Madison Mayor and Borough Officials Honored at Drew University
Jimmy Jones, owner of local taxi and limousine business, also recognized.
Madison Mayor Bob Conley, Assistant Borough Administrator Jim Burnet and Jimmy Jones, a business owner from Morristown, were honored for their work and commitment to Drew University at the university’s annual Civic Engagement Awards.
Conley and Burnet were honored with the Collaborative Action Award for the borough’s several partnerships with Drew, including the Chief Executive Council for Madison Emerging Leaders Fellows programs and other internship and partnership opportunities for Drew students.
In 2012, a group of business, education and government leaders came together to form the Chief Executive Council of Madison. Through this partnership, Drew students meet with local executives, participate in panel discussions and serve in the Emerging Leaders Fellowship program.
Jimmy Jones of Morristown, owner of J & J Taxi and Limousine Service, was given a Certificate of Appreciation for transporting Drew students to community sites at a discounted rate in support of their commitment to serving the elderly and homeless, tutoring children and distributing furniture to families in need.
Each year, Drew recognizes individuals and groups who are committed to improving the world around them through its Civic Engagement Awards program.
“Since 2009, Drew University has been recognizing and rewarding our faculty, staff and students whose commitment to the greater good has led them to support civic engagement in its many forms,” said Amy Koritz, director for the Center of Civic Engagement. “These honorees represent a deep and pervasive commitment at Drew to addressing the urgent social challenges of our time. Their many civic activities reflect the value Drew places on reciprocity and respect in the service of adding to the world’s good.”
Also recognized were Drew students, faculty and staff:
- Faculty Leadership Award: Debra Liebowitz , associate dean of the college of liberal arts, and Chris Ceraso, associate professor of theatre arts. Liebowitz was recognized for teaching that connects knowledge with action, particularly in the area of the Semester at the United Nations and for her work as a scholar-activist. Ceraso was chosen for his work with the Newark collaboration along with serving urban students in other city schools.
- Staff Leadership Award: Frank Merckx, the dean of students, was chosen for his work with the Volunteer Resource Center and its Winter Alternative Break program, for mentoring students and for seeking out and chaperoning civic engagement opportunities for them.
- Creative Community Award: Samantha Weckesser C’15 was recognized for her work with the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps and for advocating to make Drew a smoke-free campus. Kate Fisher C’15 increased the yield of Drew’s vegetable garden to give produce for the needy and organized a dinner to feed the hungry of Morristown.
- Graduate Student Community Action Award: Master of Arts in Teaching student Stephanie Weymouth C’14, G’15 was selected for numerous activities, including working with students in Newark Public Schools, serving as a mentor and acting coach, and volunteering at nursing home and other places.
- Thomas D. Sayles Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Community: Alyssa Petersen C’16 works for sustainability both on and off-campus and is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts. Najah Johnson C’16 is an active member of the Drew-Newark Theatre Collaborative, is a tutor in Newark and also sings in the Pan-African Choir.
- Ben Salmon Service Recognition Award: Kia Bourdot C’15 organized a blood drive to benefit Zufall Health Center where she also completed an internship, and she volunteers at Morristown Neighborhood House, which serves low income, primarily immigrant residents.