Awards and Recognition from the Lindy Center for Faculty, Staff and Students

In addition to our national recognition, we offer awards and recognition to students, faculty and staff for their commitment to civic engagement and public service. Awarded each spring at the Lindy Center's End of the Year Luncheon Celebration, these awards are given to Drexel community members that excel in the promotion of the Mission of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. Click on the name of the award to learn more about the award and its recipients.

Student Organization Awards for Promoting Public Service and Social Responsibility

This award is presented each year to a student organization that exhibits leadership in promoting the ideals of public service and social responsibility. We award organizations that make distinct marks in engaging volunteers, participating in the Drexel Bridges coalition, and meeting community needs. In 2010, we recognized Tech Serv for their contributions to bridging the digital divide and providing non-profits and community groups with much need technology and technological support. In 2009, we awarded the Drexel Dems the award for their role in promoting civic engagement during the 2008 presidential election and for being among the premier groups to provide ongoing support to the Lindy Scholars program.

Award for Distinguished Leadership in Civic Engagement for a Graduating Student

This award is bestowed upon the Drexel senior that has shown the greatest level of leadership in programming of the Lindy Center and across the campus to promote the public mission of the university. These students serve as role models for undergraduates and are deeply committed to civic engagement. In 2010, we awarded Bill Neil for his participation in the Drexel Community Scholars program, his leadership in WKDU’s student leadership subgrant through Learn and Serve America, and his initiative to create Drexel’s first LIFT America campus chapter. In 2009, we recognized Alex Burke for his contributions as the Drexel Community Scholar at Old Pine Community Center and his commitment to civic engagement across the campus during his undergraduate years at Drexel.

Outstanding Undergraduate Civic Engagement Award

This award is given yearly to a student that has shown deep commitment to civic engagement. This “rising star” is recognized as an emerging leader on campus and in the community. Often, they engage their peers in service and play integral roles in the programming of the Lindy Center. In 2010, the recognition was given to Clinton Burkhart for his tireless commitment to the Lindy Scholars program both as a Lindy Scholar Advisor and as a program assistant. In 2009, the award was given to Karen Miller for her history of commitment through the Circle K organization as well as her participation in the Drexel Community Scholars program as the leader at the University City Hospitality Coalition.

Staff Award for Campus and Community Engagement

This honor is given to one staff member each year that exhibits the tenets of good campus or community partnership in their efforts regardless of their university role. We seek to increase staff involvement in the programming of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement to ensure that the entire campus is civically engaged in the City of Philadelphia. In 2010, we recognized Ms. Chakka Reeves for her leadership in the areas of diversity and multicultural education and her partnership with the Lindy Center on initiatives for the relief of Haiti and for co-sponsoring a presentation by Julia Chavez Rodriguez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez. In 2009, the Lindy Center recognized Richard Kopp, the Associate Director of Alumni relations for his partnership on the CANDU initiative, developing a cross-campus partnership to engage alumni, students, faculty and staff in several projects within the local community.

Dr. Mark L. Greenberg Distinguished Faculty Award for Community-Based Experiential Learning

This distinguished faculty award is named in honor of the founder of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mark L. Greenberg. It is awarded to a faculty member that is deeply committed to improving the public good on the local, national or global level through engaged scholarship, research or teaching. In 2010, we recognized Dr. Kristine Lewis for her involvement with the Guiding Youths to Careers program and her efforts to support the Lindy Scholars program and the Guiding Youth to Careers program. As the School of Education Liaison on the Lindy Scholars program, Dr. Lewis also teaches a course on urban education and mentoring to the Lindy Scholars’ Advisors. In 2009, the Lindy Center recognized Franco Montalto for his partnership with the Urban Tree Connection. This project engaged students with community residents in the Haddington section of Philadelphia to participate in remediating a former industrial site designing a functional urban greenspace.