AUNE Student, Staff Member, and Community Partner Honored by Campus Compact for NH

Antioch University New England (AUNE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents’ Awards for excellence in community service. The award winners are AUNE student Jessica Skinner, AUNE staff member Catherine Schlichting, and the Cheshire County Conservation District, a local community partner. All were honored at an awards luncheon on April 13 held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire.

More about Jessica.
Jessica Skinner, a science teacher certification student, has received the Presidents’ Leadership Award. It is bestowed on a student or student organization that has made outstanding contributions to community service, service learning, and/or civic engagement efforts on their campus.

Jessica Skinner, 2010 Campus Compact Award RecipientJessica was chosen for her many diverse accomplishments. As co-chair of the AUNE Student Alliance, she significantly increased the group’s community involvement. On her own initiative, she established a campus organic garden, which not only educates others about the local food system, but provides fresh produce to the AUNE café and the Keene Community Kitchen. Jessica also served as the university’s first solid-waste coordinator and staffed the volunteer subcommittee on solid waste as part of the campus’s effort to write a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2020. In addition, she organized and launched various public education programs on solid waste, vermi-composting, and sustainability and social justice. Actively involved in the greater Keene community, Jessica participated in the City of Keene’s master planning process.

More about Catherine.
Catherine Schlichting is the recipient of the 2010 Presidents’ Good Steward Award, which honors a faculty, administration, or staff member who has contributed his or her professional expertise to serve the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on their campus. A valued staff member in the university’s student accounts office since 2004, Cathy has been continually active in community service, encouraged many others to follow suit, and exemplifies the spirit of socially engaged citizenship that is embedded in AUNE education.

Several years ago, as part of a university-sponsored community service day, Cathy volunteered to paint walls at a women’s shelter operated by the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP). Since then, she has continued to serve that nonprofit organization, bringing her passion for her work back to campus to organize fundraising events to assist MCVP clients. During the past year alone, Cathy rallied twenty-five staff members to organize a dessert bake-off and a homemade soup competition, which raised more than $1,100 to sponsor two families in need.

More about the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD).
The Presidents’ Community Partner Award is annually given to a non-profit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university.

This year’s recipient is the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD). The local agency promotes the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources for the people of Cheshire County by bringing individuals and groups with common environmental interests together to share ideas, resources and information. It provides technical, educational, and financial resources for Cheshire County landowners and organizations. The agency uses volunteers, including many AUNE students and faculty members, to achieve its mission.

CCCD and Antioch University New England have formed a partnership to support the work of the agency’s Monadnock Farm and Community Connection program. With financial and technical support from the university, CCCD sponsored two AmeriCorp members to develop a volunteer network to support area farmers and increase public knowledge about local agriculture. The AmeriCorp members, both AUNE graduates, focus on volunteer recruitment, retention, management, and coordination. The productive partnership not only benefits the district in supporting local agriculture, and AUNE in preparing professionals for environmental work, but also provides service opportunities to the university’s students and the citizens of the Monadnock Region.

More about Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH).
CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners. Its mission is to catalyze and integrate community service and civic responsibility throughout the academic and student life goals of its member institutions.