Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dan Cadigan receives Distinguished Volunteer Award

Community volunteer Daniel Cadigan, now in his fourth year as a volunteer tutor at Graham Elementary School, has been honored by the University of Illinois Springfield and the Junior League of Springfield for his efforts.

Cadigan received the 2011 Good As Gold Distinguished Volunteer Award at a program Tuesday recognizing local community volunteers and organizations. It was the third annual ceremony.

Other volunteers were recognized in several categories:

* Esther Ellison, UIS Star Student Award. Ellison is in her second year as a mentor at Jefferson Middle School.

* Normajean Niebur, UIS Star Staff Award. Niebur, an office support specialist in public affairs and administration, originated and maintains the feral cat program on campus, feeding the cats twice daily, 365 days a year. She also has organized bake sales for fellow UIS workers in need and wrote a grant to help UIS food service staff members who were laid off during Christmas break.

* The UIS Volunteer Center also recognized about 200 students who volunteered for various community efforts throughout the year.

The awards were featured in an April 13, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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