UNCP honors students for community service


If charity begins at home, community service does too.

In what has become a family tradition, Christelle Lebeau received the Outstanding Leadership Award at the annual Leadership and Service Opportunities Program (LSOP) awards ceremony on April 25 at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Her sister, Genevieve, won it last year.


Outstanding Leader – Christelle Lebeau, center, receives UNCP’s Outstanding Leadership Award. From left, are Mary McEntee and Melanie Clark of the Leadership and Service Opportunities Program.

“This is really great because I nominated my sister last year,” Lebeau said. “I did most of my work with kids at Southeastern Family Violence Center. I am an elementary education major, so it was a good experience.”

Lebeau, a junior from Canada, volunteered for three years at the shelter. She is a member of the University Honors College, Alpha Chi Honor Society and Sigma Delta Pi Spanish language honor society and a founding member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin service sorority. Lebeau also organized the University’s first LatinoFest.

Lebeau and 54 UNCP students received Distinguished Leader Awards for performing more than 50 hours of community service. Seventeen freshmen earned Horizon Leader awards for doing 30 hours of community service. Nine students won Leadership Fellows awards for 150 hours, and 15 were awarded $1,000 NC ACTS scholarships for 300 hours.

More than 900 LSOP participants at UNCP logged more than 12,000 volunteer hours during the year for a new University record, said Abdul Ghaffar, director of Student Activities. Ghaffar, who launched the program seven years ago, will leave the University in May.

“We started this program in 1999 with 52 students,” he said. “I thought our students should get the high quality leadership program they deserved. Today, LSOP is one of the finest leadership programs in North Carolina and the Southeast.”

“This is a student-driven program,” he said. “The growth of the program proves that our students are committed.”

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors praised the program and advocated the “persistence of service over a lifetime.”

“Being a good example for others is never a wasted effort, and serving your fellow man is an essential part of a complete life.” Chancellor Meadors said. “This is one of my favorite programs on campus.”

For more information about LSOP, please call the Office of Student Activities at 910.521.6207 or email melanie.clark@uncp.edu.

Here is a list of award winners:

Horizon Leaders

They are freshmen who have completed 30 hours of community service, 8 workshops and joined a campus club or organization this academic year.

Yetunde Akindahunsi
Bethanie Bean
Beullah Chanakira
Carolina Choi
Leila Davies
Angela Grant
Shahnee Haire
Kyle Jacumin
Alyssa Johnson
Katiuska Laureano
Britney Melvin
Raymond Pearson
Ramon Ruiz
Veronica Solares
Lisa Walters
Grace Yuscat

Distinguished Leaders

They are sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have completed 50 hours of community service, 8 workshops and joined a campus club or organization.

Obuba Agina-Obu
Scott Ammons
Toneysha Amos
Jessica Autry
Amy Avirett
Lindsay Bartholf
Broch Clinton
Tiffany Corley
Lyndsey Daniels
Adrian Davidian
Charlie Davis
Jeanetta Dunn
Salyna Dvorovy
Quinta Ellis
Samantha Garrison
Nicole Gillenwater
Tamikka Gilmore
Neil Guin
Angela Harding
Alica Hill
Tonya Hill
Amber Holland
Jennifer Howell
Louvenia Hunt
Tyleisha Hunt
Marvin Jacobs
Deborah James
Jether James
Joey Kirk
Michael Lavender
Christell Lebeau
Nakeshia Lewis
Gwynn Little
Debora Locklear
Robbie Locklear
Dominique Mack
Thomas Martin
Leila Mayer
Jamie McCall
Sandra McCallum
Justin McEntire
Shakila Melchior
Charlotte Monroe
Muysha Mutima
April Newhouse
Faidat Onikoyi
Jessica Ortiz
Vanessa Pettigrew
Barbara Richardson
Terri Rorke
Kristi Sinclair
Willie Slaughter
Brittany Taylor
Cedric Turner
Kelly Velez
Heather Walters
Joseph Warring
Enrico Warren
Lea Winfield
Don Woods

Leadership Fellows

They are seniors who have previously been recognized as Horizon Leaders or Distinguished Leaders. They have completed a cumulative total of 150 hours of community service, 8 workshops this academic year and have a membership in a campus club or organization.

Scott Ammons
Lindsay Bartholf
Broch Clinton
Jennifer Howell
NaKeshia Lewis
Jamie McCall
Melvin Roach
Kelly Velez
Heather Walters

NC-ACTS! Awards

Stands for North Carolina Activating Citizens Through Service. It is a grant funded program through the Corporation for National Community Service and operated by the North Carolina Campus Compact. The following award recipients have completed 300 hours of community service this academic year. They will receive a $1,000.00 educational award that is redeemable for up to seven years.

Aubrey Ardiente
Anna Bunn
Jeanetta Dunn
Heather Flanagin
Megan Grimsley
Amber Holland
Joey Kirk
Dorothy Mansfield
Dorothy Moore
Melisa Owen
Vanessa Pettigrew
Jessica Reid
Brittany Taylor
Kelly Velez
Don Woods