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Otterbein celebrates service and leadership at awards ceremony

Otterbein celebrates service and leadership at awards ceremony

Members of the Otterbein community know what it means to give back, and their efforts are recognized annually at the Celebration of Service and Leadership. This event is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of students, staff, faculty and organizations and the impact they make on a daily basis. This year’s event, held April 10, paid tribute to numerous and well-deserving community members and groups with 20 award categories.

One special award went to sophomore Haylie Schmoll.

Schmoll, double majoring in public relations and communication and minoring in leadership, is among the 2017 cohort of the Newman Civic Fellows through the Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Schmoll was honored at Otterbein’s Celebration of Service and Leadership.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.

Otterbein President Kathy Krendl nominated Schmoll, noting that the second year student “is an exceptional scholar, a charismatic campus leader, a change agent, and an inspirational steward of our community.”

Schmoll serves as a CardinalCorps Leader on campus, recruiting over 1,000 student volunteers each year to serve the needs of the central Ohio community through student service organizations. She also facilitates a leadership program for at-risk teen girls, developing innovative strategies to help girls succeed. In her first year at Otterbein, Schmoll founded the Promise House, a student-led volunteer resource center, free café and food pantry, to break down socioeconomic barriers to student success.

“People are struggling in our community every day, however many don't see the hurt or aren't willing to get involved. The more I see, the more I want to do,” said Schmoll.

See a full list of all the 2017 Celebration of Service and Leadership awards and recipients online.

See more photos from the awards night in our Flick gallery.