Marquette Student Wins National Humanitarian Award
Senior Tim Kummer Honored by Campus Compact
Released: Oct. 11, 2006
Marquette University senior Tim Kummer has been selected as a winner of the 2006 Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award by Campus Contact, a national coalition of university presidents dedicated to fostering civic responsibility and community engagement. Kummer will be honored on October 16th in Chicago at the Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary Gala.
The Swearer Student Humanitarian Award recognizes five students each year for their outstanding public service and provides financial support toward their continued efforts to address societal needs. This year, recipients were chosen based on evidence of outstanding public service and creation of an innovative approach to addressing a social, educational, environmental, health, economic, or legal issue within a community. Each award includes a $1,500 contribution to support a service program designed or chosen by the student.
While at Marquette, Kummer has been active in community service in the Milwaukee area and around the world, tackling a wide range of social justice issues. During a trip to Kenya three summers ago, he witnessed the HIV/ AIDS pandemic first hand by helping nurses working with AIDS and assisting the staff at the St. Joseph Shelter of Hope. The trip ignited his passion to work tirelessly on HIV/ AIDS education and upon his return, he changed his major to nursing, so that he could actively participate in the health care of suffering people. Additionally, he co-founded the student organization Watumishi, a Kiswahili word meaning “people of service,” which is dedicated to promoting education and advocacy about the AIDS crisis in Africa. The group also works with people in the Milwaukee area affected by HIV/ AIDS.
His community service is not limited to HIV/ AIDS education. This past spring break, he led a group of 22 Marquette students to New Orleans to help with disaster relief work in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He is also a part of Noon Run, a weekly program serving the hungry and homeless around the Marquette area, as well as a musician and member of the Liturgical Choir, a Hunger Clean-Up team leader, an orientation student coordinator and a Marquette tour guide.
Kummer was also recognized by Marquette with the Pedro Arrupe Award for his dedication to community service. Nominated by faculty and staff, the Pedro Arrupe Award is presented annually to an outstanding junior who models the values and ideals of the former superior general of the Society of Jesus by living a life committed to serving the poor and leading others to explore the link between faith and justice.
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