Distinguished Civic Leadership Awards
The Distinguished Civic Leadership Awards is a CCERP initiative that recognizes notable civic and community contributions on the part of individuals and entities that have had a positive impact locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.
Nominees may fall into one of the following eligible categories:
- Millersville faculty or staff member
- Millersville student
- Millersville alumni
- Millersville club or organization
Award recipients are selected based on the following criteria:
- the nominee has made a significant contribution to the local, regional, national or international community
- the nominee's leadership or actions have benefited others or the community
- the nominee's leadership inspires or empowers others to become civically involved
Nominations are due by March 7, 2013.
This year's event will be held April 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. Details TBA
2013 Distinguished Civic Leadership Award Winners
MU Student: Ms. Hannah Weicheld
- Sophomore at MU who majors in Communication Studies and minors in Graphic communication
- Volunteer work with Historic Yellow Springs and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
Non-Profit Organization: Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network
- SSBN educates and engages the community to increase support for local, sustainable businesses and provides civic leadership on economic equity to help create and maintain a sustainable economy
Non-Profit Organization: Homefields Farms
- Supports over 160 adults with intellectual disabilities
- Provides fresh, organic, sustainable produce to the community
Local/Regional Figure: Mr. Bob Shoemaker
- President of the Lancaster Alliance which serves as a focused intermediary and catalyst to improvement through direct programs and collaboration with economic development peers
Local/Regional Figure: Mr. Tom Strickler
- President of the Columbia Borough School District Board and executive director of Community Life Network of Columbia
Local/Regional Figure: Dr. Cathy Hoshauer
- Joined Roseville Pediatrics in 1987 and provides medical care to the child victims of Lancaster County at Lancaster General Hospital
- Opened the Lancaster County Children's Alliance, an advocacy center, in 2006
MU Faculty/Staff: Dr. Kerrie Farkas
- Associate Professor of English at MU with specializations in civic discourse and service learning
- Co-chairs the English Department's Writing Studies Committee
Alumnus: Lt. Todd Umstead
- Currently assigned as the Administrative Division Lieutenant and also serves as Public Information Officer; has been with the Lancaster City Police Department for 21 years
Alumnus: Mr. Justin Rule
- Currently serves as the Education Director at Prospect Grove High School
- Founder and Executive Director of Heads Up Lancaster ; a non-profit network dedicated to unleashing potential in youth through urban arts
The 2013 Keynote was presented by: Mr. Andrew Slack.
Andrew Slack is co-founder and executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA). Under his leadership, the HPA has sent five cargo planes to Haiti, built libraries across the world, adv
ocated for human rights, media reform, and equality on LGBTQ, education, and immigration.
USC's Annenberg School of Communications has called Andrew's approach and theory of social change one of the "premier models of civic engagement for the twenty-first century." Andrew has been featured multiple times on NPR and the New York Times, written for the LA Times and CNN.com, given a talk at TEDx Rome and served as a keynote speaker at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.