Minnesota Campus Compact Awards for Civic Engagement

The Minnesota Campus Compact Awards provide an opportunity for member colleges to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships.

From left: Tom Nielsen, Belinda Peterson, and Milosha Malecha, 2019 Community Partner recipients representing the Northfield Retirement Community
From left: Tom Nielsen, Belinda Peterson, and Milosha Malecha, 2019 Community Partner recipients representing the Northfield Retirement Community

Student Leadership Award

This award is for an individual St. Olaf student or student organization that has demonstrated a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership.  The award honors initiative; innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues; effective community building; and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

2020 Recipient – Hannah Liu ’21, Music and Political Science Major

2019 Recipient – award winner declined to be publicly recognized

2018 Recipient – Ian Roback ’21, Environmental Studies and Political Science Major

2017 Recipient – (no award given)

2016 Recipient – Megan Jekot ’16, Political Science Major

2015 RecipientWill Lutterman ’15, Economics and Environmental Studies Major

2014 RecipientSudip Bhandari ’14, CIS Major

2013 RecipientKate Bjorklund ’13, Political Science Major from Eden Prairie, MN

2012 RecipientJames Daly ’13, Environmental Studies Major from Cambridge, WI

2011 RecipientNicholas Kang ’12, CIS Major: Social Innovation & Community Dev. from Kamloops, BC, Canada

2010 RecipientSubhash Ghimire ’10, Political Science Major from Kathmandu, Nepal

Civic Engagement Steward Award

This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

2020 Recipient – Jennifer Holbein, Instructor in Exercise Science

2019 Recipient – Kristina Medina-Vilariño, Associate Professor of Spanish

2018 Recipient – Angelique Dietz, Assistant Dean of Admissions

2017 Recipient – (no award given)

2016 Recipient – Diane Angell, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

2015 Recipient Paul Jackson, Associate Professor of Chemistry

2014 RecipientMeg Ojala, Professor of Art

2013 RecipientMary Carlsen, Professor of Social Work

2012 RecipientKatherine Tegtmeyer Pak, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science

2011 RecipientDana Gross, Professor of Psychology

2010 RecipientEric Fure-Slocum, Associate Professor of History

Community Partner Award

This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged a sustained, reciprocal partnership with St. Olaf, thus enriching our students’ education as well as life in Northfield.

2019 Recipient – Northfield Retirement Community

2018 Recipient – Cannon River Watershed Partnership

2017 Recipient – (no award given)

2016 RecipientGreenvale Park Community School

2015 RecipientLeague of Women Voters Northfield-Cannon Falls

2014 RecipientTackling Obstacles Raising College Hopes (T.O.R.C.H.)

2013 RecipientHealthFinders Collaborative

2012 RecipientGrowing Up Healthy

2011 RecipientSt. Dominic School

2010 RecipientCommunity Action Center of Northfield