AmeriCorps Awards Luncheon Friday, Aug. 10

Geraldine Stirtz
director of the Office of Service-Learning, 308.865.8957

The Rural Corps Project AmeriCorps members will be recognized at ceremonies Friday, Aug. 10, at the Nebraska Firefighters Museum in Kearney.

The AmeriCorps members being recognized provided “…thousands of hours of community service,” according to Geraldine Stirtz, director of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Office for Service-Learning and AmeriCorps program director.

The event will open at 11:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Stirtz and greetings by Dr. Kenya Taylor, UNK associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies. A luncheon will then be served.

Beginning at 12:20-12:30 p.m., there will be a “passing the baton” of the Community Partner/Fiscal Agent from Judi Sickler, executive director of the Kearney Area Community Foundation, to Nancy Williams, executive director for the Kearney Public Schools Foundation. The Kearney Area Community Foundation served as the Community Partner/Fiscal Agent for the past three years.

Guest speaker for the event will be Greg Donovan, AmeriCorps senior program officer ServeNebraska-Lincoln.

In all, 19 AmeriCorps members will be recognized, (beginning at 12:45 p.m.). The members and the agencies they served include:

Shannon Aspen – United Way of the Kearney Area

Darcie Tramp – Kearney Public Schools

Olivia Conley – Kearney Community Learning Center (After School Program)

Laurie-Ann Curry – Arc of Buffalo County

Alison Davis – Office for Service-Learning

Ben Emeigh – Habitat for Humanity

Natalie Hanisch – Kearney Community Learning Center (After School Program)

Matt Jones – Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

Tory Jones – Kearney Community Learning Center (After School Program)

Mark Lewis – UNK PE Department/Zion Lutheran School

Emma Lockard – Kearney Public Schools

Layne McConville – Kearney Community Learning Center (After School Program)

Heather Novacek – Kearney Public Schools

Brittany Petersen – Kearney Public Schools

Nicole Potthoff – Great Platte River Archway

April Refior – UNK Frank House

Laurel Rosado – Kearney Area Community Foundation

Cara Ward – Kearney Public Schools

Jason Winchester – American Red Cross