Campus Compact Honors Two
UNH Students And Professor For Community Service
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
May 7, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – Two students and a faculty
member from the University of New Hampshire stepped up to the podium
May 4 when the Campus Compact for New Hampshire presented awards
for community service. More than 100 college students, higher education
staff and administrators, representatives of local K-12 schools
and nonprofit organizations attended the event to celebrate and
recognize community service activities at college campuses in the
The event took place at the New Hampshire Institute of
Politics on the Saint Anselm College campus in Manchester.
UNH was honored with recipients in three categories. The Presidents’ Leadership
Award, recognizing individual students or student groups, went
to students Kaelee Copley and Nicole Decocq, both of Windham, organizers
of the UNH Relay for Life Chapter.
The Presidents’ Good Steward Award, recognizing a faculty,
administrator or staff member, was awarded to Jason Bocarro, assistant
professor of recreation management and policy.
The Presidents’ Community Partner Award, honoring a nonprofit,
school or other organization that has collaborated with the university
in community service, went to the Robin Albert on behalf of the
Volunteer Action Center of the United Way of the Greater Seacoast.
Copley is an Honors Program student active in many areas of campus
life. Decocq has community service experience with teenagers and
literacy programs. The UNH Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society
fundraiser event, took place May 1-2. Nearly 700 walkers raised
more than $72,000 for this first-time event.
Bocarro teaches a course called “Youth Culture and Programs” that
focuses on identifying
community and personal issues youth face in growing up. Through
this course, he created a
program that benefits the local community and creates learning opportunities
Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a consortium of 24 New Hampshire
college and university presidents in cooperation with private sector
partners who are united towards the integrating of service, civic
responsibility and community collaboration into all academic, civic
and student life facets of their institutions.
In the past year, college students from New Hampshire have contributed
more than 705,000 hours of service to their communities leading
voter registration drives, tutoring children, coordinating after
school activities for youth, cleaning up parks, mentoring at-risk
youth, building homes for the homeless, visiting the elderly and
countless other activities in New Hampshire and beyond.