Community Service at Western Connecticut State University
Last updated: April 8, 2015
Western Students and
2015 Connecticut Higher Education Service Awards
student groups, and
faculty or staff
members who offered
personal service and
made a sustainable
impact with their
institution and the
community during the
Audriana Blackwell, a social sciences major from West Redding, CT was nominated for the individual student award. The Student Government Association and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee were nominated for the Student Group category; while Nancy Haensch APRN in the Health Service Department and Professor Darla Shaw of the Education and Educational Psychology Department were nominated for the Faculty/Staff category.
Audriana Blackwell was nominated for the work she did as an outreach leader at NightLight International while in Bangkok, Thailand addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration and education.
Audriana was named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow.
The Student Government Association was nominated for their Fashion Show which benefits the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury, CT where 80-120 hot meals are served each afternoon and where shelter is provided for 16 people each night. Admittance to the SGA Fashion Show is a non-perishable food item which are all donated to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was nominated for their Haunted Halloween Walk and 5th Grade Field Day. These two events benefit area school children by providing them with a day of fun with face painting, decorating pumpkins and the Halloween Walk and then on Field Day by teaching and engaging them in sports that they might not otherwise have been exposed to.
Nancy Haensch was nominated for the work she did with the Kwithu non-profit group in Mzuzu, Malawi in South Africa. Nancy teaches them about health and promotes health activities. These women and children of Malawi have benefited from her involvement by having an increased understanding of how the human body works and how disease develops. Their very limited access to medical care, books, television, and other information sources has left both children and adults with a real thirst for this knowledge.
Professor Darla Shaw was nominated for the work she does with the Women's Center of Greater Danbury which currently assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Through a 10-week course Dr. Shaw is able to educate and inspire these women by showing them how difficult it has historically been for women. She is able to empower and inspire these battered and/or sexually abused women by teaching them about the women's rights movement.
The award program is hosted each year by the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, Office of Higher Education. The award ceremony was held on April 14, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the State Capitol, Room 310.