Kristen Bauer has a heart for service that goes beyond the classroom. Bauer, of St. Charles, Missouri, recently was awarded the Academic Service-Learning Award at William Woods University.
A double major in communication and English, she worked devotedly in ENG 345, Technical Writing, to write a proposal requesting funds for student cameras for the communication, equestrian science, and American Sign Language disciplines so those students might record themselves and improve their skills.
She also wrote a grant proposal to support the ongoing efforts of the family of “Super Sam,” the local child who touched so many lives before losing his life to cancer. Working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and her Chi Omega sorority sisters, she helped raise $5,000 for his wish—a backyard pool. She served as a liaison with the family and implemented marketing and fundraising ideas, including barbecues, community outreach projects, and walking in the Christmas parade devoted to “Super Sam.”
The Academic Service-Learning Award is presented to the student who best demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to service-learning within a course containing an academic service-learning element during the academic year.
Professors may nominate any full-time William Woods student who holds a 3.40 GPA or better and who has not only fulfilled the course’s academic service-learning requirement, but also has made an exemplary contribution to the project or to their community as a result of the project.
Recipients must demonstrate intrinsic motivation to serve beyond self-promotion, serve as a role model for their peers, embody a dedication to learning, produce exemplary work in conjunction to the project, engage in critical reflection of the service and the related learning, or a combination of these elements.
Bauer enthusiastically participates in philanthropic events, helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home, volunteering at Food 4 Kids in Jefferson City to provide children with sack lunches, and tutoring English at Fulton grade schools. She also offered her time and production skills to assist with a Faculty Enrichment promotion.
When Bauer was not volunteering her time to serve others, she was active in numerous campus organizations, including Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). She served as President’s Twenty auction co-chair, volleyball team captain, 94.9 The Pulse radio station DJ and broadcaster, Reel Fanatics Film Club president, Hoot student magazine writer and Sigma Tau Delta National English Honors Society president. She participated in a Mentor-Mentee project, traveled with Woods Around the World, and was selected to present her writing at the Central Methodist University Humanities Conference.