Wegman and Carpenter Receive Student Volunteer Recognition Award
St. John Fisher College students Bridget Wegman ’13 and Amanda Carpenter ’14 were recently named the 2012-2013 recipients of the Ann B. & Martin F. Birmingham Student Volunteer Recognition Award.
The award is given annually to students who demonstrate excellence as a volunteer, either on campus or in the community. The recipients receive $5,000 in tuition assistance, a $1,000 honorarium, and a framed certificate of achievement.
Wegman is a childhood and special education major from Rochester, and she has a long record of community service that includes work with the Teddi Dance for Love, Relay for Life, Clara Barton School #2, St. Lawrence School, and many more. She has also been working with the Andrews Center for over ten years. The Andrews Center is a foster home for children with medical, emotional, and physical needs. Wegman began her involvement with the organization because of her love of and interest in children. Her work includes organizing fundraisers, assisting foster mothers with the needs of their children, and organizing and sorting donations. Wegman also takes on a leadership role with Fisher’s Campus Crusades for Christ club, serving as a member of the advertising team. The Council for Exceptional Children is yet another club where she demonstrates her superior leadership skills in planning and organizing meetings, raising money for causes the club supports, and organizing events.
Carpenter, a nursing major from Liverpool, coordinated this past year’s Project Community Convergence (PCC) – an annual volunteer project that assigns Fisher students to five Rochester City Schools to paint and clean. Carpenter organized the PCC from start to finish, including coordination with the schools and students, and committed anywhere from 2-10 hours a week leading up to the event. During the project itself, she volunteered more than 16 hours over two Saturdays. In addition, she has also been involved on campus with Students with a Vision (SWAV) since she was a freshman. She has done numerous events with SWAV, including the ZooBoo, Project Bundle Up, as well as many others.
The three other finalists honored were Cody McLean ’15, an English/writing major, Jamilyn Brasemer ’13, a psychology major, and Brittany Burks ’14, a biology/pre-dental major.
The Ann B. & Martin F. Birmingham Student Volunteer Recognition Award was established in 1990, thanks to a generous gift to the College from Mr. and Mrs. Birmingham. Since then, 27 students have been recognized and rewarded for their charitable service to others. Through their personal example of volunteerism, Ann and the late Martin F. Birmingham embody one of the basic tenets of St. John Fisher College's mission—service to others.
Bridget Wegman, Dr. Donald Bain, Amanda Carpenter