Mount Union Senior Named AmeriCorps Spirit of Service Award Finalist

May 25, 2010

Katrina Hermetet, a senior psychology major at Mount Union College, was named a finalist in the 2007 AmeriCorps Spirit of Service Awards.

The Spirit of Service Awards pay tribute to the most outstanding volunteers in each of the Corporation for National and Community Service's programs ' including Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. Nominees must exemplify the spirit of national service, demonstrate exceptional service or leadership and serve as role models for their community.

"These individuals have gone above and beyond the call to serve their nation," said David Eisner, chief executive office of the corporation. "Not only do they give their own time and talents, but they mobilize others in their communities to tackle some of America's toughest social problems.'

Katrina was part of the first group of Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar (M3C) Fellows at Mount Union College in 2005-06. She contributed well over the 300 hours of service required for the program and her campus leadership and infectious enthusiasm for service is what prompted Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, campus coordinator for the M3C program at Mount Union College, to ask Dr. Steven Kramer, professor of psychology at Mount Union to nominate Katrina for the award.

 

'I only got to know Katrina at the end of her year of service in M3C when I began working at Mount Union,' said Espenchied-Reilly. 'I knew she'd be a great candidate for this award, but wanted Dr. Kramer to nominate her since he had known her for a much longer time. He enthusiastically agreed!'

 

Katrina was not only an outstanding M3C Fellow, but also a strong campus leader as the president of JANUS, a student organization focused on issues related to social justice and responsibility. Since becoming president, Katrina has been instrumental in organizing or helping to organize a number of campus activities designed to increase the awareness of the campus and surrounding community and to take action to improve the state of the planet. These programs have focused on issues such as global warming, sustainability, fair trade, responsible consumerism and ballot issues for the last election. Most recently, Katrina has helped to initiate the development of a campus committee consisting of key administrators, faculty, students and community representatives focused on sustainability. The committee is already looking into such areas as energy consumption, transportation, food, recycling and trash disposal.

 

'Katrina is certainly leaving her mark on the campus and community,' wrote Kramer in his letter of nomination. ' She is one of the most civically engaged students that I have worked with in my 33 years of teaching at this school. She has enough energy and enthusiasm to motivate some of the most reticent individuals on the campus. She is deeply committed to making a positive difference in the world and has been doing so already in a number of different areas. I anticipate that this latest endeavor will have the most lasting impact on this campus.'

 

The M3C Fellows program is an AmeriCorps program that allows full-time college students to participate in service to their communities on a part-time basis. M3C Fellows complete 300 hours of community service in a calendar year for a $1,000 education award. For more information or to download an application, visit www.mountunion.edu/m3c.

 

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