The Hellenic American University Psychology Club, faculty member Dr. Sofia Daskou, and the Caritas Athens Refugee Center have been nominated for the 2014 Campus Compact of New Hampshire Presidents’ Awards.

21 March 2014, 12:00 am

The Hellenic American University Psychology Club, faculty member Dr. Sofia Daskou, and the Caritas Athens Refugee Center have been nominated for the 2014 Campus Compact of New Hampshire Presidents’ Awards.

The nominees were selected by a Hellenic American University committee made up of past award recipients. The award winners will be announced on April 8, 2014 at a special event that will take place at the SERESC Conference Center in Bedford, New Hampshire. Students and staff from Hellenic American University (Manchester) will be invited to attend.

The Campus Compact of New Hampshire Presidents’ Awards brings together college and university presidents with a commitment to community service and a desire to promote civic engagement as part of the academic and student life of its member institutions. Each year, the Compact honors students, faculty and non-profit organizations who have made outstanding contributions to community service and promoted civic engagement on campus.

The Hellenic American University Psychology Club
Founded in 2012 by three Hellenic American University students and advised by Psychology faculty member Ms. Barbara Kondilis, the Hellenic American University Psychology Club has been nominated for the Presidents’ Leadership Award in recognition for its contribution to community service. The Club has taken an active role in a range of service projects, including the Alma Zois Breast Cancer Awareness walk, HIV/AIDS awareness for December’s World AIDS Day, and the 3rd Volunteerism Event.

Dr. Sofia Daskou, nominee for the Good Steward Award

Dr. Sofia Daskou, a member of the Business faculty at Hellenic American University, has been nominated for the Good Steward Award. Dr. Daskou was instrumental in establishing the Student Research Conference and has led various service learning projects designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students, such as applied business projects in Karditsa and Ioannina, which aimed to inspire students to contribute to the managerial thinking of rural Greek entrepreneurs of family-owned firms.  She has also been active in the SOZO for the Children in Greece charity, and for the past two years has coordinated collaborative projects between the organization and the University community. 

Caritas Athens Refugee Center, nominee for the Community Partner Award
Nominated for the Community Partner Award, the Caritas Athens Refugee Center provides social support and advocacy services to a growing population of refugees and immigrants, young people and families in need, and the elderly. On a daily basis, the service includes the distribution of food, clothes, education, counseling and psychological support to 300 people, including 80 children.

Within the framework of the Politis Program of Civic Engagement at the University, Hellenic American University students are involved in many volunteer activities with Caritas including serving in the soup kitchen, helping with English and Greek language learning, and more tailored experiences through the University’s Psychology Department. Study abroad students have also had significant experiences serving meals, tutoring English and exchanging ideas and histories with individual refugees.