2011 Winners-Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Awards
associate professor of philosophy and world religions in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Degnin was hired by UNI because of his emphasis on community service and his "public" philosophy. He serves in various roles around the Cedar Valley, but Degnin's largest area of community service has been to Covenant, Sartori and Mercy hospitals, where he serves as their ethics consultant. His role allows him to bring experience back to the community and his students, enabling them to take the results of his classes and apply them to the rest of their lives. Degnin will donate the money to the American Red Cross in support of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.
assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gaff has focused a lot of his efforts on unearthing some of the Cedar Valley's prehistoric secrets. His archeological surveys have helped the Hartman Reserve rethink how they build and maintain trails, plan for construction projects and maintain utilities. Prior to Gaff's research, there was little consideration for the historical treasures within the park. Gaff has made numerous presentations to draw attention to the potential of archaeology to contribute to a community's understanding of its history. His new discoveries are helping to fill in the archeological record of a poorly understood part of Iowa. Gaff will donate the money to The Friends of Hartman Reserve.
interim head and professor of communication studies in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Martin has been involved with the College Hill Partnership since its formation in 2008. He has helped develop marketing materials, draft press releases and has chaired several major events to bring positive attention to College Hill. He works with his students and empowers them to plan and organize events and to get quality, hands-on experience. Much of the College Hill Partnership's growth during the past few years can be directly attributed to the efforts of Martin and his students. Martin will donate the money to the College Hill Partnership.
associate professor of mathematics in the College of Natural Sciences
Noh has been active in building relationships with schools and math teachers in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo community school districts, fostering learning for both the university and the schools. Along with a colleague, Noh designed a school-based field-experience model that benefitted UNI math pre-service teachers with extended, high-quality field experiences. Noh, along with her students, facilitated math club sessions at Waterloo West High School offering assistance with homework and college entrance exam preparation. Noh will donate the money to Waterloo West High School.
assistant professor of art in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Voss has directed the content in several of her courses towards issues of community engagement and involvement through the arts. She also taught a seminar that focused on the theme "Artists and Community" and presented material on how artists have integrated their work into various community-based projects. Recently, Voss' Sculpture I class collaborated with members of Newel Post, a day facility for adults with mental disabilities or illness. She allows her students to grow by putting art into practice in the community. Voss will donate the money to Newel Post.