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LSU CCELL Gives “Happy” Awards for Excellence in Service-Learning

12/02/2011 03:44 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, or CCELL, recently awarded 10 LSU faculty, students and community partners with the inaugural set of CCELL “Happy” Awards for excellence in service-learning. The “Happy” was initiated to commemorate former CCELL director Jan Shoemaker’s 10 years of distinguished service, commitment to education and service for the common good.


“Happy” Award recipients were Sharon Andrews, instructor, English; Hope Diwan, Everyone Reads coordinator, Volunteers in Public Schools; Jennifer Jolly, assistant professor, educational theory, policy and practice; Barrrett Kennedy, former LSU faculty, architecture; University Presbyterian Church, led by the University Outreach ministry; Summer Steib, director of education and training, Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center; LSU Student Government; Nicole Walker, senior, biological engineering; Millena Williams, senior, mass communication; and the service-learning partnership between Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and LSU, specifically Pat Robinson and Dot Thibodeaux of GRG and LSU’s Ann Martin and Deborah Normand.


Recipients of the award were surprised around campus and in the workplace by an awarding entourage of service-learning colleagues. Each awardee received a commemorative lapel pin, which was designed by service-learning students based on input from Shoemaker’s friends and colleagues. Service-learning community, faculty, staff and student partners celebrated the winners at Happy Hour on Nov. 17.


CCELL will give 10 “Happy” Awards each year to honor the community engagement and service-learning efforts of LSU students, faculty, staff and community partners. Nominations will be accepted beginning each October.  


The LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership promotes learning, student leadership and community engagement through service-learning activities and community partnerships. For more information, including a list of current or future service-learning offerings, visit

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