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Ann Abbott receives two awards for public engagement

4/28/2016  8:00 am

Ann Abbott is the recipient of two awards for her extensive involvement in public engagement.

She has received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Public Engagement (CAEPE) in recognition of her work on behalf of a number of community organizations, and the J. Frederick Miller Award from the University YMCA's Board of Governors in recognition of public service involving moral understanding and civic responsibility.

The Chancellor’s Award honors Ann’s work for community organizations such as the East Central Illinois Refugee Center, and La Línea, SOAR after school program and the bilingual education classroom in Champaign-Urbana schools. For purposes of the (CAEPE) awards, distinguished public engagement is defined as sustained (a minimum of two year for students, and three years while at the U of I for all others) and direct extension of an individual’s disciplinary or technical expertise to the public and non-profit sector.

The J. Frederick Miller Award is given for distinguished volunteer service by a staff or faculty member of the U of I or a member of the Religious Workers Association of Urbana-Champaign. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions as a volunteer during his or her life in the local community. The award honors volunteer participation which, in the judgment of the Board of Governors of the University YMCA, reflects an expression of moral understanding and civic responsibility and stands as a model of such service to students and others in this community. The award is named for Fred Miller, a career YMCA professional who served as General Secretary of the University YMCA at the U. of I. from 1958-1967.