Brittany Yates of Lees-McRae College recently received North Carolina Campus Compact's fifth Community Impact Student Award. Yates was one of thirty-four college students across the state who received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus' efforts to address local community needs. Awardees also received a Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Yates, a senior sports management major from LaPlata, Md., is the founder and president of Delta Zeta Nu sorority, a local community service-based sorority. Through her leadership and vision, the sorority has given back to the College and community by participating in campus-wide service programs such as Mountain Day of Service, Dance Marathon, MLK Day of Service, and Relay for Life.
Yates also serves her local community as an NC-ACTS! AmeriCorps Fellow and will complete the program early next semester with 300 direct service hours fulfilled.
This past summer, Yates played an integral role in helping to keep the College's Student Recreation Center open, providing community members with a facility in which to attend camps and classes.
"In the short time I have advised Brittany through her fellowship with the NC-ACTS! AmeriCorps Service Program, I witnessed a strongly developed and holistic student who had made a genuine impact on many at Lees-McRae and in the local community. Her strong level of involvement on our campus has proven her leadership abilities and her voice continues to be heard," said Michael Berger, AmeriCorps VISTA at Lees-McRae College. "We are proud to have her as a student at Lees-McRae and know that her endeavors will inspire others."
The awards were presented at two NC Campus Compact Student Conferences that brought together over 300 college students and guests representing 34 North Carolina higher education institutions. On Oct. 30 at NC Wesleyan College, the Compact's Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Keyne, presented the awards with the Reverend James Gailliard, CEO of the Impact Center and Senior Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church. Budd Berro, the Piedmont Regional Director for the Office of the Governor, joined Dr. Keyne in presenting the awards at Johnson C. Smith University on Nov. 6.
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