Written by Allison Kelly
Eastern's Community Service Award Winners and their Supporters
This year's awards ceremony took place during National Volunteer Week. The week's theme --"Celebrating People in Action"-- presents the opportunity for individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities to be recognized for accomplishing extraordinary things through service.
The Community Catalyst Student Award was presented to social work major Amy Gorman '11 of Cromwell. Gorman was honored for her active participation in Eastern's service oriented student club, People Helping People. She also mentors teens at the
The Catalyst award in the faculty/staff category was presented to Nutmeg Hall Director Mark Connolly of
The Eastern Outdoors Club won the Community Event Award for organizing the Earth Day Trail Run.
George Hernandez, a small business specialist at the Spanish American Merchant Association (SAMA), won the Community Partner Award. Hernandez teaches business startup classes to local entrepreneurs and is involved at Eastern. Recently, he spoke to a multicultural anthropology class and set up a salsa dance party after the Spanish Harlem Orchestra's performance.
All four recipients embody the characteristics of initiative, altruism, service/volunteerism and community spirit.
Eastern student Monica Rochon, faculty member Irene Cretella and the Eastern Rugby Team were also recognized for their commitment to community service. Rochon helped organize the "