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Shelter Rock Receives Community Partner Award

BOONE–Shelter Rock Appalachian Relief, an inter-denominational agency based in Foscoe that serves impoverished individuals and families, received the 2003 Outstanding Community Partner Award from Appalachian State University’s Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) Office.

The award recognizes the agency’s commitment to providing student volunteers with meaningful opportunities to serve the community during the 2002-03 year.

More than 200 Appalachian students have volunteered with Shelter Rock, from painting its sanctuary, to collecting food and clothing and preparing meals for Shelter Rock’s clients.

With its annual awards, ACT also honored faculty, students and campus organizations for their work in volunteering with the local community.

Karen DeLisle received Most Outstanding Female Student Volunteer for leading volunteer projects at Mountain Mission Farms. On campus, she is a volunteer facilitator with the Emerging Leaders program and chairs the ImpAct team. She is a senior communication major from Penrose.

Alex Keyes of Raleigh was named Most Outstanding Male Student Volunteer for his service to the homeless and impoverished, and mentally challenged adults and children. He works with agencies locally and out of state. He is a junior interdisciplinary studies major.

Melanie Edmisten, a university staff member in the Quinn Recreation Center, was honored as Most Outstanding Faculty/Staff Volunteer. She is active in colon cancer education and has volunteered with Hospice, American Red Cross, Blue Ridge Cancer Coalition and American Cancer Society. She is also active in her church and community.

The Most Outstanding Club/Organization Award was presented to W. H. Plemmons Leader Fellows for three projects: organizing and implementing a fundraising festival for Whitnell Four Seasons Elementary School in Caldwell County, collecting clothing and supplies for an orphanage in Chile, and sponsoring a leadership and personal development workshop for William Lenoir Middle School.

The Most Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Norm Clark, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication who has been instrumental in establishing Appalachian’s service-learning program during the past three years. By connecting his classes with community needs, nearly 800 students have gained experience creating brochures, web sites, videos and other media projects for non-profit agencies.

Brooke Gregory, a 2002 graduate, has been named Most Outstanding ACT Alum. An employee of Cracker Barrel in Elkin, Gregory has combined her job with volunteering. She and her coworkers have collected food for their local food pantry, and clothes and household items for a family who lost their home to fire. She also organized a February food drive at work, called The Barrel of Love, commemorating Valentine’s Day and the spirit of giving.

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