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Commitment to Community Award
Commitment to Community Award
Pepper Laughon '59, third from right,
and members of the Macon a Difference Day
Commitment to Community Award Presentation
Randolph-Macon College’s annual Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award presentation took place on Friday, April 27, 2012. The event, held in conjunction with the Student Affairs Committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, took place in the Andrews Hall Multi-purpose Room.
The award honors the dedicated service of R-MC Board of Trustees member Frank E. “Pepper” Laughon ’59 and his wife Stuart and is given to a student organization or individual making significant contributions to enrich the lives of others. Pepper Laughon serves on the Student Affairs Committee, Athletic Committee, and as chair of the Greek Alumni Advisory Board. Stuart Laughon’s dedicated support of innumerable activities further evidences the Laughons’ dedication to enriching the lives of R-MC students.
R-MC Board of Trustees Member
Anne Derby McDougall, Esq. ’79
welcomed guests, and Dean of Students Grant Azdell presented the award. This year, The Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award was presented to student members of the
Macon a Difference Day
Macon a Difference Day is an annual event held in conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day. Students, staff, faculty, and Ashland citizens volunteer on a variety of earth-friendly service projects in the Randolph-Macon community and the Town of Ashland. Azdell praised the members of the steering committee for their dedication and hard work.
“The participation in Macon a Difference Day has increased every year since its inception in 2006,” said Azdell. “Last year, about 200 volunteers worked on projects. This year, we had almost 300 volunteers participate, and projects included highway, park, and creek clean-ups; landscaping for Hanover Humane Society; volunteering with the Wings of Hope Ranch; and working with the RAFT House, a program that provides services to adults with serious mental illnesses.”
For the last several years, R-MC has collaborated with The Hanover County Department of Community Resources on their annual Global Youth Service Day.
Laura Robertson ’04
, the Youth Service Specialist for Hanover County, attended the award presentation to support the recognition of the Macon a Difference Day steering committee.
The Award includes a framed certificate as well as a monetary prize to be used for the Macon a Difference Day group to continue its valuable work.
The following students serving on the Macon a Difference Day steering committee were recognized at the award presentation:
Elanya Chin ’12, Xavier Bullet ’13, Mark Josey ’13, JoAnna Longo ’12, Allison Miessler ’12, Caitlin Proctor ’12, and Kenneth White ’12.
In addition, the following faculty and staff who served on this committee were lauded:
Christina Brown Cozart, assistant director of
Residence Life and Housing
and advisor for Macon a Difference Day; Sociology Professor and Coordinator of Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences (
) Reber Dunkel; Chaplain Darrell Headrick;
Professor Emeritus Brian Moores;
Coordinator Mayumi Nakamura; and Laurie Preston, head of reference at the
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