Students Recognized at Spirit of Service Event

Alfred State students, faculty, staff, friends, and residents of the Alfred community celebrated the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. last month at an awards ceremony held at the Village of Alfred Courthouse. The Jan. 24 event honored those who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others and who exemplify the principles of equality and social justice that Martin Luther King Jr. did. The event was hosted in partnership with Alfred University and was a part of a nationwide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Collegiate Challenge.

The five winners of the Spirit of Service awards are Alfred State student Leslie Teagarden, Alfred resident Jeanne Hyland, Alfred University student Zachary Mazejka, Alfred University faculty member Becky Prophet, and Sandy Dennison, marketing director for Alfred State’s ACES.

Following the awards ceremony, on Jan. 26, the college also hosted a day of service during which students worked on projects at 14 locations in the community including Alfred library.

MLK awards ceremony

Spirit of Service nominees and award recipients are, from left, Teagarden, Hyland, Alfred resident Bob Amico, Alfred University students Autumn McLain and Shane Farnum, Alfred State faculty members Dr. Melvin Chambliss and Nancy Furlong, Mazejka, Dennison, Alfred State student Matt Butler, staff member Deb Mayes, and faculty member Mark Payne. Missing from photo, Alfred University student Casey Duncan, award recipient Becky Prophet and Alfred University faculty members Robyn Goodman and Wes Bentz.