Alamance Community College student Jennifer Furman has been selected for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement.
Furman is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each member school. The award recognizes students with a deep commitment to community involvement and ability to inspire peers. NC Campus Compact honored the recipients during a virtual awards ceremony on November 13, 2020.
As a second year student studying Horticulture Technology, Furman has been a positive role model to other students and a strong member of ACC’s National Collegiate Landscape Competition team. She exemplifies strong skills as a female in a predominantly male industry.
As a student worker, she manages ACC’s 47-acre farm and greenhouses, as well as trains and mentors other student workers. She also volunteers as a 4-H Group Leadership Assistant, at Peace Haven Farms, at Growing High Point, and helps with local election efforts.
Furman is also an instructor with the Career College Program, teaching students with varying disabilities horticulture industry skills that are needed to secure employment.
Dr. Elizabeth Riley, Department Head of Horticulture Technology and Agricultural Biotechnology, nominated Furman for the award. “Through her leadership on campus, she has influenced many students and worked with them to boost their confidence as they work on pursuing their degrees. This helps them to move forward into their selected career paths and provide a positive influence within our industry and community,” said Riley.
North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partner with communities for positive change, and strengthen democracy.