Wednesday was a proud day for several recipients of this year's Stone Soup Awards, given to individuals and organizations that promote engagement between UND and its community.
Announced by the UND Center for Community Engagement, award winners included multiple faculty and students at the university as well as the city of Cavalier, N.D., which was recognized as a community partner for hosting the center's annual Community Connect Forum earlier this year.
"It's fantastic," said Bryan McCoy, economic development and chamber director for the city of Cavalier, moments before the ceremony began. "It's a nice way to get our name out there and across the state. It's great that we're being recognized for all of our hard work."
Lana Rakow, director of the Center for Community Engagement, said the organization's role is to bring both parts of the area together. She said the awards' name comes from a fable about a community who came together to make "stone soup" and feed one another.
"We are really a catalyst and a link between faculty and students and the community," Rakow said. "And it isn't just service ... but it's really how does the academic program and the classes that students are in and the research faculty are doing, how does that connect with and improve the community."
Other award recipients included the Northstar Council, which received this year's Community Partner Award, and the Communication Program at UND, which received the Engaged Department Award.
UND family and community medicine associate professor Charles Christianson received the Faculty Service Learning award; theatre arts associate professor Gaye Burgess and biology associate professor Kathryn Yurkonis received the Outstanding Public Scholar awards.
Leigh Jeanotte, director of UND American Indian Student Services, won the Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award.
Students who won awards included Karl Bauer, who received the Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement Award. Hasanga Samaraweera and Rebecca Asp received the Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award.
Samaraweera and Asp, both medical students at UND, were recognized for founding the school's "Teddy Bear Clinic," which allows young children to bring in teddy bears for a check up.
"The whole idea is to get them more comfortable with health and medicine and learn about what they can be doing," Asp said.