Pres-Award Six Tufts undergraduate and seven graduate students last month received the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service, the tenth year the honors have been bestowed.

In congratulating this year’s recipients, President Lawrence S. Bacow said the awards provide “an opportunity to recognize the wonderful work of our students, who demonstrate daily what civic engagement means.”

Dean Deborah Kochevar, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in welcoming remarks, said, “At Tufts, public service is not just icing on the cake, it is part of the cake. These students do the wonderful work they do, not because it will look good on their resumes or because someone told them to. They do this work because they are passionate about public service and committed to helping others.”

The Presidential Award was established in 1999 by then President John DiBiaggio. All Tufts students are eligible for nomination.

Undergraduate student award recipients:

Jennifer Bokoff, a senior sociology major, who served as the Somerville director of the National Student Partnership, as well as chairperson of its National Student Advisory Board. She also was co-chair, of the Moral Voices Committee of Tufts Hillel, and assistant editor of Health and Human Rights Magazine.

Eleanor Heidkamp-Young, a senior majoring in international relations and a Tisch College Citizenship and Public Service Scholar, served as program coordinator for Tufts Campus Kitchen (now Tufts Community Kitchen), worked with ACCESS Boston to organize college access programs with Boston area schools, was the regional representative to Wisconsin for Tufts University. She also served on the Tisch College Scholars Budget Committee.

Lynn Jeudy, a senior child development major. Among other activities, she served as volunteer coordinator for Jumpstart, a peer leader at the African Center, a resident assistant, and founder of College Awareness Day. She also was president of the Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir.

Man-Suen “Jonathan” Moy, a senior majoring in Biology. As a Tisch Civic Engagement Fund recipient, led the Hepatitis B Initiative, which organized Hepatitis B education and outreach by providing free Hepatitis B screenings and vaccinations in Chinatown, Lynn and Malden. He also oversees Hepatitis B screening and vaccination at Sharewood Clinic in Malden, and recently was named the National Hepatitis B Co-Director for the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, making him the only undergraduate member of the board.

Kimberly Petko, a senior majoring in child development, was co-president of the Leonard Carmichael Society, a tutor with the Tufts Literacy Corps, a mentor with the Common Ground Program working with adolescent girls in Medford, and served a leadership role in the Leukemia Swim-a-thon.

Diego Villalobos, a first semester senior majoring in anthropology and a Tisch College Citizenship and Public Service Scholar, managed a youth summer program for the Somerville Arts Council, started a youth development and employment business with Centro Presente, and was a member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He also helped organize the Central American Peace Program.

Graduate student award recipients:

Kaitlyn Conroy, School of Engineering 2008, taught with and served on the executive board of the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP). Previously, she had initiated the weekend component of STOMP on Tufts campus as an undergraduate. As program manager, she has created a STOMP model that is already being used at seven other universities.

Julia S. Goldberg, masters in public health, School of Medicine 2008, helped organize Immigrant Women’s Health Fairs for the Somerville Community Corporation, served as Tufts liaison for the Immigrant Service Provider’s Group of Somerville, facilitated flu clinic for the Public Health Department of Somerville, acting as Spanish and Portuguese interpreter and translator, and was Education Committee Co-Chair of the Hillel Foundation.

Maria V. Mayoral, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 2008, was president of the Child Development Association, worked with the pediatric ambulatory surgery unit at Tufts Medical Center, served with the Women’s Center Campus Violence Prevention Program, and worked on a project designed to help pediatricians serve very young children with serious behavior problems.

Benjamin Mazzotta, Fletcher School 2008, where he served as director of the Graduate Writing Program, coordinated the Fletcher Ph.D. Student Group, and helped found the Tufts Chapter of Results International, a citizen lobby for international poverty alleviation and improved public health.

Allan Pang
, School of Dental Medicine 2008, was a Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow in which he engaged in dental outreach to homeless, high risk and runaway youth through Bridge Over Troubled Waters, participated in a mission trip to Ecuador to provide oral health care to the under-served population of Tierre Nueva, and volunteered with Smart Smiles in the Boston area.

Allison Quady, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 2008, as a Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow organized Tufts Day of Services with Barbara McGinnis House, a healthcare shelter and clinic in Jamaica Plain, and volunteered extensively with St. Francis House Next Step program.

Nadia Stegeman, School of Veterinary Medicine 2008, served as class president and organized 15% of the student body as emergency and disaster preparedness volunteers with support from the Tisch College Civic Engagement Fund. She also was community service chairperson for the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and served as the Massachusetts representative to the National Agricultural Animal/Animal Response Team Meeting.

Originally published May 2008