Western Carolina University student Kaleb Ticknor is one of 17 students across the state to receive the 2012 Community Impact Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, the award recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.
A freshman, Ticknor is an active leader in WCU’s on-campus voter registration, education and engagement initiatives. He is chair of the Voter Initiative, collaborating with groups across campus including College Democrats, College Republicans, N.C. Public Interest Research Group and the Center for Service Learning. Ticknor coordinated a mock debate between College Republicans and Democrats, and he leads a committee to provide transportation to the polls throughout early voting and on Election Day. Ticknor is from Fayetteville.
The community service award is presented at North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual student conference. N.C. Campus Compact is an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement. Since 2002, the Compact has hosted a conference where student leaders learn and share strategies to address community issues.
This year’s event, held at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington on Monday, Nov. 3, brought together 125 students from 18 campuses. Keynote speaker Paul Loeb, author of “Soul of a Citizen,” presented the award. Ticknor also received a Certificate of Appreciation from N.C. Governor Bev Perdue.