Honors & Awards

In order to recognize the incredible work happening on campus through faculty, staff and students, this page houses opportunities to celebrate individuals and groups for awards and honors related to community engagement. Those faculty, staff and students who have received recognition are featured on this page. 



Community Engagement Celebration Day

2024 Award Recipients

Service Learning/Live Client Project

Kendra Kahl and TheaterUNIs Elementary School Tour: Suzette Who Set to Sea

Kendra Kahl

Student Organization/Student Group Project 

319 Empowerment Teen Center

Teen Center

Research-Based Project 

Evaluation of Pre/Post Poverty Simulation Attitudes among UNI Teacher Education Students

Thanksgiving Food Basket Project

Social Justice 

Thanksgiving Food Basket Project- Jenna Becker

Thanksgiving Food Basket Project

Sustainability and Environmental Awareness

Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams

Individual Student Project Award- Friends of the Family

Medical Social Work Maddie Hawley

Individual student project

Commitment to Service

International Student Engagements RSVP Volunteering Program/Senior Living Center Partnership

Commitment to service

People’s Choice

Alyssa Blackburn: Caring for Memories, A Caregivers Journey with Dementia

People's choice

Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship

2023/2024 Recipients 

Marissa Schweinfurth, Denise Tallakson, and Jennifer Onuigbo

Jennifer, Marissa and Denise will implement a  program to address summer learning loss. Activities will range from arts integration and theater, to geocaching and scavenger hunts, serving 60 students grades 3-6.

Marissa Receiving Award



Lindi Roelofse, ReShonda Young & Matthew Gilbert

Roelofse, Young and Gilbert will be creating a catalog of flexibly funded micro-internships to help entrepreneurial-minded students build a portfolio of evidence of real-world impact for their career portfolio, while at the same time supporting Black entrepreneurs purposefully managing new growth and building total factor productivity solutions.

Gary Gute

Starting fall 2023, Gute will begin teaching a new course called "The Creative Experience". In this lively, experiential course, students explore creative persons, products and places that have had an impact upon the arts and culture. In collaborative teams, students use artistic media to tell the stories of creative persons, products and places.

Jennifer Onuigbo & Eric Lange

In summer 2023, the Gallagher Bluedorn and Department of Theatre will join forces to present the first UNI SETT (Science and Engineering in Theatre Technology). Approximately 80 middle and high school students from the area will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning in theatre technology, with a particular emphasis on learning the associated STEM concepts.

Michael Fleming

The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCasa) is a statewide coalition representing 22 victim service programs across the state of Iowa. It provides a bridge between victim advocates at sexual assault programs, statewide policy makers and federal responses to sexual harassment, abuse and assault. Fleming will modify the secondary school assessment assignment to collect information on the needs of secondary school systems.

Sponsored by: Veridian Credit UnionUNI's College of Education Dean’s Fund for Excellence and UNI's Office of Community Engagement 

The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage faculty to engage with community partners to better the community in a manner that also enhances their teaching and scholarship. Community engagement is defined as the collaboration of the university with the public sector for the mutual benefit of all. This engagement is not simply service or membership, but it is the combination of meeting a community need through teaching and/or scholarship. The proposed engagement work must take place within Veridian's field of membership and with a nonprofit organization to receive the fellowship. 

Check out our Veridian Fellowship Impact Report. An Overview of Veridian fellowship recipients from 2006-2018! 

Check out our Veridian Fellowship Impact Report. An Overview of Veridian fellowship recipients from 2006-2018! 

 Veridian Fellowship Impact Report

McElroy Youth Leadership Fund

2023/2024 Recipients  

AmeriCorps VISTAs

Skyler Ramsey & Bre Sadler

Skyler and Bew

Harvest Conference 

Chiquita Loveless and team 


Griot Honors

Planning Team lead by Joy Briscoe


‌Story Avatars

Taraneh Matloob and team w/ Waterloo Career Center

Story Avatars

Community Simulations

Susan Roberts-Dobie




Presidents' Engaged Campus Awards

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) Presidents' Engaged Campus Award are selected by each president or chancellor from an Iowa or Minnesota Campus Compact member campus. The awards reflect the institute's ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

2023/2024 Recipients

President's' Student Leadership

Panther Pantry

Panther Pantry

Presidents' Civic Engagement Leadership

Bettina Fabos

Bettina Fabos

President's Community Partner

McElroy Trust 

McElroy Trust

Community Collaboration Runner Up

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day Team