Lisa McCann, a sociology graduate
student from Indiana, has been selected
for the 2015 Foundation for IUP Community
Volunteer Service Award.
The award recognizes both student
volunteerism at IUP and the volunteer commitment of the Foundation for IUP board
of directors. It was established in June 1998 in celebration of the 30th
anniversary of the Foundation for IUP. To be eligible for the award, students must
be engaged in volunteer community service that exceeds any requirement for a
class project, organizational membership, scholarship or other obligatory
McCann is the recipient of the
2014-2015 Graduate Student Scholarship from the School of Graduate Studies and
Research, won the 2014 Anthropology Chairperson’s Award for academic
achievement and applying anthropology for community service, the 2014 Fearless
Diamond Leadership Award from the African American Cultural Center.
She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta
sociology honor society, Tiacullo, Lamda Alpha anthropology honor society and
Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. She is a McNair Scholar.
She is the primary organizer and
curator for the “Walk Through Latin America” exhibition in the University
Museum planned for October 31-December 12. In this role, she provides leadership and
direction in the combined efforts of more than 13 departments and programs at
IUP. She also is planning the 2015 Day of the Dead Festival and was active in
the planning and organization of the 2014 and 2013 Day of the Dead Festivals.
She is an advisory board member for the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies
and is the founder and a member of the advisory board for the Northern
Appalachian Seed Bank and was a consultant and coordinator for the 2014
Community Seed Swap. She is a volunteer and mentor for Caring About Latino
Student Achievement Program.
She is a volunteer with The Seedling
Project, providing seedlings, growing supplies and gardening knowledge to
low-income clients of food pantries. Since 2014, she has been a Penn State
Cooperative Extension certified master gardener, presenting and applying
research-based horticultural information in the community. Since 2013, she has
been involved with the Indiana Community Garden as a steering committee member,
consultant, outreach assistant, coordinator of the Cempazuchiti Project and
Latino student garden plots.
From left, Rich Caruso, FIUP Board
of Directors president; Regina Stover, FIUP Board of Directors member and Scholarship
Committee member; scholarship recipient Lisa McCann and IUP President Dr.