Saying Thanks!

Thursday, May 14, 2015
by Gwen McNamara, Communications Coordinator

Meaningful service at Princeton requires the help, support and participation of many community partners, student leaders and campus collaborators who work day-in and day-out on campus and in the community. To say thank you for this incredible dedication and commitment, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement honored select partners and students at Celebration of Service on Wednesday, May 13. 

"Today we celebrate a theme of gratitude," said Kimberly de los Santos, Pace Center Executive Director, as she welcomed more than 75 members of the Pace Center family and friends at the Carl A. Fields Center. "It’s been said that 'Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger into a friend.' 

"To our campus and community partners, you do this every day and we thank you for supporting students," she continued. "You enable students to learn from service by sharing your knowledge, sharing your resources and many times, sharing your heart. Thank you for all you do."

And to our student service leaders "You find time to do service, you challenge staff and your peers to do our best service. Not only do you burst the orange bubble by engaging with communities, but you build relationships with underprivileged children, immigrants, the sick, the disabled, and the elderly. As students at Princeton, naturally you achieve, but through your service, you change lives. Thank you for all you do," she added. 

The Pace Center presented Certificates of Gratitude to recipients in three categories: Community Partner Honorees, Student Leader Honorees, and Campus Collaboration Honorees. All honorees were nominated by the student boards who run four of the Pace Center's programs - Breakout Princeton, Community House, Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV), and the Student Volunteers Council (SVC). 

Community Partner Honorees

  • East Side High School, Newark NJ - For their support of the Price of Admission Spring 2015 Breakout Princeton Trip.
  • Fern & Larry Spruill - For their dedication and commitment to Community House.
  • Lewis Center for the Arts and Both Hands: The Artlet - For their support and creative contributions at PCCV's Open Mic Night.
  • Ellen Petrone, of Corner House, and Preema Ramroop, of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County - For their guidance and mentorship with SVC projects Academic Success Today and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Student Leader Honorees

  • Michelangelo Ball Van Zee and Katie Smith, leaders of the Fall 2014 Fishing for Answers Breakout Princeton Trip - For their flexibility, leadership and excellent community building.
  • Aduare Nwabe - For going above and beyond to diversity and strengthen the knowledge of her students at Community House.
  • Kate Gardner and Stephanie Goldberg - For their work leading TruckFest 2015 and the Community Service Interclub Council
  • Ryan Miller, Isabella Peraertz, Julianna Wright, Rachel A. Herrera, Jessica A. Vickerman, Soledad Mendoza, Rachel Parks, Eleanor Roberts and Amara Plaza-Jennings - For their commitment and continued growth and betterment of SVC project El Centro.
  • Jennifer Liu and Kalea Power - For their leadership of and dedication to SVC project Learning Enrichment in the Arts (LEAP).

Campus Collaboration Honorees

  • Aaron Shkuda of the Princeton-Mellon Initiative - For his insight and assistance with the Fall 2014 Hipsters and High-rises: The Socioeconomic Effects of Gentrification in NYC Breakout Princeton Trip. 
  • Sofia Gomez and Pilar Bennett - For the new collaborative service opportunity created this year by Community House Big Sibs.
  • Sol Taubin and Destiny Crockett - For helping organize and lead the PCCV Food for Thought dinner discussion “Thinking About and Responding to Ferguson.” 
  • Tiana Woolridge - For founding the Student Athlete Service Council (SASC) to bring athletes and service together.
  • Jason Klugman, lecturer in the Teacher Preparation Program and director of the Princeton University Preparatory Program - For supporting the SVC with training, expertise, mentorship and guidance to both its student leaders and service projects. 

Check out photos from the event on Facebook. And watch our special "thank you" video!