes a student or student organization that has made service an integral part of his or her college experience as evidenced through contribution to the community. Recipients of this award show both a breadth and depth of involvement with a community organization or social issue and demonstrate leadership that translates into creating impact in the community.
Past AUNE Presidents’ Student Leadership Award recipients include Nikki Sauber (2014); Jadiel Torres-Caba (2013); “Think Outside the Bottle Campaign”(2012); the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity/Disaster Shakti (2011); Jessica Skinner (2010); Vincent Pignatiello (2009); Student Alliance (2008), and Sarah Gates (2007).
Dr. James Fauth—Presidents’ Faculty/Staff Good Steward Award
Dr. James Fauth, core faculty for the Department of Clinical Psychology, has been a visionary and relentless advocate for the behavioral health needs of under-served populations in New Hampshire. Fauth is honored for his contribution of professional expertise in service to the wider community and for significantly advancing public service on campus.
Recognizing the social and logistical barriers to mental health treatment in rural communities, Fauth partnered with the New Hampshire Endowment for Health and clinics around the state to explore models that integrate behavioral health and primary care services in the same location. Fauth’s work in integrated care has earned him regional and national recognition. He has served on the State Mental Health Commission and the Mental Health Council in New Hampshire. He’s consulted with health care reform groups in Maine and Vermont. Fauth has served on grant review panels for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Under his direction, the Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP) at AUNE has grown into an evaluation and quality improvement hub for New Hampshire, extending beyond integrated care to encompass multi-year initiatives in suicide prevention. Using both scientific and practical wisdom to solve local challenges, Fauth is an ambassador for Antioch’s social justice mission.
The Presidents’ Faculty/Staff Good Steward Award recognizes faculty, administrators, or staff members who have created and strived towards a vision, demonstrated commitment towards student and community voice, and served as a resource for service initiatives on campus.
Past recipients of the Faculty/Staff Good Steward Award include Krishni Pahl (2014); Abigail Abrash Walton (2013); Steve Chase (2012); Elizabeth McCann (2011), Cathy Schlichting (2010), Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky (2009), Polly Chandler (2008); and James Gruber (2007).
Presidents’ Community Partner Award—The Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen (TCK) in Keene, New Hampshire, is a leader in addressing hunger and food security issues in the Monadnock Region. TCK provides healthy and nutritious hot meals, take-home food boxes, and advocacy to low and moderate-income people. The Presidents’ Community Partner award recognizes a non-profit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with AUNE.
Enlisting the help of local volunteers, including AUNE students, faculty and staff, The Community Kitchen serves free hot meals six days a week and operates a food pantry program and a successful gleaning program that delivers fresh, local produce from area farms to the those in need. AUNE students and staff collect food for the pantry. Community Kitchen staff serve as advisors to Community Garden Connections (CGC) at AUNE. CGC volunteers, including AUNE students, faculty and community members, build raised bed gardens, manage a 1-acre giving plot, and provide gardening support throughout the region in collaboration with community nonprofit agencies and social service organizations. CGC initiatives provided over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Community Kitchen through TCK’s Gleaning Program, which wouldn’t be possible without their dedication to this shared work.
Past recipients of the Presidents’ Community Partner Award include C&S Wholesale Grocers (2014); Harris Center for Conservation Education (2013); Cheshire Medical Center (2012); Working Families Win (2011); Cheshire County Conservation District (2010); Monadnock Conservancy (2009); Stonewall Farm (2008); and Barnes Peterson (2007).
The 2015 Campus Compact awards will be presented at the Campus Compact for New Hampshire‘s (CCNH) annual Presidents’ Awards luncheon on April 7 in Bedford, New Hampshire. More than 200 college students, higher education staff and administrators, representatives of local K-12 schools and nonprofits will come together to celebrate and recognize community service on college campuses across the state. The event will be held at the SERESC conference center in Bedford, New Hampshire.
For more information, visit: www.compactnh.org/