CPCC's Ariel Sturdivant Receives Statewide Community Impact Student Award

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CPCC's Ariel Sturdivant Receives Statewide Community Impact Student Award

Dr. Lisa Keyne, executive director of Compact; Ariel Sturdivant, CPCC student; and James Barnhill, founding director of N.C. Campus Compact and current assistant vice president for University Advancement at Elon University

Ariel Sturdivant, a student at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), recently received North Carolina Campus Compact’s Community Impact Student Award. Sturdivant was one of 19 college students across the state who received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus’ efforts to address local community needs. Awardees also received a Certificate of Appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Sturdivant, a sophomore at CPCC, was born and raised in Harrisburg, N.C., and graduated from Central Cabarrus High School. In addition to serving as treasurer and president for the CPCC Service Club, she is a CPCC Student Government Senator, Phi Theta Kappa member and mentor through the College’s Peer Mentoring Program. In the past, Sturdivant has served as a guest speaker at CPCC’s Service-Learning Recognition Ceremony and a Service-Learning panelist for the Early Childhood Education Faculty Institute, promoting the benefits of service-learning. She has completed more than 100 hours of service-learning by helping organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Crisis Assistance Ministries and Weddington Assisted Living. Next fall, she will transfer to a four-year university and continue her degree in psychology.

“When I first met Ariel, I could immediately tell that she was a passionate and caring young woman. One of her many strengths is her ability to act serious and approach sensitive subjects with sincerity, honesty and maturity,” said Cassie Moore, a Service-Learning coordinator for CPCC. “I think a lot of students see this in her, and respect her communications skills. She is able to have casual conversations with diverse groups of people and effectively talk to them about ways to help address community problems through service. Because of this, she is making CPCC, the city of Charlotte and its surrounding counties better.”

The awards were presented at the 19th NC Campus Compact Student Conference that brought together more than 200 college students and guests representing 26 North Carolina higher education institutions on November 12 at Wake Forest University. The Compact’s Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Keyne, presented the awards with Mr. John Barnhill, founding director of N.C. Campus Compact and current assistant vice president for University Advancement at Elon University.