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  • A&S Students Recognized for Outstanding Service to the Community

    April 20, 2011

    All three students receiving Spirit of Community Awards are in the College of Arts and Sciences: Hajer Al-Faham (center), a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies; Rebecca Recinos (right), a junior majoring in Liberal Studies with a Psychology minor; and Maggie Wykowski (left), a senior majoring in Sociology. The students were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in service to the community at an awards ceremony on April 19. 

    Hajer Al-Faham, is currently president of both the Muslim Student Association and the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society.  She has been a volunteer at Everett Providence Medical Center Hospice, Mariner High School, Snohomish County Women-to-Women Program, and the King County Domestic Violence Unit.  As a first generation Iraqi and Shia Muslim American, she frequently speaks on issues relating to Islam and the Middle East with campus groups, including Campus Ministry, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Middle Eastern Law Students Association. She has presented at community events in collaboration with the Council on American Islamic Relations. Everett Community College, World Affairs Council, University of Washington Political Science Department, St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Ahmaddiyya Muslim Community, and Temple B’Nai Torah.

    Rebecca Recinos is a team leader for Jumpstart, SU’s program that pairs students with preschoolers from low-income families for supportive one-on-one relationships that build language, literacy, and social skills. In the last academic year, her efforts focused on Prospect Enrichment Preschool, 1919 E. Prospect St. Although a commitment of 300 hours is required of team leaders, she has volunteered for more than 400 hours. Last summer, Recinos served as a Shinnyo-en Summer Fellow, an SU program to increase a student’s capacity for community and campus leadership while discerning a vocational path. For her fellowship, she chose Childhaven, a leader in therapeutic child care dedicated to healing young children, birth to five years old, who are the victims of abuse and neglect. She continued volunteering during fall and winter quarters and this spring joined the staff as a part-time substitute therapeutic childcare worker.

    Maggie Wykowski is a member of the Seattle University Youth Initiative Student Leaders for the Common Good. After serving a fellowship with Puget Sound Sage, a local advocacy organization working to achieve economic prosperity for all by organizing faith communities, labor, and other stakeholders on pressing social justice issues, she joined the staff part-time. Last summer, she was a Fellow in the Center for Service and Community Engagement where she worked with the other student leaders to hone their leadership skills and with participants as they examined issues affecting some of Seattle’s most vulnerable residents.  During her junior year, she received a fellowship to work with the Seattle Times as part of the Center for Strategic Communications project on family homelessness.  She has been a mentor at the King County Youth Detention Facility and Co-President of OXFAM America at Seattle University.

     

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