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    CCE Awards


    • Exemplary Achievement in Community-Engaged Teaching-- This award honors a faculty member who has integrated teaching and learning with community-based work in meaningful, impactful ways. Recipients of this award encourage students to make powerful connections between theory and practice, support the development of civic-skill building and civic identity, and prepare liberal arts students to engage as agents of change in a complex and challenging world.

    2017-2018 Recipients: Clay Haskell and Dylan Nelson
    2016-2017 Recipient: Christina Leza
    2015-2016 Recipient: Christina Rader
    2014-2015 Recipient: Jessie Dubreill

    • Exemplary Achievement in Community-Engaged Research – This award honors a faculty member who has applied the knowledge of their discipline and their own expertise to the public good through community-engaged research.  Recipients of this award engage in research that is co-created with and benefits communities and/or community-based organizations, and the knowledge produced by the research is indirectly or directly actionable toward social change.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Gail Murphy-Geiss


    • Community-Engaged Staff Award – This award honors a CC staff member who collaborates with communities beyond the campus, modeling to students an ethic of community engagement as well as promoting an engaged campus culture.  Preference is given to staff members who not only individually participate in community-based work, but engage students or other members of the campus community in that work.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Heather Powell Browne


    • Outstanding Community Partner Award  -- This award honors community organizations, associations, or members who collaborate with Colorado College in partnerships that impact the common good in ways that both meaningfully engage the skills and knowledge of members of our campus community as well as provide opportunities for learning and growth. Recipients of this award support collaborative initiatives to positively impact social change, improve the quality of life of the community, and/or invest in shared, democratic futures.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Rocky Mountain Field Institute
    2016-2017 Recipient: Lutheran Family Services
    2015-2016 Recipient: Mary Lynn Sheetz
    2014-2015 Recipient: Colorado Springs School District 11


    • CBO Capacity Builder Award: This award is presented to a student who is deeply committed to a community-based organization, meaningfully investing their skills and knowledge to advancing the mission of the organization.  Preference is given to students who engage in sustained, impactful, collaborative community work. Nominations for this award will be solicited from Community Partners.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Elena Perez

    • Community Collaborator Award – This award is presented to a student who has engaged in meaningful relationship-building between communities on and off the campus, and in so doing best exemplifies an ethic of collaboration.  Through this work, this student has modeled how to work with community rather than for community, and mobilizing stakeholders in and outside of the academy toward shared goals.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Elam Boockvar-Klein

    • Student Leader Award –  This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in guiding some form of group-based student initiative.  This student not only serves as an exemplar of thoughtful community engagement to other students, but shares their knowledge and skills to enable other students to follow in their footsteps. 

    2017-2018 Recipient: Ramah Aleryan

    • Engaged Citizen Award – This award is presented to a student who has actively engaged in public deliberation and decision-making in Colorado Springs or the Pikes Peak Region through governmental avenues or broader community initiatives.  In so doing, this student commits to and invigorates democratic efforts to shape shared futures.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Lily Weissgold

    • Campus Organizer – This award is presented to a student who mobilizes diverse campus stakeholders toward addressing a community-based need and/or promoting an engaged campus culture.  Through deep intercampus collaboration, this student demonstrates strong grassroots organizing skills, building power around intersecting interests toward solutions or innovations.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Kyra Bergsund

    • Public Problem Solver – This award is presented to a student who is a change-maker in social and/or environmental realms, working to produce solutions to real-world social, civic, or environmental challenges of our world. Through some form of project or campaign, this student has demonstrated their ability to apply their liberal arts education to issues of public relevance.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Cole Simon

    • Advocacy and Activism Award – This award is presented to a student who has championed a social or environmental issue through collective action on or off the campus (advocacy, awareness-raising, activism, direct action, and/or grassroots organizing).  Through such work, they have effected change through contributing their voice and influence to collective efforts to change institutions, policies, and cultures.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Montana Bass

    • Anabel and Jerry McHugh Director’s Award -- Established in 1996, The Anabel and Jerry McHugh Director’s Award is presented to a graduating senior who has built the capacity of and advocated for the CCE. In so doing, this student has promoted a culture of intentional, informed community engagement in the college community.

    2017-2018 Recipient: Talia Worth
    2016-2017 Recipient: Emma Brachtenbach
    2015-2016 Recipient: Cassie Prouty
    2014-2015 Recipient: Rebecca Celli

    Previous Awards:

    Award for Outstanding Community Service

    This award is presented to a graduating senior who, through commitment to community service, best exemplifies the ideals of a liberal arts and sciences education. Over the years at Colorado College, this student has been consistently dedicated to promoting an ethic of community engagement and involving others in understanding the civic and social challenges of our world. A monetary award, endowed by the Class of 1981, accompanies this award.

    2016-2017 Recipient: Emma Kepes
    2015-2016 Recipient: Shane Lory
    2014-2015 Recipients: Skyler Trieu and Margaret Wolf

    Exceptional Promise in Social Justice Award

    This award honors a lower-division student who shows exemplary promise as a champion of social justice, integrating liberal arts scholarship with rigorous community-based work in ways that extend and transform both in the process. Recipients of this award show a deep and abiding commitment to societal change at the grassroots level, and serve as exemplary models of activism and compassion, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

    2016-2017 Recipient: Sarah Kang
    2015-2016 Recipient: Reed Young
    2014-2015 Recipient: Sophie Javna

    Outstanding Engagement with K-12 Youth

    This award honors a student in any year, who has done outstanding work in a K-12 education setting. Recipients of this award show an awareness and deep understanding of educational issues, and demonstrate a commitment to fostering the development and achievement of youth. This award recognizes ongoing positive community impact in K-12 student learning and success.

    2016-2017 Recipient: Nan Elpers
    2015-2016 Recipient: Kiersten Kelly
    2014-2015 Recipient: Cassie Prouty

    Sustained Commitment Award

    The CCE Sustained Commitment Award was awarded in 2015-16 to honor students who had shown exceptional dedication and commitment to community-based work.  Engaging with the community through sustained, ongoing campaigns and partnerships often best meets community needs;  we celebrate the devotion required to address those needs.  This award was given to those who display not only a desire to make the world a better place, but the grit, perseverance, and hard-work that such efforts require.

    2015-16 Recipients: Dontené Bonnet, Michael Colwell, Kayla Fratt, Cassie Prouty, Eden VanDevanter and Talia Worth