Northeast hawk earns national recognition

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by jamesc  3/15/2017 2:05:56 PM --  ORLANDO, FL – A student-inspired project at Northeast Community College has been recognized nationally. The “Hawk Sculpture Campus Tradition” was presented the 2017 National Service Project of the Year Award from the Association of the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) at the organization’s annual national conference here. It was one of five awards presented at the conference.

The five-foot long hawk sculpture, with a nearly nine-foot wing span, stands on a three-foot concrete pedestal near the front entrance to the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. It was commissioned by members of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Student Government Association (SGA) as their “signature project.”

SGA representatives said the location was important because both freshmen orientation and commencement take place inside the gymnasium inside the Cox Activities Center; allowing students to have their picture taken on their first day on campus as well as their last.

Cory Hladky, SGA president in 2015-16, was pleased with the APCA recognition.

“I find it crazy going from a random project at a retreat to a two-year project with two different SGAs and a bunch of amazing people. I was very proud to be part of this.”

The stainless steel hawk sculpture was crafted by Merle Mead, a welding/machinist instructor, who taught at Northeast from 1978-2011. It was dedicated in August 2016.

Carissa Kollath, director of student activities at Northeast, accepted the award with Trelynn Morrow, Plainview, SGA president, and John Polt, Pierce, Student Activities Council president.

“This award is extra special,” Kollath said. “This project took two-years and involved two SGA teams to complete. We couldn’t have done it without Merle Mead, who donated his time, artistic ability and talent to this project. We are so grateful for his generosity. Several students and staff also had a hand in bringing this beautiful sculpture to our campus, and I am so thankful to cap off an amazing journey with this national recognition. It was a pleasure to accept this award on behalf of my students and Northeast.”

Members of the 2014-2015 SGA included Rachel (Frederick) Damme, Yankton, SD; Jeremy Dubas, Duncan; Katrina Havlovec, Shelby; Cory Hladky, Duncan; Justin Lester, Fort Calhoun; Zeke Potter, Fort Madison, IA; McKayla Sander, Columbus; and Nathan Thege, Columbus. Advisors were Lisa Reifenrath and Carissa Kollath.

Members of the 2015-16 SGA included Sara Brandl, Meadow Grove; Kyrstin Brandl, Humphrey; Michael Cataluna, Saipan, Northern Marinara Islands; Kirsten Cattell, Plainview; Corby Forbes, Brunswick; Liz Ketteler, Albion; Krisayla Rasmussen, Norfolk; Erika Rupprecht, Clarkson; and Dubas and Potter. Advisors were Amanda Englehart and Kollath.

Also at the APCA Conference, Northeast took third place in the t-shirt graphics competition for its “This is Hawkward” t-shirt. Kollath also presented an educational session at the conference on programming on a budget and spoke on Northeast’s in-house promotion programming.                                        

Approximately 330 representatives from over 100 colleges and universities from across the United States attended this year’s APCA National Conference.                    




PHOTO ID: John Polt, Carissa Kollath and Trelynn Morrow.

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