Syracuse University honored students, faculty, staff and community partners who exemplify SU’s commitment to engagement with the community and Scholarship in Action with the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES) on April 24. The Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship recognizes commitment to Scholarship in Action and investment in the public good.

Amber Lingenfelter, Class of 2013, received a Chancellor’s Citation. She is a hospitality management major with minors in both entrepreneurship and policy studies to learn crucial skills to fulfill her dream. She hopes to work for nonprofit agencies and good causes. She works 15-20 hours per week with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), starting as an assistant for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and becoming a project assistant at IVMF. There, she helps to provide services to reintegrate homeless veterans into meaningful employment and deal with problems facing homeless veterans and the community level. She also volunteers at the North Side Learning Center and at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program.

Over the years, many students indicated the desire to honor special faculty, staff or community partners who have been motivating to them as they made their way into the community. This year, the 2013 Inspiration Award was created presented to Kimberly E. Johnson, instructor, Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition.

Students enrolled in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition’s HPM 418—Hospitality Management Capstone take on the planning and organizing of a yearly fundraising event and collectively learn about and select an organization for their efforts. Along with the Hospitality Management Association, students in HPM 418 have raised more than $10,000 since 2009. They were honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship.