Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Volunteers strike gold at UIS; Adams takes top honor

More than 40 Sangamon County volunteers were honored Tuesday during the annual Good as Gold ceremony at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Larry Adams, an Ameren gas operations supervisor, received the 2013 Distinguished Volunteer Award for his work at Matheny-Withrow Elementary School over the past 25 years.

The awards, which are in their fifth year, are sponsored by the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center and the Junior League of Springfield.

UIS students Samia Ahmad, Amanda Cummins and Paige Heiser were honored with Star Student Awards for their volunteer contributions.

Ahmad organized an on-campus Tie a Yellow Ribbon and toiletries donation campaign for troops, and Cummins helped organize the school’s Hunger and Homelessness Week. Heiser had a leadership role in the UIS Alternative Spring Break organization.

UIS International Student Series Program Coordinator Erika Suzuki received the Star Staff Award for her work with Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach.

The awards were featured by The State Journal-Register on April 17, 2013.

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