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Kimzey honored for community service work

ELON—Shady Kimzey, a senior at Appalachian State University, has received a 2013 Community Impact Student Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement, the award recognizes one outstanding student on each campus for making a difference in the community. Nineteen students across the state are being honored this year.

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At Appalachian, Kimzey is involved with the ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together) office, leading alternative service experiences and planning low-cost weekend service opportunities for fellow students. She also coordinates the Social Justice Coffee Hour series on campus and is a committee member for Don’t Throw It Away/BIG Sale, Dance Marathon and ACT Out. She serves on the board of F.A.R.M. Cafe and organized the “One Dress, One Shirt, One Month” fundraiser for Hope House.

Kimzey is a Public Relations major from Raleigh.

Kate Johnson, ACT’s associate director for community service, said Kimzey “is one of the most passionate students we’ve seen in our program and her enthusiasm for service is contagious.”

Kimzey will receive the award at North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual student conference Nov. 2 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. More than175 student leaders from 27 campuses in three states will attend.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide association of nearly 40 colleges and universities that seek to develop civically engaged students and strengthen communities. Presidents and chancellors commit their institutions to being “engaged campuses” that enhance a student’s sense of responsibility, citizenship and leadership and that impact the community by partnering with local organizations to address real needs. For more information about the compact or the student conference, visit