April 15, 2009
Amanda Elliott receives statewide Community Impact Student Award

Amanda Elliott of Lees-McRae College received the third annual North Carolina Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award during the Compact's Student Conference held at High Point University last. Twenty-seven college students across the state received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus' efforts to address local community needs.

State Senator Vernon Malone of Wake County and the Compact's Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Keyne, presented the award to Elliott before an audience of more than 250 college students and guests representing 33 higher education institutions. President of High Point University, Dr. Nido Qubein, initiated the ceremony, emphasizing the conference's theme, "The Power is Yours."

Elliott is a senior honors student who has been a part of the Bonner Leaders Program on campus since her freshman year. She has already completed over 1,900 hours of community service, is a member of Amnesty International and Optimist International, and serves as senior class president, as well as the Senior Intern in the Community Outreach Office. In her various roles, Elliott has organized protests against human rights violations, worked on campaigns to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness and used her energy to increase the capacity and ability of the Community Outreach Office to connect volunteers and local organizations. Elliott, along with a fellow student from a service-learning class, wrote a proposal for the campus' food service about the potential benefits of using local and organic foods.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of higher education presidents and chancellors established to encourage and support campus engagement in the community. For more information, contact Jamarl Clark at (336) 278-7194.

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