A special education major, an assistant dean and the director of a local youth organization received McKendree University’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards at a celebration Jan. 18. The annual awards celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Reverend Dr. King. This year’s recipients have demonstrated care and compassion, understanding and tolerance, humanitarian principles and ideals, and participation in service programs.
Jennifer Miller of Highland is the assistant dean for student success, coordinator of University 101, and a constant source of support for student opportunities on campus. The 2004 McKendree graduate, who earned a master’s degree in education in 2007, she has always felt strongly about her campus community. Much of the work she does is behind the scenes, providing clothing and food to students in need or lending an ear to those needing someone to listen and care. She created a diversity curriculum for University 101 instructors and helped create a support system for students with disabilities.
“Jenny understands that in order to change a system, you must change as an individual,” said Shruti Desai, assistant vice president for student affairs.
Shaneise Tally, a sophomore from Cahokia, who is active in many campus and community organizations, and Hannah Howell, of Lebanon, who is president of Lebanon Kids Inc., an after school program, and served previously as its former program and summer camp director, were also award recipients.