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Communication Major Lauryn Alyson Johnson is Kaufman Prize Winner for 2009-10

Lauryn Alyson Johnson, a communication major from Reston, Va., whose college career was punctuated by a host of volunteer activities, is this year's winner of the Kaufman Prize at Old Dominion University.

The $10,000 award is presented to a graduating senior "who has exerted an exceptional and constructive influence on the university, its students or the community by demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership and service." Landmark Communications established the award to honor Charles L. Kaufman.

Johnson was the President of T.R.U.S.T, recognized as ODU's community service organization of the year. Johnson worked on several projects with T.R.U.S.T., traveling to Chicago and Jacksonville to assist the homeless and at-risk youth, and co-chaired event to raise money for a scholarship fund for first generation college-bound high school students from the Hampton Roads area.

Johnson was also the student representative on ODU's Board of Visitors, campus life chair with the Student Government Association, a community service intern for the Center for Service and Civic Engagment, coordinator of the Monarch 2 Monarch mentorship program, and coordinator of Blue Goes Green Week, ODU's annual celebration of sustainable living.

Johnson is going on to do her master's degree in community development and action from Vanderbilt University.

Johnson cited Tami Park-Farinholt of the Center for Service & Civic Engagement as her most inspirational staff or faculty member.

"She has not only served as wonderful supervisor but she is my role model, confidante, and friend. She is very passionate about service and knows the importance of being involved in your community, which is evident through her actions," Johnson said.

Ultimately, Johnson hopes to work in the non-profit sector, "working towards the betterment of our society and its people."

This article was posted on: May 7, 2010

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