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Carroll Community College Student Club Receives Award

Release Date: 11/14/2012

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Student Club Receives Award

Westminster, Md., —The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) club at Carroll Community College (Carroll) was selected by Maryland-DC Campus Compact for Excellence in Service, which recognizes college student groups that excel in impacting their community through service-learning. The award was presented on Oct. 26 at the Annual President’s Meeting hosted by Montgomery College in Maryland.

Carroll was the only community college among two-and-four year member colleges which received an award from Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact.

Maryland-DC Campus Compact is a membership association of college and university Presidents and their institutions that are committed to promoting engaged citizenship as an aim of higher education. The organization provides leadership in advocating, supporting, and increasing student involvement in academic and co-curricular-based public service.

The STEM club promotes interest and investigation into topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The club started in 2010 with seven students and has since grown to more than 150 student members.

“The Excellence in Service Student Group Award is a highly-competitive, region-wide award, honoring top-quality, student-led programs which make a real impact in the community,” said Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact Executive Director Madeline Yates. “This year, Carroll was the only community college in our network to win one of our six annual region-wide awards, competing with our 31-member institutions. Carroll’s STEM club does outstanding work which the Executive Board of our Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact is thrilled to be able to recognize.”

“I am exceedingly proud of the service efforts of the STEM club at Carroll,” said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “Our students are outstanding ambassadors of the college within the community, as evidenced by this award.”

"The award is validation of the very strong partnership that exists between Carroll students and faculty,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. James Ball.  “In the case of this award, our STEM faculty members were deservedly recognized for creating motivational learning activities that engage students both in and out of the classroom. We could not be more proud of the faculty and of our students who put so much effort into their service-learning projects.”

“This award is partly based on whether the service projects involved are cost-effective and can be replicated by other college student groups,” said Professor Maria Burness, chair of Mathematics and Engineering at Carroll. Burness also serves as the faculty so-advisor for the STEM club, along with Dr. Raza Khan who teaches Chemistry at Carroll.

Coordinator of Service-Learning and Internships Shawntay Stocks said that the STEM club was nominated by Carroll for the award because of its unique service-related activities, including the STEM Camp; a middle-school project called “Ready, Set, STEM”; and an Earth Day project.

At the STEM Camp held at Carroll this summer, STEM club volunteers assisted with week-long activities for high school students seeking to learn about STEM fields. Club members were peer mentors and shared their personal experiences with the students. The week was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

“Ready, Set, STEM” is an event at Shiloh Middle School in which STEM club members engage seventh graders in Science and Mathematics activities. During an Earth Day celebration at the college this past spring, members of the STEM club organized exhibits with hands-on activities.

The STEM club plans to continue with these and other related activities in the coming years.


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