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Flagler College’s Proton U app a finalist for community partnership award

September 30, 2015 11:29 AM
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Flagler College is a finalist for a statewide community engagement award for the development of Proton U, an app created by recent Flagler College graduates to help kids undergoing proton therapy cancer treatment. The 2015 Florida Campus Compact Campus Community Partnership Award recognizes partnerships that have demonstrated a commitment to a community while enhancing students’ education.

"To be a finalist is a humbling experience,” Graphic Design Instructor Natalie Stephenson said. “I truly believe this was a mutually beneficial experience for our students and the (University of Florida Health) Proton Therapy Institute. So to have that work recognized by Florida Campus Compact is wonderful.”

From fall of last year through this spring, students in Stephenson’s Interactive Design course designed and developed, with the help of a Microsoft developer, the app as a learning tool for children embarking on weeks of cancer treatment.

Each year, Florida Campus Compact names winners or finalists for college projects that have demonstrated excellence through scholarship and community engagement. Awards are given out for categories including, for example, Student Excellence in Service, Engaged Scholarship Research and Community Engagement Educator. Five other colleges, in addition to Flagler, are up for the Campus Community Partnership Award: Pensacola State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of North Florida, Florida State University and St. Thomas University. Award finalists and winners will be recognized at Florida Campus Compact’s annual gala, on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton on Nov. 5.

Spring 2015 Flagler alums Leah Frye, Emily Holland, Michelle Linteris and Timothy Webster, along with Stephenson, plan to attend the event.

“I already feel so lucky to have just been involved in a project like this, and with a great group of designers,” said Frye, now a brand designer for an Orlando-based marketing agency. “But now we get to come together again as alumni to celebrate. We did this project never expecting any recognition. We just wanted to help. But now the community gets to hear about it and that's even better.”

For a complete list of award winners and finalists, visit here.

Florida Campus Compact is a network of college and university presidents and their institutions who affirm the value of reciprocal campus-community partnerships and engagement pedagogies as contributors to a quality education that yields civic minded career-ready graduates.