Seven Geneseo students have received President's Volunteer Service Awards in recognition of their high level of hours spent in volunteer service.
The awards, issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States, were among numerous students, organizations and community partners honored at the college's volunteer and service awards ceremony March 29.
The President's Council confers three levels of awards for volunteer service completed in a 12-month period: Gold for 250+ hours; Silver for 175-249 hours; and Bronze for 100-174 hours. The students received a certificate in recognition and appreciation of commitment to strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service. They also will receive a letter from President Obama and a service pin.
Receiving a Gold Award was Rebecca May '12, who performed 2,340 hours in 2011 for a grand total of 5,988 hours since she came to Geneseo. May is a volunteer firefighter and medic in the Geneseo Fire Department.
Six others received a Bronze Award: Sondra Mason '12 (307 hours); Brent Sanderson '13 (226 hours); Michael Roff '12 (201 hours); Jessica Shatzel '13 (152 hours); Collette Spagnolo '12 (149 hours); and Leah Tallman '12 (122 hours).
"These students are role models for volunteerism who donate their time, energy and talent to improving our communities and nation," said Tom Matthews, Geneseo's associate dean of leadership and service. "These awards are a way to thank them for their commitment and inspire others to make volunteering part of their lives."
May, Sanderson, Shatzel and two other students, Michael Mattiucci '13 and Grace Trompeter '13, also received 2012 Volunteer and Services Awards created by the college's Advisory Committee on Volunteer and Service Programs.
Volunteer Service Awards also went to the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and the social service organization Royal Lady Knights. Also receiving an award were community members Chris and Mike Dodge, who operate H.O.R.S.E. Rescue (Help Our Rescue Save Equines), where several Geneseo students volunteer their time.
The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Bill Mandicott '76, an assistant vice president for student and community involvement at Frostburg State University in Maryland. He addressed "A Tradition of Change Through Service."