Category Archives: President’s Award Winner

Simpson Housing Services: Normandale Community College’s Presidents’ Community Partner Award Recipient

Normandale Community College would like to recognize Simpson Housing Services for the Presidents’ Community Partner Award based on the long time, successful and positive partnership between our organizations.  The mission of Simpson Housing Services is “to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.” Simpson provides a multitude of services to adults and families experiencing homelessness from hunger and financial planning to assisting people with the process of obtaining permanent housing.  In 2000, Normandale Community College students began serving as overnight volunteers in the men’s shelter. The men’s shelter provides 48 men a bed for 28 days. Staff from Simpson provide their expertise to Normandale through educational programs, presentations and by serving on committees. This organization has helped students by providing opportunities and education that will prepare them for success in the workforce. Since 2005, 286 students have served 11,732 hours of service with Simpson. That averages one Normandale student volunteer in every other night for the last five years. We would like to thank Simpson Housing Services for such an amazing and impactful partnership!

Jahan Powell: Metropolitan State University’s Presidents’ Student Leadership Award Recipient

Jahan Powell well deserves to be recognized for his role as the student coordinator for Metro State Votes 2010.  This initiative included a comprehensive set of activities and programs that informed, engaged, and involved students and the community in civic action.  Program events and activities included: a mock polling place with Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, roundtable conversations with state executive office candidates including State Auditor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General and in collaboration with the League of Women Voters, a gubernatorial debate.


Under Jahan’s leadership, an ongoing voter registration initiative actively and successfully registered students, staff, faculty, and community members in classes and at events. All eligible voters signed a pledge to vote on a large banner displayed in the skyway which was documented in the Pioneer Press and picked up across the country.  Mr. Powell worked effortlessly making sure that Metropolitan State’s commitment to civic engagement strengthened our ties to the communities we live in by encouraging our right to vote!


Civic Engagement is a cornerstone of Metropolitan State University, and Metro State Votes 2010 increased awareness about local and regional issues providing opportunities for students and community members to become involved in civic activities.

SMU Student-Athletes: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Presidents’ Student Leadership Award Recipient

Community service has become a hallmark of Saint Mary’s University (SMU) athletics, garnering national recognition in recent years.  Amy Kujak, a member of the Women’s Volleyball team and the Cardinal Athletic Council, represents all of the Saint Mary’s University Student-Athletes for the purpose of this award.

In 2007, the Cardinal Athletic Council (CAC) organized efforts to assist the flood ravaged communities around Winona.  The CAC coordinated efforts of 200 student-athletes and 100 other students to assist flood victims with clean-up.  These efforts led to the nation’s top community service award for NCAA Division III athletic departments – The Josten’s Community Service Award.  In 2008-09, student-athletes culminated a year of volunteering with a spring event – the CAC Play for Shay Day, inviting children from local communities to the SMU campus for an afternoon of sporting activities, and hosting a silent auction.  All proceeds were donated to a family with a child battling cancer.

Student-athletes again received the Josten’s Community Service Award – Honorable Mention, for a variety of activities during 2009-10, including raising money for cancer research, volunteering with elementary children, and collecting and donating food and Christmas gifts.  Approximately 300 student-athletes volunteered over 2000 hours, raising $5000 for charitable and community service causes.  Efforts in 2010-11 have included several events related to cancer awareness, painting classrooms at area schools, and food drives.

DARTS: Inver Hills Community College’s Presidents’ Community Partner Award Recipient


DARTS has been a long-standing community partner of Inver Hills.  DARTS provides service-learning opportunities for Nursing, Human Services and Psychology students.  Their commitment to our first semester Nursing students is remarkable.  Every semester, we count on DARTS to provide 5 semester 1 nursing students with an enriching service learning opportunity.  Students connect with DARTS seniors for one on one senior visits.  DARTS always attends our semester 1 orientations and is a reliable contact for students through out their experience.  DARTS often attends our civic engagement fairs and is a long time member of our Advisory Board.  We are honored to assist DARTS in fulfilling their mission of supporting seniors and we know they will continue to help us fulfill our goals of community engagement.