EXL Center Awards

Ceremony program: See the event details and the award descriptions

About the recipients: See details about the award recipients and why they were chosen

2019 Award Recipients

Administrative Champion
Dr. Maria A. Zanetta


Community Champion
CADA - The Center for Applied Drama and Autism (Wendy Duke and Laura Velendza)


Faculty-Community Partner
Lost Voices of the Great War Film Partnership (Vic Fleischer, Kevin Kern, Kathleen Endres, Jamie Newhall, and Toivo Motter)


Faculty Champions
Dr. Evi Gorogianni and Dr. Mira Mohsini


Spirit of Experiential Learning
The Interdisciplinary Symposium (Scott Swiatek and Matt Williamson)


Staff Champion
Dr. Jodi Kearns


Student Community Partnerships
PCC Airfoils & Zips to Industry; Akron Community Foundation & Zachary Eldred


Student Champion
Megan Delong

Faculty, staff, and student team that created the Interdisciplinary Symposium and recipients of Spirit of Experiential Learning Award

Spirit of Experiential Learning Award recipients are the faculty, staff, and student team that created the highly successful Interdisciplinary Symposium.

Student-Community Partnership Award recipients Chris Miller-Akron Community Foundation and UA student Zachary Eldred

Student-Community Partnership Award recipients Chris Miller, left of the Akron Community Foundation (ACF) and Zachary Eldred, middle UA student intern at On the Table Greater Akron – a program under ACF.

Staff and students from the Zips to Industry program in the College of Engineering along with representatives from their community partner, PCC Airfoils, LLC.

Student-Community Partnership Award recipients UA staff and students from the College of Engineering, Zips to Industry program, and representatives from their community partner, PCC Airfoils.


2018 Faculty Fellowship Award

Dr. Heather Braun headshotDr. Heather Braun

EX[L] Center's first Faculty Fellow, Dr. Heather Braun will research design thinking methodologies at Stanford University's d.school and develop ways to apply this hands-on, empathy-based approach to collaborative problem-solving in UA classes and internships with local organizations. As a Stanford Affiliate for the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Braun will acquire resources and build connections with innovative educators around Silicon Valley engaged with the evolving fields that grow from a design thinking foundation. Her goal is to share these current ideas with UA faculty and students, Akron-area organizations and non-profits, and community leaders interested in applying design thinking tactics. Dr. Braun will bring these ideas and connections back to UA in a series of informal interactions and one in-progress presentation across this academic year and will share her work more formally in Fall 2019.