Duke’s Office of Civic Engagement at Durham and Community Affairs has announced the winners of the 2020 Volunteer Service Awards for student and employee categories.
Duke Employee Community Service Award Recipient: Chris Hendricks
In appreciation of his years of tireless service in the community, Hendricks has received the 2020 Duke University Employee Community Service Award, which highlights the work of staff and faculty members who have performed truly outstanding volunteer service to the Durham community. Employees are nominated by the nonprofits and departments in which they serve and are selected by the Duke Community Service Center within Duke’s Office of Durham and Community Affairs. In honor of Hendricks’s outstanding service to the community, the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs is making a $200 donation to Reality Ministries.
Hendricks was nominated by Nathan McKinnis, the Managing Director of Recreation Programs in Duke Recreation and Physical Education. “It is truly his passion to serve and provide opportunities to people and populations who may not have access to the resources that he provides through outdoor adventure activities,” McKinnis said of Hendricks in his nomination. “He creates an inclusive environment that people of all ages and abilities feel welcomed and encouraged to accomplish things beyond their expectations.”
Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award Recipient: Victoria Bevard
Victoria Bevard’s strong belief in the importance of debate has motivated her to share that passion with students in local high schools. Bevard serves as the first president and chairman of the board of the Triangle Debate League and established the non-profit status of the organization. At Duke, she created the Duke Association of Debate Coaches to recruit and train college students to coach congressional debate in local high schools and has continued developing outreach programs for the Triangle Debate League. Additionally, Bevard integrated the Triangle Debate League into Duke’s Program in Education, offering debate coaching as an internship or educational service opportunity for students. She has also assisted students at other Triangle universities in their efforts to create similar organizations.
Bevard, a rising junior at Duke, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award for this outstanding work in the Durham community. Every year, this award is presented to a Duke student who has exhibited strong dedication to service at a Durham nonprofit or public school. The annual award is named after Lars Lyon, a mechanical engineering student who came to Duke in 1985 and volunteered with organizations such as Circle K International and Ronald McDonald House. Students are nominated for the award by Duke staff and faculty members, nonprofits, and public schools, and are selected by the Duke Community Service Center within the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs.
Bevard was nominated by Shawn Marie Nix, Co-Director of Speech and Debate at Cary Academy and Vice President of the Triangle Debate League. “Victoria is one of those rare leaders that recognizes and sincerely learns from those around her… She sees the value of learning to speak intelligently about issues of importance, of bringing the skills of advocacy to all students and of giving back to her community” Nix said of Bevard in a nomination letter.
To honor Bevard’s outstanding contributions to our community, she will receive a partial scholarship of $13,000 towards her Duke tuition for the 2020-21 academic year. This financial aid is funded by Lars Lyon’s family and friends to continue to promote Lyon’s commitment to volunteerism and community service.