Individual students and student-led organizations were given a spotlight for their work this past academic year.
During the 2022–2023 academic year, Adelphi students worked at a farm, helped veterans, volunteered at the Panther Pantry and, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, participated in Relay for Life. Students participating in clubs and organizations completed more than 5,272 hours of community service, and those in Greek life completed more than 8,000 hours.
The students and organizations were recognized by the Student Government Association and the Center for Student and Community Engagement (SCE) during the annual Brown and Gold Awards ceremony, held this year on May 9.
Kelsey D’Andrea, coordinator of civic engagement and leadership for SCE, commended Adelphi volunteers and on-campus organizations for their hard work this year, saying, “Our students have worked selflessly to support various efforts—in both our local and global community.”
Panthers Serve the Community
Relay for Life was brought back as an in-person event this year, and Adelphi raised more than $36,000 for the cancer research fundraiser. Roughly $20,000 was collected before the event even began.
Wayne Nichols, assistant director for Greek Life and Social Fellowship and Graduate Student Engagement, said the campus Greek community “raised over $40,000 dollars this year to support philanthropies such as the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, and the Trevor Project” and volunteered with Toys for Tots, Food Not Bombs, the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign and the Panther Pantry, among others.
“As a community, we put on over 250 events,” Nichols said. “Our membership in our organizations has truly impacted our lives and we are proud to be a part of this community that has accomplished so much and continues to improve each year.”
Additional organized efforts of philanthropy are seen in the work of the First-Year Community Action Program (FCAP), the Leadership Certificate Program, Gamma Beta Phi, and the Greek Life and Social Fellowship organizations within the Center for Student and Community Engagement.
Recognition at the Brown and Gold Awards
The Excellence in Philanthropy award was presented to the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award is given to the student organization that has fundraised and donated the most money to charity. Kevin Carratu, senior and vice president of administration of the Student Government Association, said, “This organization raised money as well as donated their time to the Hy Weinberg Center as well as raising money for the ASH Foundation and the Mungai Foundation.”
The Environmental Action Coalition received the Beyond Adelphi award. “This club has collaborated with a variety of organizations outside of Adelphi University,” said Carratu, “and has committed to incorporating at least one immediate action into their weekly meetings, which includes calling or messaging their local legislators about policy issues, letter writing and submitting public comments. This organization engages in truly meaningful community work and is committed to leaving impacts beyond just Adelphi.”