Roberts and Szablya receive Spirit of Community Awards

June 1, 2010

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Christina Roberts, assistant professor of English, and Steve Szablya, director of maintenance and operations in Facilities Services, were honored at the Center for Service and Community Engagement’s 6th Annual Spirit of Community Celebration on May 27.

In presenting the faculty award, Mako Fitts, assistant professor of sociology, praised Roberts for challenging students and faculty to get out of their comfort zones and explore social justice issues through community engagement.

Roberts said she was “consistently in awe of (the university’s) dedication to social justice,” adding it was a place where there is “no separation between head and heart.”

Fitts recognized Szablya as a driving force behind the university’s sustainable practices and as the founder of Professionals Without Boundaries (P.W.O.B.), a group of SU faculty, staff and students who undertake service trips throughout the world.

 “I am honored to be receiving the Spirit of the Community Award at Seattle University,” said Szablya. “Without a doubt SU is where community service and social justice is vital to the mission. Seattle University is the best place I’ve ever worked. It’s a privilege to be serving with this amazing community of people.”

Other recipients included students Jessie Forsythe, Hannah Hostetter and Jim Mezzera. The Community Partner Award was given to Sheely Mauck, MPA ’09, education director of the Rotary Boys & Girls Clubs in Seattle’s Central District. Mauck also delivered the keynote address.