UAB Honors College named Corporate Volunteer Partner of the Year by Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The UAB Honors College has been declared Corporate Volunteer Partner of the Year for exemplary service and contributions to the community by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Since 2014, the Honors College at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has maintained a long-standing volunteer presence at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, with 120 students volunteering in 2019 alone. Every year, students serve as collegiate volunteers during the Honors College’s New Student Retreat as well as additional Honors service events throughout the year. This serves as a gateway for students to serve in multiple capacities to the Gardens, which helps them create lifelong friends and supporters.

BBG-Awards(From left to right) Aubrey Johnson, Amy N. Atkisson and Dean Shannon Blanton, Ph.D. (Photo Credit: Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens) “We are deeply honored to receive such a tremendous recognition, which affirms that we are a making a difference in our community and living the values of UAB,” said Shannon L. Blanton, Ph.D., Dean of UAB’s Honors College and Professor in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration. “I am proud of the hard work and dedication that our students continuously put forth to excel in their academic studies and engage with our community,” said Blanton.

Every year, the Friends at Birmingham Botanical Gardens host the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to honor outstanding individuals who have provided exemplary commitment and service to the Gardens. Along with the Corporate Volunteer of the Year award, there were seven individual awards given to highlight the support and leadership of various initiatives including educational programming and fundraising.

“As it is often the case for a nonprofit organization such as ours, our vision and our mission are huge, and devoted volunteer partners like UAB Honors College help us accomplish great things, while also cultivating the next generation of volunteers who are passionate about our mission and about the Gardens,” said Tom Underwood, Executive Director of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

This year’s luncheon focused on the power of volunteer contributions and the community network of support that keeps the Gardens beautiful and accessible. Representatives from the UAB Honors College were present to accept the award including: Shannon L. Blanton, Ph.D., Dean of UAB’s Honors College and Professor in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration; Amy Atkisson, Director of Honors Advising and Retention/Global and Community Leadership Honors Program; and Aubrey Johnson, University Honors Program Neuroscience senior and President of the Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC).

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