Southeast Awards

The Southeast Council is excited to announce the return of two awards to be given on an annual basis at the regional conference: The Rebecca L. Carver ABC's Award and the Southeast Lifetime Service Award. Below is a brief description of each award and the nomination process. Please submit nominations to Regional Council Chair, Krista Bertelson, via email: [email protected].

Rebecca L. Carver ABC's Award
Rebecca Carver was a dedicated and passionate experiential educator. She lost her life to cancer at a very young age but her passion for experiential learning lives on in the students she inspired during her life. Rebecca's work introduced the concept of the ABC's of Experiential Education. Rebecca viewed inspiring Agency, Belonging, and Competence as critical dimensions of the work of experiential educators. In her words:
Agency - represents the developing of students' personal agency - allowing individuals to become more powerful change agents in their lives and communities; increasing individuals' recognition and appreciation of the extent to which the locus of control for their lives is within themselves, and enabling them to use this as a source of power to generate activity.

Belonging - refers to developing and maintaining a community in which individuals share a sense of belonging - see themselves as members with rights and responsibilities, power and vulnerability; and learn to act responsibly, considering the best interests of themselves, other individuals and the group as a whole.

Competence - refers to the development of individual competence in a wide variety of areas (cognitive, physical, musical, social, etc.). Developing competence means learning skills, acquiring knowledge and attaining the ability to apply what is learned.
The Rebecca L. Carver Award is presented to an individual who actively promotes Agency, Belonging and Competence through her/his work in Experiential Education.

Criteria:

  • Open to current AEE Southeast Region Individual Members or someone who is included under an Organizational Membership
  • Must have demonstrated meaningful experiential educational practices and commitment for at least three years prior to nomination
  • A member may not nominate themselves.

The Award:

  • A Rebecca L. Carver ABC Award Certificate of Recognition
  • $100 toward this or next year's Southeast Regional Conference
  • The recipient will be asked to speak about their work at the 2017 AEE Southeast Regional Conference.

Nomination Submission Process:

  • In your nomination include: name, relationship to the nominee, address, phone, email and best way to reach you (in case we need clarification.)
  • Tell us about the nominee: Include name of the nominee, address, phone and email.
  • Write a narrative that specifically demonstrates to the Awards Committee how the nominee meets the criteria. Use your own experience and provide specific examples. Encourage others, preferable AEE members, to submit original, supporting nominations.
  • Incomplete nominations may still be submitted; however, a complete narrative is stronger.

Past Recipients:
2010- LeeAnne Martin
2009- Marin Burton
2008- Trey Fouche and Lee Gillis

Southeast Lifetime Service Award
The Southeast Lifetime Service Award is presented to a member practitioner who has made a profound and lasting impact in the field of experiential education in the Southeast. This award is intended to honor those who have made experiential education a lifetime pursuit and passion. The recipient of the award is recognized to be an exemplary professional educator who has significantly contributed to the Southeast Region of AEE. Consistent commitment and support for the work of the region will be a clear trait shown by the recipient.

Criteria:

  • Open to current AEE Southeast Region Individual Members or someone who is included under an Organizational Membership
  • Must have developed, innovated, and maintained outstanding programming at consistently high standards for at least three years prior to nomination.
  • Must have demonstrated consistent commitment to and support for the work of AEE Southeast Region.
  • A member may not nominate themselves.

The Award:

  • A Lifetime Service Award plaque
  • $100 toward this or next year's Southeast Regional Conference
  • The recipient will be asked to speak about their work and involvement at the 2017 AEE Southeast Regional Conference.

Nomination Submission Process:

  • In your nomination include: name, relationship to the nominated organization, address, phone, email and best way to reach you (in case we need clarification.)
  • Tell us about the nominee: Include name, address, phone and email.
  • Write a narrative that specifically demonstrates to the Awards Committee how the nominee meets the criteria. Use your own experience and provide specific examples. Encourage others, preferable AEE members, to submit original, supporting nominations.
  • Incomplete nominations may still be submitted; however, a complete narrative is stronger.

Past Recipients:
2007 Inaugural Award Winner
Sandy Kohn, director of UNC Charlotte's Venture Program, was honored as the first recipient of the Southeast Lifetime Service Award. The award was presented at the 2007 Southeast Regional Conference at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.

Sandy served as the convener for the conference, which used the Outward Bound model to present an experienced-based conference. In addition to convening this conference, Sandy served on three other regional conference host committees and one international conference host committee. He has given more than 26 presentations at regional or international AEE conferences. He also served on the Southeast Regional Council from 1996-1999, as treasurer and chair. Sandy is active in the AEE accreditation program, helping Venture maintain accreditation as well as being an active reviewer.

The Southeast Council is proud to make Sandy the inaugural award winner of the Lifetime Service Award.