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“Each year, APPLES presents the APPLES Service-Learning Awards to celebrate those who sustain service-learning at UNC.

Four individuals, Luis Acosta, Sarah Dempsey, Alexandra Zagbayou and Mae B. McLendon, and one community partner, Farmer Foodshare, were recognized at the annual APPLES Service-Learning Award Brunch for their on-going efforts to connect academic and service-based pursuits through their involvement with APPLES.”  {excerpted from Janell Smith’s full article, found here}

2016-APPLES-awards-recipients (S. Dempsey)

(L. Acosta, M.B. McLendon, A. Zagbayou, S. Dempsey, representatives of Farmer FoodShare)

I think it is very important to recognize these individuals, how they’re shaping the community and building strong organizations and being the change we want to see in the world. — Leslie Parkins, senior program officer at the Carolina Center for Public Service

2016 APPLES Service-Learning Awards

Sarah Dempsey – Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Sarah Dempsey, associate professor in the Department of Communication, was honored for her excellence in teaching service-learning courses. Since 2011, Dempsey’s service-learning courses Communication and Nonprofits and Globalizing Organizations have been offered six times, and have partnered with the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG).

Dempsey said receiving the Teaching Excellence Award was a huge honor. “Doing engaged scholarship with my students is one of the most rewarding things that I do.”


For the full article on all the recipients, visit the Carolina Center for Public Service’s page.

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