Every quarter, two Minnesota School of Business-Rochester students are selected amongst dozens of other qualified nominees for service-learning awards. Selecting the winners is a rigorous process that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding commitment to completing a unique project — a process during which they show their passion to those around them, including instructors.
Minnesota School of Business-Rochester would like to congratulate the following students who demonstrated a commitment to service-learning for Early Fall 2012 quarter.
The Service-Learning Person of the Quarter Award went to medical assistant student Crystal Dean. Crystal and her Microbiology classmates presented a “Germ Fair” to the senior citizens of Sunrise Cottages in Rochester, Minnesota. Students taught the residents about the prevention of infections and influenza. From the project’s inception, all the way to its completion, Crystal showed a strong interest in this project. Crystal’s positive attitude about the project influenced her classmates’ shared enthusiasm.
The Service-Learning Graduation Award went to massage therapy graduate Nicholis Balzer. As a service-learning student, Nicholis went above and beyond with volunteering in the community. He repeatedly shared his massage therapy skills with the community by offering chair massages to people at multiple events.
A couple Rochester events of note that Nicholis provided set-up support and massages to participants were the Med-City Marathon and the National Kidney Foundation Walk. Through Nicholis’ strong example of selfless service, fellow students were encouraged to participate.
In addition to student award recipients, one faculty member also receives quarterly service-learning award for their unique project.
The Service-Learning Faculty of the Quarter Award went to information technology instructor Tre Dozier and the database design class. Tre and his students partnered with the Ability Building Center (ABC), a Rochester, Minnesota, non-profit organization that provides rehabilitation and employment services to persons with disabilities.
ABC’s volunteer manager wanted to develop a more comprehensive database for their volunteer program. For completing their service-learning project, Tre’s class developed a database that exceeded the expectations of ABC.
Thank you to all of the award recipients for making a difference in the Rochester community!