Three BSW students receive the Plater Medallion Award

Three Bachelor of Social Work students have received the 2011 William Plater Civic Engagement Medallion Award.

The students receiving the awards were Megan Blaising, Margaret Gleason and Jennifer McGann. Gleason is also a back-to-back Top 100 student at IUPUI, receiving the award in 2010 and 2011.

The Plater Medallion was established to distinguish graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities, exhibited personal and academic growth, high levels of integrity, and significant community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences during their college years. The award is named for Dr. William Plater, who served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties from 1988 to 2006 and was a strong advocate of civic engagement throughout his career.

Blaising was selected for the award because she has shown “great dedication working with youth in the Indianapolis community,” the awards committee said. “She has demonstrated her dedication by serving a variety of organizations including the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Christamore House, and the Oaks Academy. For three years, Megan participated in the Peace in the Streets initiative and worked with families and friends of homicide victims where her work has been instrumental in advocating for safer streets and a safer city for us all.”

Gleason, the awards committee noted, “completed two practicum experiences at Warren Central High School working with the school attendance personnel and the juvenile court system.” She also worked with the “Backpack Jam” that provided backpacks and food to homeless teens each weekend. “Since 2003, Margaret has worked with the Life Transitions program coordinating after school programs, organizing recognition dinners, and assisting in obtaining donations. She runs a food pantry called Manna Ministries out of her home that allows her to deliver food to families in need located in and around Indianapolis seven days a week.”

McGann was praised for her “qualitative and quantitative research in an east-side Indianapolis neighborhood with a strong focus on community building. As a researcher with United Senior Action, Jennifer conducted research that ultimately led to the creation and management of a database of over 500 nursing homes in the state of Indiana. Her experiences working with clients with felony convictions or charges and a collaborative course with the Indiana Women’s Prison composed of incarcerated and non-incarcerated students influenced Jennifer to continue her education at Northeastern University Law School in Boston, MA. ”

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