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Students Receive Birmingham Award


Students Receive Birmingham Award

Juniors Brittany Burks and Sam Moskowitz received the 2013-2014 Ann B. & Martin F. Birmingham Student Volunteer Recognition Award on April 15.

The annual award is given 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.

Burks, a native of Amherst, is a biology/pre-dental major. On campus, she serves as the secretary of Students With a Vision (SWAV) and is very involved with the club’s Project Community Convergence. Off campus, she volunteers at the Elderwood Skilled Nursing Facility, Bethany House, and the Asbury Store. At the Elderwood Skilled Nursing Facility, she served as a companion to many of the elderly patients by visiting with them on a regular basis and helping them with the upkeep of their rooms. During the school year, she volunteered at Bethany House, a safe place offering emergency relief services for battered women and their children. She assisted with preparing food bags, cleaning the house, and organizing the food cupboard.

Moskowitz is a psychology major from Henrietta. He is an executive member of SWAV, and has volunteered his time with several of the club’s activities including building a home for Habitat for Humanity, educating the Fisher community on local homelessness at the annual Hunger Banquet, dancing with the residents of the Friendly Home, shopping with disadvantaged youth at the JCPenney’s Coat Drive, and renovating Rochester City Schools through Project Community Convergence.

He has also coordinated several volunteer activities with local organizations such as the Seneca Park Zoo, Wild Wings in Mendon Ponds Park, Begin Again Horse Rescue, Lollipop Farms, and many more. Additionally, he has taken on the personal initiative of creating the “I am Diversity” campaign, which consists of a chain of Post-It-Notes stating what diversity means to you. This chain of notes spanned the campus from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy to Pioch Hall.

The three other finalists honored at the event were: Laura Burgstrom ’14, a History and Adolescence Education/Special Education major; Jennifer Cator ’14, a Psychology major; and Matthew Ulakovic ’14, a Communication/Journalism 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 the College's mission—service to others.

Birmingham Awards

From L to R: Jennifer Cator, Matthew Ulakovic, Brittany Burks, Sam Moskowitz, and Laura Burgstrom.

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