Gannon receives Academic Service-Learning Award at WWU

Katie Gannon of St. Louis, Mo., received the Academic Service-Learning
Award at William Woods University during the academic convocation April 24. She
was honored specifically for work she did with Callaway Senior Center to create
a functional website.

The Academic Service-Learning Award is presented to the
student who has best exemplified an exceptional commitment to service-learning
within a course containing an academic service-learning component 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.
 
Gannon worked with the Callaway Senior Center for two
semesters to create a website that would help the organization function more
efficiently. The center needed a site that would allow the organization to do
several things: accept volunteers, issue the lunch menu, communicate with
an events calendar and give basic information about the organization.
 
However, there were no funds for the project. Gannon was able
to secure a free website portal that still had all the functionality needed for
the organization to function well and made sure the website coordinated with
the United Way website so there would be a cohesive design. 

 

Gannon was also one of 14 WWU students selected for the 2013
edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” A
campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory chose the
students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in
extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.
 
By being listed in “Who’s Who,” she joins an elite group of
students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50
states.  Outstanding students have been
honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.
 
In addition to what Gannon has done for the Callaway Senior
Center, she has volunteered at Joplin-Bring the Flowers Back, Stray Rescue of
St. Louis and the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV).
 
Gannon has maintained a 3.75 GPA throughout her college
career while serving as director of SWAT (Student Website Advancement Team),
marketing director for Campus Activities Board and vice president of
recruitment and marketing for the Panhellenic Association. She is also an
active member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Student Alumni Council, Order of
Omega Greek honor society and College DECA student marketing organization.