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Awards and Recognition

The Bonner Center has been honored by many organizations in the past. Here is a brief overview of some of the recognition the Bonner Center has received for its achievements.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, Presidential Honor Roll 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

community_service_honor_roll_logoThe College of New Jersey has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.

“Congratulations to TCNJ and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

“The College of New Jersey has maintained a service-learning requirement of its students for more than a decade, and our Bonner Community Scholars program rewards students for excellence in community service,” said R. Barbara Gitenstein, president of The College of New Jersey. “TCNJ’s commitment to community engagement is helping students develop into leaders who make a positive impact on our college as well as those beyond our campus who are less fortunate in many ways.”

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Patrick Donohue Receives Helen Shaw Staff Excellence and Special Achievement Award of 2011

Pat Donohue accepts the 2011 Helen Shaw Award.

Pat Donohue accepts the 2011 Helen Shaw Award.

Pat Donohue, Assistant Provost for Community Engagement and Partnership, and previous director of the Bonner Center at the College of New Jersey was awarded The Helen Shaw Staff Excellence and Special Achievement Award 2011 for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to The College of New Jersey.

The Helen Shaw Staff Excellence and Special Achievement Award was established by the Helen Shaw Endowment in January 2003 as a memorial in honor of Helen D. Shaw, Class of 1936. The award recognizes the essential role TCNJ staff members play as full partners in the College’s educational process and institutional activities, and acknowledges their commitment to varied models of excellence that display the dedication and breadth of staff contributions to the College.

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Associate Director of the Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement at the College of New Jersey honored with “Platinum Award”

Now Bonner Center DirectorPaula Figueroa-Vega, was honored with a “Platinum Explosion/Wall of Heroes Award” by the Trenton Board of Education on June 9, 2011. The award recognized the positive impact that Figueroa-Vega, a Trenton native, has made on young people in her community.

Figueroa-Vega has served as associate director of the Bonner Center since 2008. She is responsible for the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) graduation requirement for first-year students at the College, and also manages two teams of Bonner Community Scholars focused on the environment and homelessness.

She received her award along with over 100 Trenton students from all grades who were honored for their outstanding efforts throughout the year and about 70 community members of the local community.

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The Washington Center, Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards 2010

The College of New Jersey The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), a public liberal-arts college in Ewing, created The Bonner Community Scholars Corps (BCSC) to advance the institution’s overall civic engagement efforts while investing in individual students and promoting their development. A diverse group of 70 undergraduates identified as Bonners in high school and assisted with scholarship funding commits to serving the campus and larger community for four years. They form issue-based teams at the start of each academic year, work with community partners to identify and address unmet needs and ultimately mobilize other TCNJ students to assist. For example, BCSC students organize and motivate all freshmen as they fulfill their First-Year Community Engaged Learning (CEL) requirement through co-curricular days of service and class-based projects co-led by faculty members. CEL programs have involved hosting a youth conference, developing a database and web system for a local nonprofit, coordinating support for Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery, planting a community garden on campus to provide vegetables to a local soup kitchen, and delivering writing/reflection workshops to juvenile offenders. BCSC students elevate their participation in civic engagement to the regional, national and international level by taking enrichment trips and compiling issue-briefs to inform local partner agencies about larger political developments.

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards 2008

Patrick Donohue accepting the award on behalf of the Bonner Center.

Patrick Donohue accepting the award on behalf of the Bonner Center.

Environmental Education/Student-Led Activity Category: The Bonner Community Scholars Corps (Bonner Scholars) is comprised of 65 student leaders on the campus of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).  Started in 2004 under the leadership of TCNJ President Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein, the College references this program as their “domestic peace corps.”  Each Bonner Scholar spends a minimum of 300 hours per academic year working collaboratively with community partners in thirteen issue-based areas, including the environment, to improve the quality of life in Trenton and the surrounding vicinity.  In the 2007-2008 academic year, environmentally-focused Bonner Scholars mobilized 260 The College of New Jersey first-year students to complete their Community Engaged Learning graduation requirement on an environmental project to remove litter along the Trenton portion of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.  Through the Bonner Scholars’ efforts, over 4,000 hours of community service was dedicated to the Trenton stretch of the park.