Cristen Cox Receives Presidents’ “Civic Engagement Steward” Award from Campus Compact

Cristen Cox, Department Chair for the Allied Health Division at South Central College (SCC), has received a Presidents’ Award from Minnesota Campus Compact. Cox received the award on April 16 at the Minnesota Campus Compact Summit and Awards Ceremony.

Minnesota Campus Compact includes 37 public and private colleges throughout the state, supporting the distinctive civic work of each campus, as well as opportunities for diverse institutions to learn from and with each other. The Presidents’ “Civic Engagement Steward” Award recognizes an individual or group who has significantly advanced their college’s distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

Cox was nominated for the award because of her partnership with the Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) Employee Health Services Department. SCC Medical Assisting students administer 3,000 – 4,000 flu shots to MCHS staff and providers annually. This ensures that MCHS staff are able to remain in their assigned departments providing care to patients.

“I am so impressed by Cristen’s accomplishments,” said SCC President Dr. Annette Parker. “She serves as an excellent role model for the college and her students.”

In addition to serving as Department Chair for Allied Health, Cox is SCC’s Medical Assisting Program Director. The program is offered at SCC’s North Mankato and Faribault campuses.