Happy Award Honors Remarkable Contributions to Service-Learning
February 14, 2022.
BATON ROUGE, LA --The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL) is pleased to announce the ten recipients of the 2021-2022 Happy Awards. Collectively, these faculty/staff, students and community partners represent the highest ideals of reciprocal service-learning partnerships.
Traditionally, CCELL honors Happy Award winners at a reception with their family and friends. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff will not hold an in-person event again this year. CCELL will instead recognize this year’s honorees February 21-25, 2022 on Facebook and Instagram.
The honorees are:
- Dr. Kevin Bongiorni, Ubaye Valley Professor of French Studies & Lillian Defelice and Sampson J. Petit Professorship in French for Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Dr. Cassandra Chaney, J. Franklin Bayhi Endowed Professor, School of Social Work, College of Human Sciences and Education
- Dr. Murelle G. Harrison, Executive Director, The Gardere Initiative
- Lauren Hynson, LSU Community Playground Project team member, Biological Engineering senior, College of Engineering
- The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired & The Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSVI & LALSD)
- Seija Meaux, Spring 2023 Engaged Citizen Program candidate, Geology senior, College of Science
- Dr. Darica Simon, Director, Baton Rouge Community College Upward Bound TRiO Program
- Kennedy Simon, Spring 2022 Engaged Citizen Program candidate, Psychology senior, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Honors College
- Ashton Weber, LSU Ambassadors Executive Council, Chi Omega Phi Gamma Chapter, Biological Engineering senior, College of Engineering
- Dr. Chun Yang, Darlene and Thomas O. Ryder Professor, Public Relations, Manship School of Mass Communications
“It is wonderful to see long-time practitioners of service-learning on campus, innovators in the field, steadfast community partners, and dynamic and engaged students honored with a ‘Happy’ this year,” said CCELL Director Dr. Sarah Becker.
Happy Awards are given annually to ten individuals to recognize excellence in service-learning. CCELL initiated The "Happy" to commemorate former director Jan Shoemaker's ten years of distinguished service, commitment to educate and provide service for the common good. Happy Award recipients receive a commemorative lapel pin, which was designed by service-learning students based on input from Shoemaker's friends and colleagues. Award recipients can be faculty, students, and community partners. The nomination period occurs every fall.
Taylor Armer, Program Manager
Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership