Roanoke College

Garst Honored for Work with Hillel

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SALEM, Va. —Stephanie Perler Garst, director of community programs and special events at Roanoke College, will receive the 2006 Robert D. Bradshaw Small Colleges Student Advocate Award in mid-June. Garst is being recognized for her work as advisor to Roanoke College’s chapter of Hillel, an organization devoted to Jewish campus life. The award will be presented by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators at the Region III Summer Symposium in Savannah, Ga.

Garst has served as the advisor to Roanoke’s chapter of Hillel since she arrived at the college in 2001. This year, she was recognized at Roanoke College with the Kenneth R. Garren Outstanding Staff Member award for promoting and encouraging diversity on campus.  In her role as director of community programs, Garst coordinated Hillel into college life by sponsoring the Southern Jewish Experience (a multi-day event with music, food, films, lectures, and art) and the Holocaust-themed performance “In the Puppeteer’s Wake.”  She previously served as the outreach coordinator for Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University.

NASPA, an organization of student affairs administrators in higher education, gives the Bradshaw award in honor of demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of small colleges, significant successful student advocacy and interaction with individual students and student groups and performance above and beyond the call of duty while serving multiple roles within the campus community. The award is named for Dr. Robert Bradshaw, a NASPA member who was vice president of student affairs at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.   

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.