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By Brian Sobotko '16

February 14, 2014

Connecticut College honors three with MLK service awards

Connecticut College honored three members of the campus community who exemplify and uphold the legacy of Dr. King’s work with their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards. The three were honored at a Jan. 29 luncheon titled: “Dream: Continue the March Toward Justice.”

Anthony Sis ’14 received the student award after helping launch a permanent group on campus for students to discuss connections between queer and racial identity through the lens of social justice.

“What he does - that very few people do well - is build bridges between different groups and help them work collaboratively,” said Professor Jen Manion, director of the College’s LGBTQ Resource Center.

Leo Garofalo, director of Connecticut College’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and this year’s faculty receipient, has, according to a press release, “led the College through important discussions of diversity and equity within the campus community.”

“He reinforces the idea that education doesn’t come from a textbook, but happens through dialogue, through the sharing of ideas,” said Kevin Zevallos ’16, who nominated Garofalo for the award.

The staff recipient, Kimberly Sanchez, Assosciate Director of the College’s Office of Volunteers for Community Service. According to the release, Sanchez was honored for her work developing and implementing programs that increase educational equity in public schools and, at the same time, provide college students an opportunity to learn about social justice issues and develop the skills to make positive changes in the community.”

Amherst student awarded Churchill scholarship

Christopher Finch ’14 of Amherst College has received a prestigious Churchill Foundation Scholarship.

At least 14 Churchill Scholarships are given out each year. The foundation began as an expression of American admiration to Winston Churchill and exists to encourage the exchange of knowledge and ideas between Great Britain and the United States.

The scholarship will allow Finch to research bioengineering next year at the University of Cambridge. Finch will study bioengineering to attempt to fight famine.

“The Earth’s population already stresses food resources, even as that population continues to burgeon,” Finch wrote in his application for the Churchill Scholarship. “Plant bioengineering provides unique tools to feed a growing world … [T]ransferring and modifying genes between and within organisms can produce plants with enhanced drought resistance, growth properties, and nutritional density.”

In the fall of 2012, Finch developed and led concussion awareness workshops for youth sports coaches based on research he conducted the previous summer at the University of Vermont.

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