University of Mississippi

Rosie Nelson Honored with Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence

The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS), in coordination with the Office of the Governor and First Lady Deborah Bryant, Honorary Chair of the MCVS Board of Commissioners, has announced the 2012 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) honorees.  Former Sociology graduate student, Rosie Nelson, will be honored with GIVE Award on April 16 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.  Rosie is currently serving from the University of Mississippi School of Engineering as one of eleven AmeriCorps VISTA members working to fight poverty through education with the North Mississippi VISTA Project at the University of Mississippi.

According to a press release from the University of Mississippi,

“… Rosie helps to develop service-related initiatives and provides support to faculty developing service-learning coursework. She has served over 800 hours as a VISTA member, working with faculty, staff, and students to develop a service-leadership organization for engineering students, as well as a small grant program that provides students with startup funds of up to $500 to create science and technology-related service projects within the local community. Her work in this capacity has unlimited potential for positively affecting Lafayette County, Oxford, and the University of Mississippi communities. Rosie has revived the University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, and serves as its chapter advisor. She assists other chapters throughout Mississippi and nearby states in developing their service programming. In addition to VISTA and Alpha Phi Omega, Rosie currently volunteers with the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Lafayette County 4-H.”

Congratulations, Rosie!  To read more about Rosie’s award, click here.