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Katie Chittum Receives 2013 Community Service Award

Katie E. Chittum, a Bridgewater College senior, has received the Melissa D. Jett Community Service Award. The award, presented on May 7, at the annual awards convocation, recognizes outstanding leadership in community service at Bridgewater College.

The award is named in memory of Melissa D. Jett, who would have graduated with the Bridgewater College class of 1999. She died Jan. 15, 1997, as the result of a traffic accident on campus. During her life, Jett was dedicated to serving others. The award is presented to a “senior who has demonstrated consistent and exemplary leadership in community service while a student at Bridgewater College.”

For her award, Chittum received a gift card from the College Bookstore and her name will be added to a plaque in the Center for Cultural Engagement.

Chittum, a senior health and exercise science major, is the daughter of Marcia and Wayne Chittum II of Mount Crawford, Va.

“Katie exemplifies the civic responsibility and servant leadership that B.C. seeks to develop in its students,” said Dr. William Miracle, dean of students at the college.

Chittum suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) at the age of nine. Her parents turned to Still Meadows Enrichment Center and Camp, which caters to special needs individuals in the community and is located in Linville, Va.

Through Chittum’s experiences at Still Meadows, a seed was planted for her – first as a volunteer, then as camp director and currently as interim executive director.

Chittum puts in 35 to 50 paid hours per week along with countless volunteer hours.

Following graduation on Saturday, May 18, Chittum will continue serving as interim executive director of Still Meadows Enrichment Center and Camp.

Posted 5/28/13

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