WCU student Matthew Chevalier wins Community Impact Award

Matthew Chevalier

Matthew Chevalier

Western Carolina University student Matthew Chevalier is among recipients across the state of the 2014 Community Impact Student Award.

Presented by North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement, the award annually recognizes student leaders from member schools who are making a difference in their respective communities.

Chevalier, a senior from Raleigh majoring in political science with minors in economics and international studies, is one of 18 students who will receive the award at the association’s student conference in Raleigh on Saturday, Nov. 8.

At WCU, he has been a participant and coordinator on four service-oriented alternative break trips and has trained other students to serve as trip leaders.

Chevalier also has played a pivotal role in the operations of the Jackson County Glean Team, which was founded at WCU, said Lane Perry, director of the WCU Center for Service Learning. The team’s volunteers help harvest surplus produce from local farmers and collect items from markets and donors to support organizations that fight hunger and food insecurity.

In addition, he has supported the WCU Center for Service Learning’s day of service events and completed an internship at the center in partnership with the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs.

Lane Perry, director of the Center for Service Learning, said Chevalier “has left a Catamount paw print” on the campus, Jackson County and on the people with whom he has worked.

“For Matt, service is not an activity, a motion or a project, but a way of life,” said Perry.

For more information, contact Perry at 828-227-2643 or laneperry@wcu.edu.