FAU Professors Honored with Medal from Freedoms Foundation for Civic Engagement Work
BOCA RATON, FL (October 3, 2008) – Dr. Eric Shaw, Florida Atlantic University marketing professor, on behalf of the Faculty Senate, and Dr. Ken Osgood, an associate professor of history at FAU, on behalf of the Alan B. Larkin Foundation for the American Presidency, recently received the George Washington Honor of Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. This medal is given for events which have made an impact on a local, regional or national level. These events promote the “American way of life” and an increase in the understanding of American heritage. The two professors are being recognized for their work and leadership during FAU’s “Join It! Civic Engagement Week,” which corresponded with the Republican Presidential Debates that took place at FAU in January.
“Some of the national news reporters told us that of all their coverage of debates held on college campuses, they had never seen so many events and so much involvement in the run-up to a presidential debate,” said Shaw. “It was an honor to be involved in organizing the massive effort of making it such a great success for the students, faculty and staff at FAU.”
Shaw and Osgood, along with Dr. David Williams, an associate professor of communications at FAU, helped to organize more than 24 seminars, workshops and other student activities, including Comedy Central’s “Indecision 2008” show and C-Span’s 2008 campaign bus visit, to promote civic engagement. The week sought to involve students and members of the community in the political process; facilitate and encourage voter registration; enhance student and community understanding of key issues related to the 2008 election; and nurture an appreciation of the broader electoral process. It also promoted a volunteer effort involving FAU students, faculty and staff from various university campus locations.
“Your work exemplified the essence of the National Awards by promoting an understanding and appreciation for our country’s rich heritage and unique freedoms,” wrote Michael E. Di Yeso, president and CEO of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, in a letter addressed to Shaw and Osgood. “Through a selection process based on quality and content, [you have been] chosen to become part of an historically prestigious group of American citizens that advance the American ideal.”
Founded in 1949, the Freedoms Foundation is a national, nonprofit, non-partisan, non-sectarian educational organization. The Freedoms Foundation provides a wide range of educational and awards programs for students, teachers and citizens to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the principles and responsibilities of a free and democratic society.