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Westminster College Awarded South Salt Lake’s 2014 “Partner of the Year”

March 24, 2014

First Partnership in City History to Win Back-to-Back Recognition

SALT LAKE CITY – South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood presented Westminster College with the 2014 “Partner of the Year” award to President Brian Levin-Stankevich during the annual State of the City Address March 20. This is the first partnership in the city’s history to win back-to-back recognition of this award, as Westminster was named the 2013 Partner of the Year.

“Westminster College is a tremendous force for good in our Promise Programs, and Westminster students and the South Salt Lake youth and families that have participated in this collaboration have greatly benefited,” said Wood. “Over the past year, Westminster participants have shown up in force, day after day, to serve in our city. They have planned and implemented new and ingenious ways for Westminster students and faculty to partner in every Promise South Salt Lake afterschool program and every Neighborhood Center.”

The event recognized the following Westminster members: Dr. Peter Ingle, education professor and future interim dean of Westminster’s School of Education; Luciano Marzulli, director of Westminster’s Diversity Student Affairs and Support; and Julie Tille, director of the college’s Center for Civic Engagement.

“There are literally too many amazing programs and services that offer opportunities for practical experience for the Westminster students and that meet the needs of our community to mention,” added Wood. Some additional programs include:

  • In September 2013, the partnership launched South Salt Lake’s first writing center, Write Here, led by Westminster Writing Center Director Chris LeCluyse, and staffed by writing consultants from the college.
  • The Venture Program will host its first course this fall in the City of South Salt Lake. The course will be taught by Westminster faculty at the Historic Scott School Community Center, through a cooperative effort among Westminster College, the city, and the Utah Humanities Council.
  • Over 20 Westminster students serve as daily small group tutors and mentors for children at the Hser Ner Moo Center—collectively providing more than 400 hours of volunteer service over a semester.
  • Westminster students from the Diversity Center volunteer at Granite Park Jr. High on an ongoing basis to address achievement gaps among our community’s under represented youth.
  • Six groups of Environmental Senior Seminar Students are delivering their capstone projects addressing various environmental and quality of life issues for schools and residents in South Salt Lake this spring.
  • The Westminster Class of 2017 provided “much needed volunteer labor for the South Salt Lake Community Connection neighborhood” in the fall of 2013.
  • Westminster nursing students are providing free health screenings in Promise South Salt Lake neighborhood centers and at South Salt Lake community events.

“This past year, Westminster has also brought their alumni and collegiate partners and resources to the table, turning strangers into friends that work tirelessly on behalf of our community,” said Mayor Wood. “The high-quality academic, interpersonal, and social mentoring and coaching that our students receive is worthy of the highest praise.”


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