Erin VanLaningham, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Program at Loras College, and Dr. Adib Kassas, a Loras College Community Partner, are winners of Iowa Campus Compact’s 2016 Engaged Campus awards for Emerging Innovation and Community Partnership respectively.
Within the last three years, VanLaningham has transformed the Honors program into a “citizen-scholar” model, focused on community impact and student learning. The program now directly links academic research with community-based learning. Currently, 15 faculty members mentor Loras College honors students.
Maggie Baker, coordinator of service learning at Loras College, nominated VanLaningham and Kassas for their respective awards.
Kassas, is a psychologist in Dubuque. In 2010, he helped form Dubuque’s Children of Abraham interfaith peace-building movement, a highly regarded community partnership that has received recognition for its impact on local, regional, and national levels.
This year, Iowa Campus Compact received a record number of nominations with 39 from 14 colleges and universities across the state.