A woman for others

Linda Seiter of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science wins the 2013 Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Service

The Curtis W. Miles Award recognizes faculty members who share their expertise with community groups and nonprofit agencies and make a significant contribution to the broader Cleveland community consistent with the University’s mission and goals. The Faculty Committee on Research, Service, and Faculty Development solicit nominations from JCU faculty, staff, administrators, and students and recommends candidates with support from the Center for Service and Social Action. The award is presented during John Carroll University’s Ignatian Heritage Week in recognition of the role of service in the University’s mission.

John Day presents Linda Seiter with the 2013 Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Service.

Working with US Together, a local refugee resettlement organization, Linda Seiter’s students taught refugees how to build an Access database, which is a marketable skill. Her students
have built websites for community partners who couldn’t afford to hire someone to do it. The Montefiore Senior Center, Light of Hearts Villa, the Thea Bowman Center, Fatima Family Center, Esperanza, Open Doors, and so many more have benefitted from Seiter’s commitment to engaging students in service through their coursework.

Saul Soriano ’11 wrote about his experience in Seiter’s courses: “She is unwavering in her support of her students; she is faithfully committed … the perfect candidate for this award … In the beginning of the semester, I did not have the zeal for community service in this field. Dr. Seiter constantly talked about the importance of the service experience for our benefit and those who can be inspired by what we do.”

Not only does Seiter engage her students in the community, her actions follow her words. Throughout the past several years, Seiter has generously given her time to offer workshops for:

• The Cleveland Chapter of Black Data Processing Associates
• High school teachers
• School children
• Teens
• Summer campers at University Settlement in Slavic Village
• Summer campers at John Carroll
• Refugees being resettled in Cleveland

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