Commitment to Community Award Honors Syreen Goulmamine ’19

May 15, 2018


Syreen GoulmamineRandolph-Macon College's annual Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award presentation took place May 4, 2018 in the Dollar Tree Room in Brock Commons. This year's winner is Syreen Goulmamine '19, a behavioral neuroscience, biology, and Spanish major. Goulmamine, who was in Austin, Texas presenting research at a national conference, was honored in absentia. R-MC Board of Trustees member and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee Sue Schick '84 welcomed guests.

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 R-MC students.

Connecting People Through Service
Grant Azdell, vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, told guests, "Syreen aspires to connect people together through service. When she volunteers at medical clinics, she uses her language skills to connect medical personnel with their patients. As logistics chair for The Big Event, she brings together the R-MC and the Ashland communities. She is a student of immense strength and character who connects everyone together into one Commitment to Community."

Syreen Goulmamine '19
Goulmamine serves as executive director of the Service Fellows and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and president of the College Panhellenic Council. She is the logistics chair for Macon a Difference Day 2018; logistics chair for The Big Event 2018; a member of Leadership Fellows; a member of the Commons Activities Board; a member of the Diversity Council; and a member of the Pre-Health Society. Goulmamine also volunteers at local hospitals and clinics, using her fluency in Arabic, Daraja, and Spanish to help translate and scribe.

"Service is something I consider an integral part of building character," she says. "Whether that be to my community, organizations, or family and friends, I believe that being of service to others brings a joy all its own. I'm honored to receive this award and to be recognized for something I feel so passionately about. I chose to give the monetary award to the Service Fellows program because it is one of the first organizations that got me involved at Randolph-Macon, and it allowed me to grow as a leader."