Normandale honors Campus Compact Award recipients

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Watch a Congratulatory Message to the award recipients from
Normandale President Dr. Joyce Ester

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) announced the winners of the 2020 Presidents' Engaged Campus Awards. This year's awards include over 100 honorees selected by 38 of Campus Compact's member college and university presidents. 


This included three categories of honorees from Normandale Community College. Awardees were selected for their role as student leaders, civic leaders, and for community-campus partnerships.  

The award recipients included Normandale's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and Student Senate for the Presidents' Student Leadership Award, Normandale Bookstore and Textbook Manager Chris Peterson for the President's Civic Engagement Steward Award and partner Oasis for Youth for the Presidents' Community Partner Award.   

Normandale's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and Student Senate received the award for their commitment in the 2019-2020 school year to improving student access to basic needs. They have achieved basic needs access through collaboration, new initiatives, and by empowering their members to be engaged in this effort.  

Peterson received the award for showing significant enthusiasm for helping meet student basic needs. He has looked for opportunities to donate to Normandale's on-campus food shelf and has partnered with the Student Resource Center for a pop-up clothing closet.   

Normandale's nonprofit partner Oasis for Youth has a long-standing partnership with Normandale to help support our students at-risk of homelessness. They regularly come to campus to assist students and expertly help our students when we refer people to them.  

"Normandale is dedicated to doing everything it can to help our students succeed," said Normandale Community College President Joyce Ester. "Last year, we participated in a student needs survey that indicated some of the food and home insecurity obstacles some of our students face on a consistent basis. Each of these award recipients, have made great efforts to address these obstacles to help provide resources to students in need so they can have better opportunities to persist and succeed at Normandale." 

Awards events to be held in April and May had to be canceled. Online recognition will occur from April 17 to May 5 and will include video messages for and by awardees, virtual message boards, pictures, and descriptions of awardees. These will be shared on IAMNCC web sites and social media.  

"This year is a particularly important time to recognize the amazing collaborations happening between communities and campuses," said Emily Shields, Executive Director. "The current crisis makes the important public role of colleges and universities even more evident and these examples demonstrate what's possible."  

Learn more about all the Presidents' Awards honorees in Iowa and Minnesota.   

For selective award categories, we accepted nominations from member campuses and partners. Nominations were scored by independent reviewers and twelve were selected.  

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its network of 58 campuses. This includes educating students through community and civic learning experiences and making an impact in communities through reciprocal partnerships that address community-identified goals. IAMNCC creates partnership opportunities, supports quality programming through professional development, and promotes the importance of the civic mission.  

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