UD's Ashley Doyle presented Nikki Woolf Award
UD senior Ashley Doyle accepts the 2009 Nikki Woolf Award from Dennis Woolf, Nikki's father.
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1:18 p.m., May 8, 2009----The Town & Gown Committee and the city of Newark recognized 27 University of Delaware students for volunteer service to the community during a ceremony held Monday evening, May 4, in the Perkins Student Center.

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The 2009 Nikki Woolf Award was presented to Ashley Doyle, a senior elementary/special education major from Warrington, Pa., for her work with UD Best Buddies. During her four years with Best Buddies, Doyle helped to expand the club from 45 to 70 members.

Best Buddies works to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing them with opportunities for one-to-one friendship.

Working with her officer corps, Doyle interviewed each student, matching them with an individual with a disability she felt that they could relate to.

Best Buddies leaders also worked with the Mary Campbell Center and the Community Based Education Alliance to plan up to three events each semester for the students to get together.

The Nikki Woolf Volunteer of the Year Award was begun in 1993 by Dennis and Patsy Woolf to honor the memory of their daughter, who was an active volunteer and student at the University of Delaware. She was killed in a tragic traffic accident on I-95.

The following UD student volunteers also were recognized at the May 4 ceremony:

Kyle McDonough, a senior communications and leadership major from Glen Rock, N.J., for her work as a mentor with the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club of Delaware.

Lauren Parkes, a fashion merchandising senior from Baltimore, for her work as a cheerleading coach with the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club since 2006 during which she traveled to many tournaments, including the Junior Olympics.

Jacquelyn Scott, a graduating master's student in health promotion from Ellicott City, Md., for her help in planning the 2008 Women's Wellness Expo, which hosted more than 600 women for health screenings, information and resources.

Kasey Ketterer, a junior English education major from Wilmington, for promoting events in the public arena to promote respect for human life, including the “Sign Waves” event on Main Street this spring to raise the level of awareness regarding the human life ethics debate.

Jeremiah Fargo, of Newark, a continuing education student, for volunteer efforts for the Delaware SPCA in walking dogs on a daily basis and fostering dogs at his private home.

Maria Fargo, a continuing education student from Newark, who also volunteers with the Delaware SPCA in walking dogs on a daily basis and fostering them at her private home.

Jennifer Lilley, a sophomore communications major from Wilmington, for volunteering with the Delaware Theatre Company during its 2008-09 season

Maura Fahy, a sophomore communications major from Wilmington, who served as a volunteer usher during the Delaware Theatre Company's 30th anniversary season.

Kristy Kassinger, a sophomore chemical engineering major from New Holland, Pa., for her volunteer efforts for the FISH (Fellowship in Serving the Hungry) Grocery Club, which partners with Lutheran community Services in providing food for people in need in the Newark area.

Alissa Kregling, a junior in the College of Health Sciences from Seymour, Conn., for her many volunteer efforts in behalf of the Food Bank of Delaware.

Jacqueline Aldridge, a doctoral level student from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for volunteering as a tutor in support of for the HHMI NUCLEUS science education program at UD.

Ray Garcia, a senior computer science and math major from Bear, for work with Love INC (In the Name of Christ), which included computer trouble shooting, as well as the seasonal installation and removal of its air conditioner.

Melinda Kaufman, a senior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources form Newark, for her work as a volunteer with Mom's House, of Wilmington.

Cassandra Gonce, a senior human services major, from Townsend, for volunteering with PAWS, working in the office and shadowing therapy teams on visits and taking part in basically every aspect of non-profit administration and management.

Stephanie Patterson, a senor psychology and women's studies major from Newark, for working with the public affairs department of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, where she posted blogs, campaigned at local polling places and staffed community events for the organization.

Rachael Wummer, a senior anthropology and women's studies major from Havertown, Pa., who for volunteering with Promoters of Wellness (POW!) in promoting a number of programs on the UD campus. Wummer is in the UD Honors Program and will be graduating with an Honors Degree.

Whitney Conroy, a senior in hotel, restaurant and institutional management, from Blairstown, N.J., for volunteering with the Special Events Office at Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

Kaitlyn Hajen, a freshman biology major from Wilmington, was honored for her work at Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, where she began serving as a volunteer during her senior year at Padua High School. Hajen helped families with chronically ill, seriously ill or injured children settle into a calm atmosphere after a long day at the hospital.

Andrew Christy, a senior women's studies major from Buffalo, was recognized for his work as a Sexual Offense Support volunteer and serving as president of the Men Against Rape Society and a member of the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee, which sponsors UD's annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.

Kevin Kemmerle, a junior health and physical education major from Dover, was recognized by the Sports Club for Children with Asperger Synfrome for volunteering as a teacher's aide during the spring semester. During his service, Kemmerle supervised instructors in providing the proper technique of sport skills and aided in lesson planning and also led lead large group instruction activities.

Samantha Blinder, a senior English business and technical writing major from Jericho, N.Y., was recognized by World Trade Center Delaware for providing press releases, fliers, and weekly e-mail newsletters during the fall 2008 semester.

Michael McGee, a junior foreign languages and literatures student from York, Pa., was recognized for providing country profile reports, outreach, communication suggestions and expansion of the online international trade library while interning with World Trade Center Delaware.

Jessica Novick, a senior international relations and Spanish major from Orange, Conn., for grants research, marketing assistance and reports and country profiles researched and compiled for the online library with World Trade Center Delaware. Novick is in the UD Honors Program and will be graduating with an Honors Degree.

Nicole Paladino, a senior business administration major from Pittsburgh, for marketing and communications intern activities that included trade research, compilations of weekly e-newsletters, event fliers, and press releases.

Kate Walker, a junior political science major from St. Petersburg, Russia, and Newark, for trade research and country profiles and research and compilation for World Trade Center Delaware. She is in the UD Honors Program.

David Young, a senior business management major from Ossining, N.Y., for marketing marketing reports, management of new mobility efforts on social networking site, member company profiles and trade research for World Trade Center Delaware.

Article by Jerry Rhodes
Photo by Duane Perry