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Service Awards Recognize Three for Upholding BC Commitments

Three fellows, who have contributed much of their life to the worldwide community, have received Berea College Service Awards.

The three recipients are Wayne Meisel, President of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Dr. Martha Pride, vice chair of the board of the Madison County Health Department, and Craig Williams, who was involved with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, an organization that won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Although each has a distinctly different background, they share a common mission to contribute to the community of Berea College and beyond.

Wayne Meisel has spent much of his time as a national leader in the area of student-led community service. He has supported scholarships for low-income students at 25 colleges in the Southern and the Midwestern United States. He also has spent his time visiting more than 70 campuses from Maine to Washington to campaign for student involvement in community service.

In his previous place of work, Meisel was involved in the establishment of Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), which served as a platform for students to lead their peers to serve others and bring about positive change. He also was active on the Commission for National and Community Service (later renamed the Corporation for National Service).

Dr. Martha Pride has worked to improve community health in Berea and in the world. She joined the Berea College Nursing Department in 1962 and has served as community member on the Berea Hospital Board of Directors. Currently, she is the vice chair of the Board of the Madison County Health Department.

Pride has been active in several organizations, including the Berea chapter of the Kiwanis Club and the Youth Services Committee. She received the Hixson Award for her contribution for the Kiwanis International Iodine Deficiency Program.

Craig Williams has played an active role in the protection of people and the environment from the consequences of war for more than 20 years. Williams has been active in the Chemical Weapons Working Group and the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, in which he has served as a leader to the community in opposing the incineration of chemical weapons at eight national sites, including the Madison County Bluegrass Army Depot.

Williams has also been an active member on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), an international humanitarian organization with a special interest in eliminating remaining land mines in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other countries. Throughout his leadership, Williams and the organization have given rise to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Berea College Service Awards are given annually to recognize persons who have rendered outstanding service to society while achieving the ideals of Berea College's Great Commitments. The nominations of the awards are accepted from general faculty members, board members, staff, alumni, and friends of the college.

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