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February 5, 2010
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Douglass to receive prestigious Campus Compact Award

LANSING, MI – Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) is pleased to announce Mr. Ronald Douglass, associate professor at Jackson Community College, will be honored with an MCC Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award at the 14th Annual Institute: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. This prestigious annual award is the highest MCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan.

Peers designated Douglass as the faculty/staff person on campus who has made the most outstanding contributions in service-learning and community service. This award recognizes his influence on and the engagement of students to be involved in community service or service-learning through modeling, influencing or instruction. Amelia Leighton, assistant director of the Center for Student Success, at Jackson Community College, nominated him.

Douglass has taught his students the value of education and music, and has been an active advocate of service and service-learning for nearly 30 years. Ronald, and his students, have entertained hundreds of citizens from the community and have made it a priority to include populations, like the elderly and the disabled, who are often forgotten. He has had a special focus of performing for children/youth at local schools as well as performing for students at Lyle Torrent, a school for youth who are physically and/or cognitively challenged. He was selected for the award because of his life-long dedication to service and for his efforts in growing service-learning at Jackson Community College.

He will be formally honored during the 2010 Institute: Service-Learning and Community Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner, held in the Michigan Ballroom at the Grand Traverse Resort of Acme, Mich. Dinner will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m., with the ceremony to follow.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. We promote the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

For more information about his outstanding contributions on campus and in the community, contact Mr. Ronald Douglass directly at DouglasRonaldL@jccmi.edu or 517.796.8559.

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