CPCC second-year student Jonathan Huynh was recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement, at a special student conference at NC State University on Nov. 8. There, Huynh received the network’s Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each member school.
Huynh is one of 18 students across the state to receive the 2014 award, joining more than 200 college students honored by the organization since the award was first presented in 2006.
At CPCC, Huynh has worked to re-launch the school’s service club as the Rotaract club, building a partnership with Charlotte’s Rotary Club in the process. Huynh’s efforts to involve fellow students have doubled Rotaract’s membership on campus and resulted in new community service projects. In addition to his organizational leadership, Huynh connects his personal service to academic learning. As a Biology major with plans to become a veterinarian, Huynh volunteers during the summer and school year with the Carolina Raptor Center and the Humane Society of Charlotte. Huynh has also expanded student service through his work-study position in the Service-Learning department, where he connects others to meaningful community learning experiences.
CPCC Service-Learning Coordinator Jenn Marts says Huynh has, “a unique ability to not just lead, but to create excitement about service among his fellow students.”
North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to educating engaged citizens and strengthening communities. Guided by an executive board of presidents and chancellors, the Compact supports member schools through professional development and resources related to civic and community engagement. The Compact was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University.