Normandale individuals recognized through 2016 Minnesota Campus Compact’s President’s Awards

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relatins

Normandale Community had three individuals who received 2016 Minnesota Campus Compact President's Awards. Normandale students Muna Abdi and Junruo Fu received honors, along with instructor David Rayson.

Junruo received the Newman Civic Fellows Award that goes to an individual that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

At age 13, Junruo immigrated from China in pursuit of education and economic mobility. Through structured organizations and in campaigns of personal conversation, Junruo provided professional development and academic support for young learners through the Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association, generated awareness and funding through the United Way Campaign and Arise Project, expanded opportunities and advocated for recent immigrants in her community and currently serves as a Success Mentor Leader on campus.

Abdi received the President's Student Leadership Award for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

She has generously volunteered over 300 hours in the community while attending Normandale, and enthusiastically given her time to many programs, including helping people with dementia at an adult day program, tutoring youth in the public schools, and serving Normandale students at our on-campus food pantry.

Rayson received the President's Civic Engagement Steward Award for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

As a Normandale History faculty member, Rayson has been a strong advocate of community based learning and has fostered a culture of engagement at Normandale. David also assists underserved middle school students to view college as possible through his creation and ongoing work with the See Yourself Here program.

Normandale also selected Bridging for the President's Community Partner Award. They were selected for being an outstanding partner of Normandale's Center for Experiential Education since the office was established. They are offered as a service-learning option in nearly 15 classes per semester, an average of 80 students per year are able to complete meaningful, hands on service to our local community at Bridging.