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Two presented President's Award for Civic and Community Leadership

March 16, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Michael Cook and Kaelynn Hayes were recently named recipients of the 2009 President's Award for Civic and Community Leadership at Indiana State University.

Cook, a junior political science major from Charleston, Ill., has participated in Take Back the Night and the Hull House service learning trip. He has served for two years as a learning community peer assistant mentoring freshmen students. Cook served as the student representative to the Presidential Review Committee examining Indiana State's smoking policy and helped organize a town hall discussion on hate crimes legislation. He has utilized his political science background by organizing the 2008 Pizza and Politics sessions for the American Democracy Project, working on behalf of John McCain and Mitch Daniels during the 2008 election and attending the Republican National Convention last summer in Minneapolis. Cook is a President's Scholar and a student in the University Honors Program.

Hayes, a junior history major from Danville, has been active in community service activities throughout her career. She has served on the Hulman Memorial Student Union Board since its inception, coordinating teams for activities such as College Relay for Life, Global Youth Service Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. She also took the lead in organizing the Jam the Bus Food Drive, which raised more than a ton of food for Catholic Charities and ISU Treasure, which gathered and preserved the documents and memorabilia of Indiana State students, faculty and staff. Hayes is a President's Scholar and a student in the University Honors Program. She is interested in pursuing a career in public history.

The President's Award for Civic and Community Leadership is presented annually to a junior or senior at ISU who has made community service an integral part of their college experience. The award honors and encourages students who have given generously of their time and energy through participation in community service activities.

Also recognized during ceremonies were Chiara Rodgers, Outstanding Americorps Member; Sandy Watkins of Crossroad Connection, Outstanding Americorps Site Supervisor; and Danny Tanoos, Vigo County School Corp., Community Partner Award. Missy Hawthorne and Judy Ross, ISU Payroll department and Teresa Herrington, West Vigo Community Center were named Outstanding Service Award winners.


Contact: Nancy Rogers, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, (812) 237-7900 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or