Gene Majka, assistant professor of nursing at Barry University, received a Community Engagement Educator of the Year award from Florida Campus Compact on November 8.
The award recognizes one outstanding individual in each of the three higher education sectors – state universities, state/community colleges, and independent colleges and universities – for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement by inspiring a vision for service on the campus and supporting faculty, students and/or campus–community partnerships.
Majka won the award for the independent sector. He was honored at Florida Campus Compact’s annual awards gala at the University of Tampa.
A nursing faculty member at Barry since September 2002, Majka teaches community, public health, and mental health nursing. He is an active member in many community organizations serving the homeless and migrant workers of South Florida.
Majka served on the task force that proposed the design for Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives, or CCSI. He currently serves also as community coordinator for the Division of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences.
Claudette Spalding, associate dean of the college and chair of the Division of Nursing, noted that each year, for 15 weeks, Majka supervises RN-BSN students in conducting health assessments of more than 600 migrant children and provides health screenings to parents and staff at six Redlands Christina Migrant Association Centers in Homestead and Florida City. He has organized more than 125 health education presentations in English, Spanish, and Creole on topics specific to the needs of migrant farm workers.
In attendance at the awards gala were CCSI staff members Glenn Bowen, Christina Leaño, and Tamala Lewis; students Kayla Kaufmann and David Zaret; and Ashli Van Horn, a Florida Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA member assigned to the De Porres Center for Community Service.
Composed of more than 50 college and university presidents, Florida Campus Compact advances the civic purposes of higher education institutions by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Center for Community Service Initiatives, http://www.barry.edu/service/
College of Health Sciences, http://www.barry.edu/chs/
Florida Campus Compact, http://www.floridacompact.org/