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DSU Honors 5 Individuals with Community Engagement Awards

April 1, 2015


Friday, April 17th, 2015

In conjunction with Utah Campus Compact, Dixie State University is bestowing five individuals with community engagement awards as part of an effort to promote a culture of giving and thank the recipients for their commitment to community service.

In line with Utah Campus Compact’s goal to foster responsible citizenship, the awards honor faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members for their dedication to service-learning, community engagement and campus-community partnerships and commitment to encouraging others to do likewise. Dixie State and Utah Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to getting students engaged in their communities, present the awards as a means to promote civic responsibility, service, collaboration, inclusiveness and flexibility.

A professor of business law and economics at Dixie State, Travis Seegmiller is being named the recipient of the Community Engaged Scholar award. Seegmiller is committed to helping Dixie State students collaborate with faculty and community mentors to enhance the local and global communities. As part of his experiential learning classes, Seegmiller has brought in CEOs from across the country to connect students to projects and experiences.

Tracey O’Kelly, the founder of both the Sustainability Club and the Sustainability Committee on campus, is being honored as the Community Engaged Staff Member at Dixie State. O’Kelly, who has worked at the university as a library paraprofessional for five years, is working on a bachelor’s degree in integrated studies with emphases in human communications and business.

Dixie State senior Megan Church is the recipient of the Community Engaged Student award. The student government vice president of service, Church has been instrumental in launching the DSU Service Center, is passionate about connecting Dixie State students with community partners and is dedicated to helping her peers have a greater service presence in the community. Church has overseen Dixie State’s 9/11 memorial service, a carnival that brought awareness to special needs, DSU’s first alternative spring break, and a food-packaging event in which students, staff and faculty packaged 50,000 meals.

This year’s Community Engaged Alum award is being bestowed to Vicki Reese Wilson. Wilson, who attended Dixie College on an art scholarship, completed her bachelor’s at the University of Utah and earned a MBA with an emphasis in health administration from the University of Colorado, is Intermountain Healthcare’s human recourses director for the southwest region. She has been instrumental in creating and maintaining a partnership between DSU and Intermountain Healthcare that meets the community’s need for safe and competent healthcare workers.

Dixie State University’s Committed Community Partner award is being given to Duane Dickey. In addition to teaching in the K-12 system, Dickey has helped create a relationship between the Washington County school system and Dixie State University. He is committed to creating socially mindful and engaged students who will make southern Utah a great place to live, learn and play for generations to come.

Dixie State University and Utah Campus Compact thank the award recipients for their contributions to not only the university, but also the community at large, and congratulate them for their achievements. For more information about the awards and Utah Campus Compact in general, visit