The Committed Community Partner Award was presented to United Way Dixie for its efforts in assisting in DSU’s largest “Campus to Community” service projects in five years. Last fall, 550 volunteers packed the Gardner Center Ballroom and packaged 50,000 individual macaroni and cheese meals for the Utah Food Bank location in St. George. In addition, United Way Dixie raises between $70,000-90,000 annually through the Mini Indy event, and those monies go to benefit 17 other non-profit organizations within the Washington County. United Way Dixie has also provided dozens of service opportunities for DSU students and employees, along with countless others, in the community.
The first of two Community Engaged Scholar Awards was given to DSU Assistant Professor of English Dr. Florence Bacabac for her dedication in making sure her students are engaged in the community. Once a year she teaches a grant writing course, during which students are required to write a grant for a nonprofit or public service agency. She was instrumental in creating the new Women’s Resource Center at Dixie State, and serves as the center’s director. Bacabac invites leaders from the community to present workshops to students and plans other outreach activities to help women achieve their academic goals. Her focus is very student and community centered, and she always strives to bring the two together for their common welfare.
The second Community Engaged Scholar Award was presented to Nicholle Dickey, an instructor in DSU’s Dental Hygiene program. Dickey has taught several service learning courses for over a decade at Dixie State. As coordinator of the on-site dental hygiene clinic, and instructor of patients with special needs course, she has incorporated several service initiatives in nursing homes and special education classes in the public schools. DSU’s Dental Hygiene program was also recognized through this nomination, as students and faculty run a community clinic in the Taylor Health Science Center, and provide needed dental care in a mobile clinic, which features four operatories, which travels throughout southwestern Utah to provide care to underserved and limited access patients. Dickey also serves on the DSU’s Service Learning Committee, and in that capacity has regularly attended committee meetings, created service-learning opportunities, and assisted in awards recognition events.
The Community Engaged Student Award was given to Chris Gallagher, a general studies major from Highland, Utah. Earlier this year, Gallagher and his brother organized a relief effort festival for the typhoon stricken Philippines in Provo, Utah. The festival included 5-kilometer and 10k fun runs, hot air balloon rides, food vendors, live bands, and a polar plunge with all the proceeds going to the Philippine relief effort. The event was such a success that HELP International appointed him to be a country director this summer.
Utah Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to engaging students in their communities. Through service-learning, co-curricular service, community-based research, and other civic engagement initiatives, more than 34,000 college students serve in Utah communities each year. UCC believes that community participation is one of the most effective ways to teach students to be engaged, informed, and dedicated citizens. Since 1996, Utah Campus Compact has worked with college and university presidents, faculty, students, staff, and community members to build and support civic engagement in higher education. UCC serves both private and public higher education institutions by researching and promoting best practices, providing statewide networking opportunities, delivering training and technical assistance, and offering resources that help institutions advance civic engagement on their campuses.
For more information on DSU’s UCC program, please contact Coordinator of Clubs and Services John Brooksby at 435-652-7738 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.