Randolph-Macon College's annual Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award presentation took place May 5, 2017. This year's winner is Randolph-Macon's Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (H4H).
The event took place in the Dollar Tree Community Room in Brock Commons. R-MC Board of Trustees member and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee Sue Schick '84 welcomed guests, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Grant Azdell shared a brief history of the award.
The Commitment to Community Award
The Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community 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 support of innumerable activities further evidences the Laughons' dedication to enriching the lives of
Azdell told guests at the ceremony, "We are thrilled that this year's recipient of The Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award is Randolph-Macon's Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. It is impressive that the R-MC Chapter has completed about 500 hours of service for just this academic year alone."
Azdell also lauded Ellen Stack, director of advancement services, who serves as advisor for H4H.
"Ellen carries her passion for helping others over into her volunteer work," said Azdell. "Not only does she provide guidance and logistical support as advisor, but she is there with the students, hands-on in the traveling and the builds. She is steadfast in her service to the students and to the community."
"We are honored and humbled to have been chosen for The Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award, knowing that there are many groups at Randolph-Macon that also do such great work for the community," says Stack. "H4H members work alongside future homeowners, making an impact in our local community. I am privileged to work with such hardworking young adults who are compassionate about serving others."
Randolph-Macon's Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity
Randolph-Macon's Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity works hard to help provide simple, affordable housing for those in need. For years, many H4H members have spent spring break building houses in impoverished cities and disaster areas. In 2017, 11 R-MC students and staff took the opportunity during spring break to work alongside the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Chapter in North Carolina. R-MC's Alternative Spring Break (ASB), which took place March 26-31, 2017, was part of the Habitat for Humanity International Collegiate Challenge.
More than 50 students are members of R-MC's H4H chapter. Annually, the chapter participates in four to six day-long builds in Hanover County. In the past, R-MC's H4H chapter has traveled to a variety of destinations, including Dade City, Florida; Biloxi, Mississippi; Franklin, West Virginia; Mobile, Alabama; and Monroe, North Carolina.