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April 24, 2014
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Jackson College students recognized for service to community

Congratulations to Jackson College students Jasmine Parks, Christina Peltier, Kimberly Schippers and Abigail Sovoda, who were recently honored with Heart and Soul Awards from Michigan Campus Compact for commitment to their community through service.

Jasmine Parks has been active at Jackson College as a student Supplemental Instructional (SI) leader in mathematics, where she assists other students in their math classes. She is an early education major, and is involved in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and has visited First Year Seminar courses to talk about the importance of a college degree and helpful services available at the College. She has been active as a Pen Pal with McCulloch Academy elementary students of Jackson, Junior Achievement leader, and International Conversation Buddy. She helped to welcome visiting Brazilian students to campus earlier this academic year.

“Jazzy (Jasmine) is an outstanding student academically, and she is a tremendous ‘giver of her heart’,” said Professor Mary Belknap, teacher education coordinator at Jackson College. “In any class I have had her in, she is the first person to help others when they are struggling or need an extra boost.”

Christina Peltier, Kimberly Schippers and Abigail Sovoda are registered nursing students at Jackson College. They were honored for their efforts designing and implementing a Harvest Orchard Festival at the Interfaith Shelter last fall. These students designed and led therapeutic activities and provided a venue for shelter residents to interact with students and one another in a positive way, creating a diversion from the reality of the shelter and promoting psychological health. In all, these students dedicated more than 30 hours to planning, preparing, and implementing this project which included seasonal foods -- apples, cider, coffee and doughnuts, art therapy activities involving pumpkin decorating, reminiscence of favorite fall memories, aromatherapy through scented candles, and a beautifully decorated environment with a scarecrow, jack-o-lanterns, fall table cloths and centerpieces.

“I can attest that the response from the shelter residents was overwhelmingly positive. It was especially rewarding to see the creation of shared positive memories for the shelter residents and their children,” said Professor Marina Martinez-Kratz, nursing.

Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) promotes 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.