Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement Awards Celebration

Every year, the Office for Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement honors graduating seniors, highlights outstanding undergraduate students, recognizes exceptional faculty and staff members, and shows appreciation for an extraordinary industry partner. The annual awards banquet gives us a chance to pause, reflect, and celebrate accomplishments and positive impact.  

2020 Award Recipients

On November 10, 2020 the office off Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement held a virtual celebration that celebrated the past and present of CEAS.

Two Pioneers in CEAS Henry T. Brown and Clark Beck passed away in 2020. Both became the first black students to earn degrees from the UC College of Engineering, Brown in chemical engineering and Beck in mechanical engineering in 1955.

Neither intended to be pioneers or the first black graduates but they rose to the occasion nevertheless, becoming advocates for civil rights, educational opportunity and professional equality. They served as community leaders in many realms, lighting a path for countless others after them, thus setting the foundation for inclusive excellence and community engagement in our college. We are profoundly grateful for their sacrifices and determination as they sowed the seeds of diversity and inclusion for CEAS.

The Outstanding Industry award was presented to Messer Construction. For the past 82 years, Messer has continued to support our students through our co-op program. In 2007 they established The Robert Dorsey Fund for the Future scholarship that has awarded numerous underrepresented minority students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. More than ever before, they are committed to working with the Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement office to create a pipeline of a diverse workforce through the Summer Bridge Program, the CPS Strong Program, and by being the construction company of choice for our engineers.

The following Bearcats were recognized for their outstanding commitment to Inclusive Excellence and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

  • Outstanding Freshman: Tia Current
  • Outstanding Sophomore: Matthew Adkins
  • Outstanding Pre-Junior: Troy Meadows
  • Outstanding Junior: Trey Potter
  • Community Engagement Award - Student: Cameron Wallace
  • Outstanding Staff: Corinne Cook
  • Outstanding Faculty: Dr. Daniel Waddell
  • Community Engagement Award – Staff: Dr. Rachel Chicchi
  • Outstanding Alumni: Shannon McKenzie
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Outstanding Freshman: Tia Current

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Outstanding Sophomore: Matthew Adkins

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Outsranding Pre-Junior: Troy Meadows

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Outstanding Junior: Trey Potter

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Outstanding Staff: Corinne Cook

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Outstanding Faculty: Daniel Waddell

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Community Engagement Award - Staff: Rachel Chicchi

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Outstanding Alumni: Shannon McKenzie

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Community Engagement Award - Student: Cameron Wallace

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