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Five Olivet College students awarded by Michigan Campus Compact
Apr 11, 2008

Five Olivet College students were recognized for demonstrating outstanding dedication to service throughout their educational career at the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Outstanding Student Service Awards ceremony April 5 in Lansing. Olivet students Sarah Klepinger, a junior from Onondaga; Sara Miller, a junior from Casnovia; Travis Patterson, a senior from Flint; Elizabeth Putney, a senior from Grand Ledge; and Shyam Shrestha, a junior from Nepal, were among the 159 college students recognized at the statewide event.

Miller, Patterson, Putney and Shrestha each received Heart and Soul awards for their time, effort and personal commitment to their communities through service. Klepinger received the Commitment to Service Award for both the breadth and the depth of her community involvement.

Klepinger was recognized for her volunteer work with Wildside Rehabilitation & Education Center in Eaton Rapids. She has worked with the center for five years, caring for sick, injured and orphaned animals.

Miller was recognized for her work with the Muskegon County Youth Fair. She is also co-president of Middle Ground, a student organization at Olivet that assists youth aging out of the foster care system.

Patterson received his award for participating in Olivets alternative spring break trip to Heifer Project International Ranch in Perryville, Ark., an organization involved in combating hunger and poverty. He also organized a community reading program and helped build a playground with the Adelphic Alpha Pi fraternity at Crossroad, a treatment center for abused youth in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Putney, also a member of Middle Ground, was recognized for her work with youth aging out of the foster care system.

Shrestha received his award for his work with Youth RedCross Circle in his hometown in Nepal. As chairperson of the group, he organized fundraisers to create scholarships for impoverished children to be able to attend school. He also participated with other Olivet students and employees in a mission trip to Biloxi, Miss., where they rebuilt homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

MCC is a state-level non-profit organization that promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.


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