2009 Recipient - Stephanie Hayne
Stephanie was unable to attend The Western Awards of Excellence ceremony to receive her award in person because not surprisingly she was leading a group of students on an Alternative Spring Break program. In the following video she shares her thoughts on accepting this award.
Integrity and respect are the simplest ways to describe how Stephanie Hayne goes about her day-to-day interactions on campus.
As a Residence Academic & Service Learning Coordinator, Hayne has used her initiative and solid leadership skills to further not only her role at the university, but those with whom she has dealt in her eight years at Western. In 2002, Hayne led a small group of students during their spring break to Pennsylvania where they participated in this new concept of service-learning, helping inner-city youth.
Since then the Alternative Spring Break Program has expanded to the point where there are now more than 200 Western students participating globally.
“She demonstrates genuine caring for students, Western’s philosophy, and the Housing vision,” says Assistant Director of Residences Jennifer Ashenden. “We believe the values of respect and integrity are most evident in Stephanie’s value of service.”
As a leader on the Residence Life Management Team, Hayne offers the best student experience in areas such as the Alternative Spring Break Program, Western Serves, first-year and upper-year leadership conferences, supporting the academic leadership programmers on staff, and supporting learning community leaders in residence.
Hayne, currently enrolled in the first-year of her Master’s at the University of Calgary with a focus on service-learning, recently traveled alongside Western President Paul Davenport on a trip to Rwanda to further explore opportunities for students to participate in service-learning.
“From the very first day I met her in 2003, she was talking about service-learning and how it should be integral to what we do here in residence and ideally, all over campus at Western,” says Ashenden. “In this way, Stephanie has single-handedly ensured that every student living in residence on main campus has a service-learning opportunity available to them at least once over the course to the year.”
Hayne’s skills were recently recognized in her new role as the Experiential Learning Coordinator, through the Teaching Support Centre.
by Paul Mayne
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