Awards and Recognition

Since the beginning of the Office of Community Service Learning in 1991, the University of Redlands has embedded service into the student experience. More recently, these endeavors were recognized nationally.

The University of Redlands has been repeatedly named as an institution “with distinction” for outstanding programs in disaster relief and service to children, also being named one of the first 64 institutions in the country to receive the Carnegie classification for both service learning and community partnerships.

For the sixth consecutive year the University has been placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. This year’s distinction recognized the University in the area of providing access to college. The University offers various programs such as CHAMPS (College, High School, Alliance, Mentoring, Program and Service), Big Buddies, REACH (Read, Empower, Attain, Create and Hope), Jasper’s Corner Homework Club, and a variety of additional tutoring outlets.

 Outstanding Student Organizations in Service 2012-2013

Outstanding Sorority in Community Service and the Alumni Association Service Award

Delta Kappa Psi

Congratulations Delta Kappa Psi for finding creative ways to give back to a wide range of organizations. Delta opened up every opportunity for the group to give back in blood drives, tabled for organizations like “Key to the Cure” and brought out a crafty side in bracelet making for a fundraiser. The Deltas explored the needs of the  surrounding community and jumped into projects that benefitted Family Service through creating Birthday Bags, Habitat for Humanity by organizing their resource center, caretaking of the local rose garden, and became Peanut Butter and Jelly chefs for  The Blessing Center. Thanks for a tremendous effort and 1,200 hours of service.


Outstanding Fraternity in Community Service

Chi Rho Psi

These men found ways to contribute across our campus community while also in local, national, and international efforts. Whether supporting Hands for Africa’s fundraising activities or helping support the Sustainable Farm on campus, they were dedicated to their service. Working for causes in several areas, they made an effort to support environmental campaigns with beach clean-ups and supported youth programs such as the X-treme team for youth with disabilities. Chi Rho Psi regularly looks for ways to support other organization’s efforts as they supported Men’s Health Week and our on-campus Martin Luther King Day of Service.


ASUR President’s Sustainable Service Award and Outstanding Organization in Community Service


During 2012-2013, FIE (Fidelity, Isonomy, and Erudition) exemplified the true spirit of giving with its sustained service activities by dedicating every Saturday morning volunteering at The Blessing Center, a local non-profit agency serving those in need.  FIE took the initiative to work with the Student Volunteer Center to ensure sustained service to The Blessing Center.  They also made the effort to recruit and encourage other members of our campus community to volunteer their Saturday mornings to help serve the hungry.  As a result of their committed service and working so well with The Blessing Center, they were given leadership roles in the clothing and food box assembly programs.  FIE will continue its commitment to The Blessing Center with a dedication to serving the less fortunate of the Inland Empire.


Outstanding Student and Campus Service Awards

Ann S. Lucas Community Service Summer Internship Program

The Ann S. Lucas Community Service Summer Internship Program encourages students in higher education to pursue outreach work in urban areas during summer months.  A stipend of up to $3,000 is awarded to a student completing service at an agency serving under-served and under-represented children within any urban area in the United States.

Two students, Katherine Heaton and Lauren Schenker, were awarded this year’s internship.  Katherine is working for CareerWise, a nonprofit organization that makes employment accessible to homeless parents and teens by mentoring them in job search and job retention skills, one-to-one.  She will be serving homeless parents and teens by mentoring job search techniques, resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing skills as well as responding to advertised and non-advertised employment opportunities.  Lauren is working as a Clientline case-management intern for AIDS Project Los Angeles – a far-reaching, inner-city AIDS service organization that provides education/risk-reduction programs, counseling and support groups, dental services, housing assistance, HIV testing and more.

Taylor Family Community Service Award

The CSL Office was proud to award junior Talia Poidmore with the Taylor Family Community Service Award.  Her life revolves around serving others and her path of service leads from agency to agency -- child to child. The well being of each child motivates her to serve and to encourage others to serve as well. She served at Loma Linda University Medical Center in their Child-Life Program and at Totally Kids Specialty Healthcare for medically fragile children. Her thoughtful planning and programming led her to become the Co-Student Director of Little Buddies mentoring program where local children come to campus weekly to serve, learn, and play with college mentors. She has been the teaching assistant for “Into the Streets” and her service naturally lends itself to leadership roles where she successfully serves as an ambassador for Maroon and Grey, is the Service Chair for Delta Kappa Psi, and as a TRAIN facilitator igniting first-year students to get involved.

Frank J. Rice Memorial Service Award

Honoring the late Frank J. Rice, University of Redlands alumnus and founder of the Los Angeles Men’s place (LAMP), a shelter housing mentally ill men and women on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, this award has been presented for the past thirteen years. The recipients are University employees who best exemplify the vision of Mr. Rice by embracing the spirit of giving throughout the year. Past recipients have been:

2012 – Catherine Walkor
2011 – Eugene Jackson
2010 – Kathie Jenni and Lawry Finsen
2009 - Dr. Chris Walker
2008 - Les Canterbury
2007 - Dr. James Appleton and Nadean Davidson
2006 - Jeff and Susan Martinez

We invite you to nominate a University colleague for the 2013 Frank J. Rice Award


2007 Presidential Award

In 2007, the University of Redlands was selected as one of three institutions in the country to receive the President’s Award for Service to Children from Disadvantaged Circumstances by the Corporation of National and Community Service in Washington D.C. The award recognized the efforts of student organizations doing outreach service for children in marginalized neighborhoods as well as the universities efforts in creating mentoring and tutoring programs. Redlands was selected from over 500 institutions. View the press release.

Redlands has become one of only four other colleges to have received this honor while also winning the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Redlands has embraced the methodology of service learning and engagement as a mutually beneficial model of civic responsibility that encourages lifelong civic engagement, strengthening communities for the common good.

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