Hello all! 

On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Student Volunteer Center hosted its 12th annual Service Recognition Ceremony. This event recognizes outstanding students, staff, and faculty that have completed exemplary community service during their time at UCSC. We annually award individual students, student organizations, Greek organizations, faculty, and staff based on an application and letters of recommendation and/or a community member nomination. This year’s winners included Elena Kohn for the Silver Slug Award (1 to 2 quarters of service), Vietta Navarro for the Gold Slug Award (3 to 7 quarters of service), Nicolas Sutton for the Platinum Slug Award (8 to 15 quarters of service), Alpha Omega Phi for the Greek Organization Award, and Franklin Williams of Kresge Service Learning who received the Faculty award.

This year’s SRC theme was “Building a Better Community” and it emphasized the wonderful ways in which volunteers help construct, renovate, and refurbish the places they call home. Our volunteers are the backbones of our communities and without their help our communities would need some serious overhauling! 

Held in the beautiful Alumni Room above the College Nine and Ten Dining Hall, the 2012 Service Recognition Ceremony was quite a shindig. The evening began with inspiring speeches made by SVC’s two faculty advisors Assistant Dean of Students, Lucy Rojas and Research Professor and Lecturer in Community Studies, Dr. Andrea Steiner. Both advisors had more than a few kind words to say about UCSC’s incredible volunteers and the overarching meaning of the work that they do. The event was catered by the University Dining staff and the hors d’oeuvres were delicious! Guests’ plates were filled with fresh sushi, fine cheeses, marinated vegetables, mouthwatering shepherd’s dip, and cream puffs the size of your head! Needless to say, the food was a hit, as were the decorations. Decked out in cool royal blue and crisp yellow accents, the room featured gorgeous fresh flower arrangements, creative photo displays, and charming accents constructed out of common building materials. It seems safe to say that the guests thoroughly enjoyed the event, especially when Cloud 9 arrived to help us wrap up the event by serenading the audience with a few choice hits. The evening could not have been better!

SRC 2012 was a wonderful celebration of volunteerism at its finest. We at the Student Volunteer Center would like to express our deepest thanks for those who have supported us throughout this busy spring quarter! We cannot believe that this year is about to come to a close but summer will give us all a chance to relax and refuel for next year! Keep checking our website to learn more about summer volunteer opportunities! Happy volunteering!


Hannah Mykel

Student Volunteer Center Intern