Vol. 17, No. 32May 21, 1998

Role models

 Students, groups honored for volunteer service

At a recent ceremony honoring student volunteers are (from left)
Timothy Brooks, dean of students; Lacey Milne, Nikki Woolf Award recipient;
Dennis Woolf; and Jane Moore, dean of students office.

AVolunteer Awards Ceremony, held May 15 at the Trabant University Center, recognized the positive contributions and inspirational example of student volunteers.

The Volunteer of the Year Award, in memory of Nikki Woolf, was presented to Lacey Milne, a sophomore elementary education major from Springfield, Va. The award honors the late Ms. Woolf, a UD student who was killed in an automobile accident in 1993. Her father, Dennis Woolf, presented the award to Milne.

Milne was nominated for the award by Elisa Diller, director of the First State Mentor Corps at UD. Milne not only mentored young students herself but volunteered to train other students to become mentors to local at-risk children. She volunteered as a teaching assistant for a course, "Mentoring for Change: Building Strong Communities Through Relationships," without receiving credit. According to Diller, Milne's enthusiasm and outgoing and warm personality "represents the best that the University of Delaware can offer to the community."

Milne is a Russell Fellow in the University Honors Program, where she helps freshmen make the transition to college life, and is a Blue Hen Ambassador. She has served as a mentor for a student in The College School and is active with the Calvary Baptist Youth Group. Her goal is to continue mentoring and to become an elementary school teacher, working in an inner-city setting.

Also at the ceremony, Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year awards were presented to Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta sorority by Timothy Brooks, dean of students.

Rich Gilpin, president and past community service chairperson, represented Sigma Chi, which was cited for its volunteer work at Emmaus House, Newark Nursing Home and the Food Bank of Delaware. In addition, fraternity members were mentors at McVey Elementary School, assisted with safe trick-or-treating programs, took part in blood drives and helped at the Fort Delaware State Park clean-up on Make A Difference Day.

Latasha Peele, president, and Nina Harris, adviser, represented Delta Sigma Theta, which was cited for its volunteer work at Emmanuel Dining Room, tutoring at Hilltop and Kingswood community centers and for mentoring in the Red Clay School District HOST Program.

The City of Newark/University of Delaware recognition awards for community service were presented by Mayor Harold Godwin and Jane Moore, dean of students office, to 18 students. The students recognized and their areas of volunteer service include:

Becky Churilla, a graduate student in communication from Milford- Greater Newark Boys and Girls Clubs, arts and crafts, public relations;

Emily Sarah Hahn, a senior majoring in English, from Pittsburgh-Episcopal Campus Ministry, at risk teens;

Keri Hall, a senior majoring in family and community services from Manahawkin, N.J.-HOSTS, mentor at Downes School;

Paige Harrison, a senior majoring in English from Cape Coral, Fla.- Emmaus House, childcare, tutor;

Jennifer Hodorovich, a senior majoring in mathematics education from Chalfont, Pa.- Circle K, Food Bank, Meadows Home, Ronald McDonald House;

Marie Kelly, a senior majoring in elementary teacher education, from Newark-Wilson Elementary School mentor;

Elisa Levin, a senior majoring in family and community services, from Hagerstown, Md.-John Leach School for children with disabilities, Big Brothers/Big Sisters;

Caroline Mandio, a continuing education student from Newark-HOSTS, mentor at Downes School;

Danielle McLeer, a senior majoring in family and community services from Glassboro, N.J.-Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, fund-raising, drug/alcohol/pregnancy prevention program;

Lacey Milne, a sophomore majoring in elementary teacher education from Springfield, Va.-First State Mentor Corps, mentor, tutor, trainer;

Tricia Lynn Nestel, a senior majoring in elementary teacher education, from Wayne, Pa.-Episcopal Campus Ministry, at-risk teens;

Chrissy Ouseley, a junior majoring in nursing from McLean, Va.-Newark Manor Nursing Home, arts and crafts, social events;

Aaron Overman, a junior majoring in civil engineering from Trafford, Pa.-Circle K, Emmaus House, Meadows Home, Ronald McDonald House;

Leni Robinson, a junior majoring in political science from Bethlehem, Pa.-Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, career fair, tutor, mentor;

Jennifer Schneider, a senior majoring in business management from South Farmingdale, N.Y.-Circle K, Emmaus House, Food Bank and Ronald McDonald House;

Carley Shiflett, a junior exercise and sports science major from Bel Air, Md.-Emmaus House and Christiana Care Center;

Gregory Wilson, a senior biological sciences major from West Chester, Pa.-Episcopal Campus Ministry; and

LaWahn Yancy, a senior chemical engineering major from New Castle-DuPont program to encourage young women to enter science and engineering.

-Sue Swyers Moncure