Mercyhurst leadership program nets community service award

Mercyhurst College’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi – Leadership Certification Program – has been honored for the third consecutive year by the National Society of Leadership and Success for having the “Most Dedicated Chapter to Community Service.”

According to the society’s criteria for the award, at least 10 percent of the chapter members must have actively participated in at least one type of service during the academic year, with the majority of that work being hands-on within the community.

Mercyhurst’s chapter had 100 percent participation in community service, most notably with the annual Christmas On Campus and Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

There are 257 chapters and more than 130,000 members eligible to compete for this award, which comes with a $500 check for the student chapter.

Eleven members of Mercyhurst’s chapter received the organization’s National Excellence in Leadership Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. Those students and recent graduates include Whitly Breakey, Edana Depto, Dania-Janeil Dixon, Felicia Guerra, Adrianne LaGruth, Eileen McDonnell, Tanna Mezacapa, Abigail Robinson, Carmen Urrutia, Anthony Wanner and Ellen Wilson. Additionally, 40 student members were awarded presidential status for achieving a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Darcey Kemp, director of the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Development at Mercyhurst, oversees the chapter.
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