Vol State Student Receives Statewide Honor for Community Service

Submitted on May 02, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Dana Vick of Gallatin has been awarded the Harold M. Love Community Service Award by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The Volunteer State Community College student was recognized for her extensive involvement in campus organizations and her work to assist street children in India. Vick first visited the Taabar Center in Jaipur, India as part of a Vol State Tennessee Consortium for International Studies travel-study trip. The Taabar group works to get homeless kids off of the streets. Vick returned to the United States and immediately began to devise a plan to help the India efforts, with fellow student Tina Newman. They formed a non-profit group called Taabar 2. They have returned twice more to India with funds, materials and other support for the center. Their Taabar 2 organization has turned into a campus-wide group involving many other students and faculty. In addition to fundraisers and educational events, the students and faculty have been documenting the activities in India to provide an on-going international learning opportunity for other Vol State classes, as part of a campus initiative to internationalize the curriculum at the college.

Vick served as the 2009-2010 Phi Theta Kappa honors society Vice President and currently serves as the 2010-2011 Phi Theta Kappa President. She is also President of the Psychology Club and the Returning Women's Organization, and a member of the Society of Leadership and Success. Vick is a wife and mother and maintains a 3.69 GPA.

The individuals selected to receive recognition with the Harold M. Love Award represent the many dimensions of community service - volunteer work, public service, charitable service and leadership roles in community organizations. The students honored each year are chosen from colleges and universities across the state.

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