February 15, 2002
Jann Jackson, a student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent has been selected as recipient of the Maine Campus Compact's Student Heart and Soul Award.
This award, the most prestigious that MCC bestows in Maine, honors exceptional service and recognizes the endeavors of students, who go above and beyond as a volunteer within the community addressing important issues, while attending college or universities.
Jackson, a senior majoring in behavioral science, was selected from numerous applications submitted by student service leaders throughout the state. She is the senior class president and sits on the student senate, assistant chair of the Newman Club, member of the non-traditional students club, and coordinator of Students of Community Service (SOCS).
Among her other volunteer duties on campus, are assisting John Mathieu, coordinator for the Americorps/Vista Volunteer Program, with Special Olympics, America Reads/America Counts, and working closely with campus professors as a student leader, teaching assistant and a tutor. She helps create programs and feeds ideas to the professors that will benefit the students, the campus and community.
"She is a very dedicated volunteer who devotes many hours to projects that benefit people of the community," said Mathieu. "She is a very busy lady."
Jackson lives in New Sweden where she also volunteers within the community on the Aroostook Teen Leadership Council through the Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC) where she presents workshops throughout Maine and the United States. She is also active with Youth Ministry and the National Association Teen Institute board.
Jackson juggles the many duties of a wife and mother of three daughters along with her commitment as a student and a volunteer. For two years of her college career, all three of her daughters were also attending college. Two of her daughters have now graduated, one with a masters degree in public administration and the other with a bachelors degree in biochemistry. Her third daughter is now a junior in college.
"Being chosen for this award is a tribute both to her status as a student leader and to her outstanding commitment to service," said Liz McCabe Park, director of the Maine Campus Compact.
When asked how she feels about being presented the award, Jackson said, "I'm humbled, mostly because I feel that anything I give I should, as a member of any community."
"Giving is a part of who I am," said Jackson. "I feel than an award is always positive and rewarding even if I continually have an internal reward from serving."
Jackson will be honored at a formal reception and presentation of the Heart & Soul Award on February 28, in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. The recognition ceremony will be part of a daylong event showcasing service-learning as a path to involved citizenship.
The award will be presented by Richard Pattenaude, president of the University of Southern Maine and co-chair of Maine Campus Compact's executive board.