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President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll includes Lawrence Tech

Release Date: April 29, 2013

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Kristin Jordan (center) was one of two Lawrence Tech students to receive the Commitment to Service Award from the Michigan Campus Compact.

Lawrence Technological University has once again been placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Campuses recognized on this national honor roll lead volunteerism efforts across the country by offering hundreds of service-learning courses and by engaging students in community service.

The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th annual meeting in Washington, DC. Seventeen colleges and universities from the Michigan Campus Compact (MICC) were recognized on the honor roll.

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MICC is an affiliate organization of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the national Campus Compact that supports the civic engagement activities of colleges and their students in Michigan.

Lawrence Tech students Kristin Jordan and  Elton Tate recently received the Commitment to Service Awards that MICC presents annually. This award recognizes students for either a breadth or depth of community involvement and service experiences, as well as the demonstration of meaningful reflection.

Jordan chairs the Young Adult Optimist Network, a committee within the Optimist Club of Southfield and Lathrup Village. As a mentor of the Junior Optimist Club, she encourages young people to get involved in community service.

“By getting more people to commit to a life of community service, the work done to the community multiplies and lasts far into the future,” Jordan said.

She also has volunteered with the Southfield Public Library, the Southfield Parks and Recreation Center, Lathrup Village City Hall, the South Oakland Shelter, and Field Zone, a program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Oakland County located in Southfield.

Tate was honored for organizing a new group on campus, Lawrence Tech Alternative Spring Break. In March 12 students traveled to New York City to help four nonprofit organizations, Occupy Sandy, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Literacy Inc. See this link.

Tate has worked as a citizen forester for Greening of Detroit and demonstrated to others how to plant a tree properly. He was a supporter of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life held in Southfield. He has joined his Phi Beta Sigma fraternity brothers in volunteering for Adopt-A-Highway, March for Babies, and the Relay for Life.

“Overall, I help those in need of assistance. It does not matter if it’s a nonprofit, a friend in need, or a stranger on the street. I’m always willing to help anyone,” Tate said.

LTU students Frances DePalma, Kimberly Klieber, and Corinne Greer received MICC’s Heart and Soul Award, which recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for their time, effort, and personal commitment to their community through service.

“The students who won these awards represent all the LTU students who provide important service to metro Detroit throughout the year,” said Jim Jolly, director of leadership programs at LTU. “Service learning is important because it provides students with an opportunity to utilize the skills they learn in the classroom to make our community stronger and safer.”