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Augustana professor named Volunteer of the Year

May  21, 2012

Augustana professor Dr. Ellen Hay has been voted Volunteer of the Year at Longfellow Liberal Arts School. Dr. Hay will be honored at a volunteer appreciation reception in the PepsiCo Recreation Center (1025 30th St.) on Monday, May 21, at 5 p.m.

At Longfellow, Dr. Hay works closely with students either listening to them read or doing math flash cards. She has been volunteering there since the late Dr. Michael Nolan first arranged the Adopt A School partnership with Augustana and Longfellow about ten years ago.

In recognition of Dr. Hay’s ongoing commitment to the school and the students, a brick inscribed with her name will be placed in Longfellow’s schoolyard.

“I don’t have kids at home anymore, so being with the children at Longfellow is really fun” said Dr. Hay. “I’m also so impressed by the staff at Longfellow. They set high expectations … but, they do so in a kind and caring way.”

Dr. Hay spends a lot of her time outside of Longfellow volunteering at the United Way after school reading program, the Race for the Cure and the Festival of Trees. She also enjoys looking for opportunities to develop local projects so that Augustana students can serve the Quad-Cities’ community.

Dr. Hay is a communication studies professor and has been with Augustana since 1989. Her expertise lies in communication assessment, civic engagement and service learning. Dr. Hay received her bachelor’s and master's degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and her doctorate from Iowa State University.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu