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Two CC Students, Colorado College Recognized for Community Involvement

Two CC students, Kathleen Carroll ’13 of Winnetka, Ill., and Brian Wray ’13 of Lakewood, Colo., were named Volunteers of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Colorado Springs (NAMI-CS). Additionally, Colorado College was selected as the Community Partner of the Year for its support of the organization and its efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Two CC Students, Colorado College Recognized for Community Involvement

Two CC students, Kathleen Carroll ’13 of Winnetka, Ill., and Brian Wray ’13 of Lakewood, Colo., were named Volunteers of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Colorado Springs (NAMI-CS). Additionally, Colorado College was selected as the Community Partner of the Year for its support of the organization and its efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues.

In selecting Carroll and Wray as the Volunteers of the Year, Lori Jarvis-Steinwert, the executive director of the organization, said “The students who've partnered with us as volunteers and interns are outstanding CC representatives. They're passionate about the impact of mental illness and overcoming stigma, and that passion translates into a dedication of time, talent, and creativity that's invaluable to NAMI.”

Carroll is a Creative Writing/English major and Education minor who has a post-graduation job lined up with Regroup Therapy, a company founded by CC alumni David Cohn ’02 and Seph Hall ’02. Regroup provides secure and professional online therapy via video-chat. Wray is a Creative Writing/English major and Film Studies minor who will be working this summer as an advertising and product marketing intern for Scuddle, a career-oriented social media website founded by CC alumni Michael Scheuer ’09 and Keir Myers ’10.

In announcing CC as the organization’s 2013 community partner, Jarvis-Steinwert said “Colorado College is a jewel in our own backyard. When CC’s faculty, staff, and students open their doors, minds, and hearts to a partnership, it can change the course of a small grassroots nonprofit, as NAMI-Colorado Springs discovered during the past year. We’ve worked hard to find our voice in the community, and CC has been on a parallel path when it comes to mental illness.

“They’ve opened up the lines of communication on campus about mental health challenges. Their commitment to the issue mirrors ours, and we’ve been honored by the financial support, the use of facilities, and the infusion of talent from CC students who seek us out for internships and work on special projects. We’re grateful to CC’s administration, faculty, staff – and to those incredible students.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Colorado College were Mike Edmonds, vice president of student life and dean of students, and Heather Horton, director of the Wellness Resource Center. Carroll and Wray also were present to accept their awards.