The 2012 President’s Campus Compact winners were given their awards by David Caruso, president of Antioch University New England (AUNE), in April. They are:
- President’s Leadership Award: Students in the Organizing for Social Change class, for its Think Outside the Bottle Antioch campaign.
- President’s Good Steward Award: Steve Chase, director of advocacy for social justice and sustainability, Department of Environmental Studies.
- President’s Community Partner Award: Cheshire Medical Center /Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and Vision 2020.
President’s Leadership Award
The Leadership Award is given to a student or student organization that has made outstanding contributions to community service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement efforts on campus.
Students in the fall 2011 Organizing for Social Change class—Mike Sharon, Tony Krutiak, Andrea Cadwell, John Dunham, Megan Straughen, Erika Stimpson, Monica Pless, and Judith Karangi—implemented a service-learning project called Think Outside the Bottle Antioch. Their goal was to move the AUNE community to reject water sold in plastic throwaway bottles and make it easier to use tap water. Their public education campaign persuaded four hundred people on campus to pledge to use tap water and to advocate for strong public water systems; they also changed AUNE policy to encourage those goals. The students sparked a remarkable level of positive change at AUNE as they were learning by doing, reflecting, and studying.
The Organizing for Social Change class is in the Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability concentration in the Department of Environmental Studies.
Find out more about the Think Outside the Bottle campaign.
President’s Good Steward Award
The Good Steward Award honors an AUNE faculty, administration, or staff member who has contributed professional expertise to serve the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on the campus.
Steve Chase, director of advocacy for social justice and sustainability, directs the master’s program concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability in the Department of Environmental Studies. This is the only graduate environmental studies program in the country specifically tailored to the training needs of professional public-interest advocates and community organizers. His use of service-learning in his courses has significantly advanced public service on the AUNE campus. He taught the Organizing for Social Change course in which the Think Outside the Bottle Antioch campaign was conceived and undertaken.
Chase is also deeply involved in the wider community. A longtime activist, writer, and popular educator, he is active with the international Transition Movement and was a co-founder of the Transition Keene Task Force. Find out more about Steve Chase.
President’s Community Partner Award
The President’s Community Partner Award is given to a nonprofit organization that has improved the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and is engaged in sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university.
The Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) has done exceptional work in undertaking Vision 2020, a campaign to make Keene and surrounding communities the healthiest community in the United States by the year 2020.
AUNE has worked with CMC/DHK from the project’s early stages in assessment and evaluation, and as partners in community coalitions such as Advocates for Healthy Youth and the Council for a Healthier Community.
Find out more about CMC/DHK and Vision 2020.
Find out more about the President’s Campus Compact Awards.
The Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners committed to the civic purposes of higher education. Its mission is to be a catalyst to integrate community service and civic responsibility through the academic and student life goals of its member institutions.