Sandra Poindexter (Business) is a recipient of the 2007 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. The award is the highest annual award that the MCC presents to faculty and staff in Michigan. Poindexter was designated by her peers as the person on the NMU campus who has made the most outstanding contributions in the area of community service-learning during the past year. One of the service-learning projects she was involved in this year was Youth Summer Technology Camp 2007.
“With the joint efforts of six NMU faculty members, I coordinated a pilot four-day tech camp for disadvantaged high school-aged youth from the Upper Peninsula," she said. "The camp attendance was small, but it allowed us to experiment with camp planning, workshops and residence issues.”
From 2001-06, Poindexter organized many different projects, working with students in dramatized real-world situations. She began using academic service learning in the early 1980s when there weren’t many models in existence. In all of her projects, she said she tries to build a sense of team spirit, similar to summer camp.
“The nomination was unexpected and the award was really, really an honor,” said Poindexter.
Poindexter will be recognized by Michigan Campus Compact during a dinner ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Central Michigan University.
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