Normandale announces Minnesota Campus Compact President’s Award recipients

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College has announced its Campus Compact President's Award recipients. Normandale student Manuel De Jesus Alanis Andrade received the Student Leadership Award, Normandale Administrative Assistant for Finance and Research Rachada Weiland was the Civic Engagement Steward Award recipient, and VEAP received the Community Partner Award.

Andrade developed strong civic responsibility and leadership skills, and is the President for Latinos United at Normandale in Action (LUNA). He is also a part-time worker for TRIO Student Support Services. Andrade volunteered for school district 191, the Normandale Ambassador Program, Spanish Debate-Minnesota Urban Debate League and many other organizations.

The Student Leadership Award is 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. 

Weiland is a true champion of Normandale's Campus Cupboard (food shelf). She sells beautiful and creative crafts as a fundraiser to buy food for students. Weiland has donated gift cards, and regularly donates food and hygiene items when the Campus Cupboard is in need.

The Civic Engagement Steward Award is for a member of the faculty, administration or staff or for a group (e.g. advisory committee, task force, project team) 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.

VEAP has been a key partner for Normandale and has provided great services to the student body. Through their Mobile Food Pantry Program, VEAP has provided free food to fight hunger among college students. VEAP's Mobile Food Pantry has committed to serving students frequently on campus and has made a significant difference.

The Community Partner Award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with Normandale, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.