Community awards: May 28, 2012

Published: Monday, May. 28, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4B

Kudos to: CSUS students' choice as top administrator

Accomplishment: The independent California State Student Association voted Ed Mills as Administrator of the Year. He is Sacramento State's vice president for student affairs, enrollment and student support.

Details: Mills' many responsibilities include overseeing admissions and outreach, the financial aid office, the registrar's office, academic advising and the Student Athlete Resource Center. Still, it is a common sight to find students in his office who need individual help sorting out enrollment challenges.

Kudos to: Placer County treasurer-tax collector


Jenine Windeshausen, Placer County treasurer-tax collector, won a Sierra Business Council award for running mPOWER Placer.

Details: mPOWER Placer is a countywide program to promote more efficient use of water and energy, enabling businesses to reduce energy costs. The program finances energy efficiency and energy generation systems such as solar power for property owners with no upfront costs. The financed amount is added to the annual property tax bill until paid in full.

Kudos to: Teacher with fellowship in Holocaust studies


Kathy Carlisle, a visual artist teaching at St. Francis High School, was awarded a fellowship to study the Holocaust at the Memorial Library in New York City.

Details: Carlisle will join other teachers from around the country this summer. The program encourages teachers to think creatively about methods of teaching the Holocaust. Carlisle has produced several local student Holocaust exhibitions.

Kudos to: Davis High students for journalism award

Accomplishment: Students Daniel Tutt and Anna Sturla received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award.

Details: Tutt and Sturla won for their series on Latino issues, including stories on challenges faced by migrant students. The series also included an overview of their school's Latino students. They were able to conduct interviews in Spanish, with a tip of the hat to Spanish teachers who helped them reach fluency.

– Bill Lindelof,

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