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Appalachian student receives N.C. Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award

communityserviceaward_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University student Lauren Large has received a North Carolina Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award. The award was presented during the Compact Student Conference held at Western Carolina University.

Twenty-seven college students across the state received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus’ efforts to address local community needs.

Laura Large_t2.jpgLaura Large, center, a student at Appalachian State University, has received the Community Impact Student Award from the N.C. Campus Compact. The award recognizes students who have made significant contributions to their campus’s community service activities. Pictured with Large are Stacy Knotts, right, a member of the Sylva town council, and Dr. Lisa Keyne, N.C. Campus Compact executive director. (Photo submitted)

Sylva councilwoman Stacy Knotts and N.C. Campus Compact executive director Dr. Lisa Keyne presented the award to Large before an audience of more than 220 college students and guests representing 25 higher education institutions.

Large also received a Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from Gov. Bev Perdue and a congratulatory letter from N.C. Rep. Heath Shuler.

Large is a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in communication.  This is her third year on the impACT team at Appalachian, where as co-chair, she assists in the planning of events and educating students about social issues.

impACT consists of student leaders who work to make community service experiences more meaningful for students. Team members coordinate and promote projects and events sponsored by the university’s volunteer clearinghouse (Appalachian and the Community Together). They also facilitate presentations, reflection sessions, and social awareness activities for clubs/organizations, residence halls and classes.

Last spring, Large was a co-leader for PEAKS, a 10-week long leadership series. She also attended an alternative spring break trip to Panama and is leading an international alternative spring break trip in 2010.  She also was part of an initiative to raise more than $13,000 for Pennies for Peace, a non-profit organization that constructs schools in Pakistan or Afghanistan.  After college, Large hopes to earn a master’s degree in student development and work with a service office or service-learning program at a university.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of higher education presidents and chancellors established to encourage and support campus engagement in the community.