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May 24, 2010

Birmingham-Southern students receive service-learning, volunteer awards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Birmingham-Southern student Kelsie Overton of Brentwood, Tenn., received the Bunting Center Volunteer of the Year Award. Student Lydia Rice of Tupelo, Miss., received the Bunting Center Servant Leader Award. Both were presented during the college's 2010 Honors Day Convocation.

The Bunting Center Volunteer of the Year Award is given to student participants in the ongoing service-learning projects of the BSC Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action who go above and beyond in their community work. Students are nominated by project coordinators based on their commitment to and involvement with the projects.

The Bunting Center Servant Leader Award is usually reserved for seniors who best embody servant leadership.

Overton, a freshman interdisciplinary philosophy/religion major in the BSC Harrison Honors Program, is the daughter of Kelley and Debbie Overton. She volunteered at Urban Kids afterschool program.

Rice, who graduated from BSC May 15 with a degree in Spanish, is the daughter of Robert and Linda Rice. She spent the past two years serving as a student liaison for Oak Knoll Skilled Nursing Facility recruiting fellow BSC students to develop relationships with the residents. She encouraged her volunteers to focus on mutuality in their service experiences and to connect their time at Oak Knoll with their life at BSC.

Established in 2007 with a gift from Dr. Peter and Derry Bunting and building on more than two decades of successful service-learning, the BSC Bunting Center embodies the belief of philosopher and educator John Dewey that "the purpose of education is to make the world a better place." It offers a variety of ongoing local projects with community partners, alternative spring break programs, and course-based service-learning experiences during the college's regular and Interim terms.

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