Students demonstrate
community service

Six students were recipients of the 1996-97 Humanitarian Awards. They have each demonstrated honesty, integrity, responsibility and a sense of community, according to their peers and teachers. The awards also honor special acts of courage and friendship and the commitment of an unusual amount of time and energy in service to others.

Connie Shih, a senior, has volunteered at soup kitchens, staffed shelters and participated in community clean-ups as a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She also was an early member of a task force set up to work with administrators to improve facilities for the physically challenged.

A sophomore, Katie Moore is president of the newly formed Umbrella Group, a peer counseling service, a member of First Responder and a volunteer with the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center.

Lee Kramer chaired the Second Annual Holiday Dinner, a joint effort of three fraternities that collected 2,500 cans of food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. A senior, he founded the Chuck Hutchins Race for Life, a 6K run that raised $2,800 last year in honor of his brother's roommate, who died of leukemia.

An'del Kitchens, a senior, founded the Shepherd Program, an adopt-a-family program, and serves as a mentor and tutor for public school children. He spent his winter break visiting children in several burn units of Atlanta area hospitals and routinely participates in AIDS Walk, Hunger Walk and Hands On Atlanta projects.

Graduate student Aun Lor is one of the founders of the International Student Association for Health and Human Rights, a group that seeks to unite student groups and Emory and throughout the country to develop skills and experience in human rights issues. A Cambodian immigrant, he's become an activist in the fight against the devastating effects of land mines that impact thousands in developing countries each year.

Emily Tripp was honored with the Virgil Eady Award at Oxford College for extensive community service in 1995. She volunteers at several Atlanta area programs and spends her summers traveling around the world through her church or Emory's service-learning trips. A senior, she will graduate in May with joint bachelor's and master's degrees in English.

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