Kevin Morgan (left), president and CEO of ProLiteracy, accepts the Community Partner Award from the Chancellor of Syracuse University, Kent Syverud.
In an award ceremony on Tuesday, April 19th, Syracuse University recognized ProLiteracy as its 2016 Community Partner. The Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES), established in 1993, is given to acknowledge and recognize community partners who have consistently provided the community-based research and learning opportunities for students.
Syracuse University embraces the commitment to promote positive change. The CAPS Award furthers that objective, and ProLiteracy was chosen as an organization that simultaneously advances knowledge and meets real-world needs to benefit the Syracuse community, the region, and the world.
Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy accepted the award on behalf of the ProLiteracy staff and board of directors. Morgan said, “The Syracuse University student engagement with our organization started nearly 60 years when Dr. Bob Laubach, and his students at the School of Journalism, rewrote top news stories at a lower reading level for adult basic literacy students. In January 1959 the first edition of News for You made its debut. Today, 57 years later, News for You is still being published as a weekly newspaper, and is being distributed around the world. Today, our relationship with SU students is stronger than ever. Recent student engagements with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, our internship program, and other events have shown that today’s students at Syracuse University continue to invest their time in social issues that contribute to the public good.”
“The impact of these learning opportunities on our students is enhanced by the commitment of our community partners to support the work we do together. Students are engaged in every sector of the community, bringing their experiences into the classroom as they re-examine academic theories in light of this new knowledge,” said Pamela Kirwin Heintz, associate vice president and director of SU’s Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service. “We thank our community partners for the time and energy they commit to SU here and around the globe, helping us all learn about and better understand the complexities in our world. More importantly, they teach us how to partner and engage with community to build capacity and explore solutions. Their commitment helps us all construct experiences and learning that would not be possible alone.”