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Kimmel Leadership Awards Ceremony Celebrates Service and Leadership

2017-04-26 10:05:00

 (L-R) Kimmel Scholarship recipient Joshua Jones and Kimmel Community Service Award recipient Dr. Bethel Buerk.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students, faculty staff and surrounding community members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to leadership and service during the 2017 Kimmel Leadership Awards Ceremony held Monday, April 24 in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

More than 150 individuals and organizations were honored with such accolades as outstanding student leader and emerging student leader, rotary student leader of the month and organization, program and advisor of the year, among others.

“These awards are emblematic of the community service dedication that is embedded in SIUE students,” said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook during the ceremony. “Community engagement is what we are all about, and your efforts and contributions are particularly important. Our students completed more than 265,000 community service hours and raised more than $85,000 for a variety of charitable causes during the past academic year. In our mission to shape a changing world, our students are meeting that challenge to an amazing extent.”

Joshua Jones, a sophomore majoring in chemistry in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, achieved the esteemed Kimmel Scholarship. The annual scholarship recognizes a standout student for their exceptional volunteer contributions both on and off campus.

Jones, a native of Chicago, has been active in the SIUE community, serving as cooking shift leader and manager for Campus Kitchens at SIUE. He is also a member of the AmeriCorps program where he completed more than 300 hours of service to a number of volunteer agencies. He has participated in an alternative spring trip and is a member of the Pre-Pharmacy Association.

“My initial reaction to receiving this award was bewilderment, and I didn’t know how to truly respond,” Jones said. “I was in a silent world of complete gratitude.

“Giving service brings me joy, as I know that someone’s life has been made easier. It reflects my own life, because I did not have a lot of the normal figures that help people early on. I had to rely on mostly non-family members for help.”

(L-R) SIUE Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, Lora Miles, and former vice chancellors for student affairs Connie Rockingham and Nobby Emmanuel.Bethel Buerk, DMD, was honored with the Kimmel Community Service Award. Established in 1990, the award honors community members for notable volunteer service in the areas of education, social service/social welfare, special populations and agency/organizational concerns.

Buerk is a 1992 alumna of the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Buerk is a member of the SIUE Alumni Association Board of Directors and an active volunteer with Missions of Mercy in Collinsville.

During the ceremony, SIUE Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lora Miles was recognized for her 31 years of service to the Office of Student Affairs. Miles’ special acknowledgement came by surprise, with Dr. Connie Rockingham, the former VC for Student Affairs who hired her, presenting the award for Miles’ dedication to SIUE.

The SIUE Make a Wish Organization also presented a $6,500 check to the Make a Wish Illinois organization. Each year, students fundraise to help send at least one child on their wish trip. This year’s contribution allowed a three-year-old boy’s wish to come true at Disney World.

Photo: (L-R) Kimmel Scholarship recipient Joshua Jones and Kimmel Community Service Award recipient Dr. Bethel Buerk.

(L-R) SIUE Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, Lora Miles, and former vice chancellors for student affairs Connie Rockingham and Nobby Emmanuel.

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9 am news

Live Nation's National Concert Day bringing $20 ticket deals

2017-04-26 09:38:00
Live Nation?s National Concert Day, May 1, will be followed by a week?s worth of special concert deals when music fans will be able to buy tickets to select concerts at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and Peabody Opera House this summer? Read Full Story ...

Trump proposing 'biggest tax cut' in US history

2017-04-26 09:31:52
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill his promises to stimulate job creation and middle class prosperity. Read Full Story ...

Explosion at vacant home rocks north St. Louis neighborhood

2017-04-26 09:03:00
Firefighters are evacuating people from a neighborhood in north St. Louis after a home explosion there. Read Full Story ...

8 am news

Trump tax plan billed as 'largest tax reform' in US history

2017-04-26 08:23:00
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill promises of bringing jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Read Full Story ...

7 am news

After first trip to Disney, young brothers hit by fleeing SUV near St. Louis airport

2017-04-26 07:45:00
One of the boys is "pretty much brain dead," his father said. Read Full Story ...

Police identify woman, 85, found dead at St. Louis County retirement complex after fire

2017-04-26 07:45:00
St. Louis County police say the cause of the fire and the woman's death are unknown. Read Full Story ...

Where to find farmers markets in the St. Louis area

2017-04-26 07:30:00
Farmers markets cut out the middleman. People who aren?t farmers get the opportunity to buy their produce direct from the farmers themselves. And people who are farmers get to buy what they don?t grow from other farmers. Everybody wins. Read Full Story ...

Cards have 'long way to go' after error-filled loss

2017-04-26 07:30:00
Cardinals lose to Jays in 11 innings. Read Full Story ...

Prosecutor: North Carolina couple laughed as they fatally shot service dog

2017-04-26 07:01:00
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) ? A North Carolina prosecutor says an Army veteran and her boyfriend, who's also a soldier, can be heard laughing as they filmed themselves fatally shooting her service dog. Read Full Story ...

6 am news

Who's hot (Gyorko), who's not (Adams) for Cards

2017-04-26 06:45:00
The Cardinals are struggling to produce runs, but Jedd Gyorko's hot hitting continues to stand out. On the other hand, Matt Adams just can't get going. Read Full Story ...

LouFest's Early Bird tickets on sale; Secret Sale sells out

2017-04-26 06:30:00
;Early Bird general admission and VIP passes for LouFest 2017 in Forest Park go on sale today (April 26) at 9 a.m. Read Full Story ...

Willie McGee arrives to help Cardinals as instructor

2017-04-26 06:05:00
Former National League MVP and Cardinals Hall of Famer Willie McGee joined the club on Tuesday and will spend an open-ended stretch of time with the team as a guest instructor. Read Full Story ...

Missouri teen charged in stabbing death of woman, 80

2017-04-26 06:00:00
The woman had offered to buy the teen, then 16, gas, but he stabbed her to death and stole her vehicle, authorities said. Read Full Story ...

1 am news

Trump's tax proposal: a massive increase in the standard deduction, a massive simplification for many Americans

2017-04-26 01:00:00
President Donald Trump on Wednesday plans to call for a significant increase in the standard deduction people can claim on their tax returns Read Full Story ...

12 am news

Dollar Tree to build distribution facility in Warrensburg

2017-04-26 00:53:00
Expected to employ 375 people in three years. Read Full Story ...

Casey's General Store ordered to pay former employee $1.5M over harassment, retaliation

2017-04-26 00:30:00
Two former employees sued in 2014, saying they were effectively fired for complaining about sexual harassment. Read Full Story ...

Man hung in cell for hours at St. Louis lockup while guards streamed Netflix

2017-04-26 00:15:00
The St. Louis Community Release Center is a 550-bed facility for people coming out of the state prison system. An internal investigation alleges all kinds of mishaps. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis police looking for person of interest, vehicles in fatal shooting

2017-04-26 00:00:00
Police released surveillance photos Tuesday of a man and two vehicles they are looking for in connection with a fatal shooting April 9. Read Full Story ...

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