GMC Student Irene Holak
Wins Service & Engagement Award
Student Irene Holak has been named Green Mountain College's 2007 winner of the Vermont Campus Compact/TD Banknorth Commitment to Service and Engagement Award. The award was presented at Vermont Campus Compact’s annual awards gala last Thursday at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. This award is given to one student per VCC member institution for both the breadth and depth of her/his community involvement. Irene led GMC’s Books for Africa drive and raised money and awareness for Vermont’s Campaign to End Childhood Hunger and coastal wetlands restoration. Irene also contributed to campus environmental programs by securing money for multiple projects through the Student Campus Greening Fund. Irene works as Student Manager at Cerridwen Farm, as part of Farm Work-Study. At the same awards event, Prof. Natalie Coe (biology) was named as a finalist for the Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching. GMC’s Community Partner award went to Joe Larosa, Director of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant for the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union (i.e., he coordinates enrichment programs for Poultney's school district).