Karen Crain, administrative assistant in the Department of Business, received the 2019 Thaddeus Seymour Staff Award for Community Engagement during Rollins’ Annual Staff Awards Celebration on Friday, May 24.
Named for the College’s 12th president, the annual award was established in 2006 as a means of recognizing Rollins staff members for sustainable and demonstrated service in local and global communities. In the spirit of Rollins’ mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, this award is granted annually to a staff member who has transformed our community through community engagement.
“She has made a vast impact during her short time at Rollins both on the campus and the greater community," one commenter said of Crain. “As a team member of one of the largest departments, she still finds time to volunteer for every opportunity available to her. You can find her greeting new students arriving on campus, volunteering at the all-faculty retreat, attending strategic planning initiatives, working at the R-Compass Fair, volunteering at Fox Day, and even emceeing the Rethinking Fashion show alongside students to support social innovation”
The College will donate $500 in Crain’s honor to the community organization of her choice to further encourage her efforts in citizenship and leadership. In addition, Crain will direct one of this year’s SummerSERVE projects in partnership with the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement.