President MaryAnn Baenninger congratulates Associate Professor Kesha Moore for the Faculty Leadership Award, which she shares with Laurel Kearns of Drew Theological School.
President MaryAnn Baenninger congratulates Associate Professor Kesha Moore for the Faculty Leadership Award, which she shares with Laurel Kearns of Drew Theological School.

13 students, professors and staffers are honored for taking action.

April 2016 – Thirteen students, professors and staffers at Drew University were recognized this month for civic engagement at the school’s annual award ceremony.

Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger, who presented the first award—for faculty leadership—said, “We do not add to the world’s good without engaging with that world,” adding that this year’s honorees exemplified the crucial connection between the University and the communities around it.

More than 100 people filled Crawford Hall for the April 19 event, which was hosted by Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement. Around the perimeter of the room, representatives of groups like the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains and Drew ‘s Volunteer Resource Center stood behind tables with pamphlets and trifold posters, explaining their work.

A slideshow also highlighted examples of Drew volunteerism this year, such as during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the alternative winter break trip to New Orleans. The event culminated in a music and poetry performance by members of Arts Advantage: The Newark Collaboration, which connects Drewids with students in Newark’s public schools and fosters mentorship through the arts.

In all, seven awards were handed out. Here’s the full list of honorees:

1) Faculty Leadership Award

Laurel Kearns, associate professor of sociology and religion and environmental studies, and Kesha Moore, associate professor of sociology

2) Staff Leadership Award

Jovin Fernandez, resident director

3) Creative Community Award

Emily Kubin C’17, founder of Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative

4) Graduate Student Community Action Award

Philip Salter, Master of Divinity student

5) Ben Salmon Service Recognition Award

Cara Anan C’17

6) Thomas D. Sayles Jr. Student Award for Outstanding Service to the Community

Michelle Gonnella C’17 and Victoria Emm C’17

7) Collaborative Action Award

The Hunger Action Team, which included Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick McGuinn, Campus Sustainability Coordinator Tina Notas, Student Activities Program Coordinator Steph Mazzarella, Engy Gadelmawla C’17, Kara Bradley C’17 and Interfaith Food Pantry representatives Rosemary Gilmartin, Erin Long and Russ Hall.