Top honors for engaged campus/educators
PARKERSBURG – West Virginia Campus Compact honored West Virginia University at Parkersburg with multiple awards at its annual statewide conference. West Virginia Campus Compact is a coalition of 28 college and universities that encourages and supports community engagement in higher education.
WVU-Parkersburg took home campus-wide honors as the winner of the “Engaged Campus Award: 2-Year Campus,” which recognizes a campus that is an example for the state in its use of engagement with community throughout the student experience. Anthony Underwood, vice president for student services, accepted the award for WVU Parkersburg.
Journalism instructor Torie Jackson was named as the winner of the “Engaged Educator Award: 2-Year Campus.” Jackson has brought the spirit of service learning to journalism students at WVU-Parkersburg for many semesters, while also impacting and changing rural communities with sustainable projects and events, the school said. The inaugural Native American Artifacts Show at North Bend State Park, organized by Jackson and her students, brought more than 200 people to North Bend.
In addition, wellness coordinator Pamela Santer was recognized as a finalist for the “Engaged Educator Award.” Santer has increased engagement at WVU-Parkersburg in a variety of ways, including a partnership with a farmers’ market to bring fresh produce to campus twice a week, working with college students to bring yoga to local elementary schools, and leading students in creating trails for a local bike park and improving the local homeless center.