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Campus Compact Awards: Academics, Community, and Civic Service

Courtesy photo; Karen Jennings (Psychology)
Courtesy photo; Karen Jennings (Psychology)

Campus Compact for New Hampshire recognized KSC professor Karen Jennings, the Keene Head Start Program, and Jeremy French ’10 at the annual President’s Awards luncheon on April 14 in Nashua, NH.

Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Karen Jennings was awarded the Presidents’ Good Steward Award. While attending graduate school at Boston University, Jennings volunteered at the Samaritans suicide hotline, and she has connected her KSC students with the Samaritans program of the Monadnock Region. By offering her students the opportunity to volunteer as a partial service-learning component to her classes, she has secured a number of volunteers each semester for the Samaritans suicide hotline.

The Keene Head Start program received the Presidents’ Community Partner Award for its work with the Keene State College America Reads program. Nine KSC work-study students gained valuable experience in the early childhood education field through engaged weekly classroom work at Head Start, and the preschool children benefitted from having college students involved in their education from this early age.

Jeremy French received the Presidents’ Leadership Award for his work with local community youth and the campus community. A junior at Keene State, he is a member of College for Every Student (CFES) and a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Monadnock Region, and he works with the Keene Recreation Department’s Coordinated Approach to Child Health Program (CATCH) after-school program. He also volunteered weekly for the Marlborough/Harrisville After-School Program. An active member of the Greek community, he has served as Secretary for Phi Mu Delta.

Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private-sector partners committed to the civic purposes of higher education. The mission of Campus Compact for New Hampshire is to be a catalyst to integrate community service and civic responsibility throughout the academic and student-life goals of its member institutions.

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