Jefferson Awards for Public Service

2013 Recipients

2013 Annual Champion : Jordan Keefe

 2013 Annual Jefferson Award Champion Jordan Keefe with Vice President of External Affairs Larry Burns

Jordan Keefe created a nonprofit called Save the Feet to collect shoes for people in Haiti. He was inspired to do this after he went to Haiti for a learning through service course at UT. Read more or Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Robert RudolphDr. Robert Rudolph - January

Dr. Robert Rudolph, professor emeritus of UT's Department of English, volunteers his time with the National Alliance for Mental Illness and his church. He is better known as "Dr. Bob." Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Emily HardcastleEmily Hardcastle - February

Aside from raising money with the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Emily Hardcastle volunteers all over Toledo with food banks, Special Olympics, the Girl Scouts and more. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Patrick LawrenceDr. Patrick Lawrence - March

Dr. Patrick Lawrence, chair of the Department of Geography and Planning at UT, dedicates his free time to improving the environment throughout Toledo. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Denise Oancea
Denise Oancea - April

Denise Oancea, an instructor of nursing at UT, has organized several mission trips with students to Nicaragua — the largest but poorest country in Central America. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Anna McCune receives her plaque from President Lloyd JacobsAnna McCune - May

A member of Circle K International, Anna McCune has put forth hundreds of hours of service and raised hundreds of dollars for the organization, all while going to school for pharmacy. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Carter Bayer receives his plaque from President Lloyd JacobsCarter Bayer - June

Carter Bayer is a dedicated supporter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and helped plan, recruit and gain sponsors for a Take Steps Walk that raised more than $50,000. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Yelena Zhernovskiy
Yelena Zhernovskiy - July

Yelena Zhernovskiy is a bioengineering student at The University of Toledo who is a part of UT Hillel and spends her spare time tutoring and volunteering for Community Care Clinics. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Jordan KeefeJordan Keefe - August

Inspired after completing the Learning Through Service course at UT, Jordan Keefe helped collect more than 2,000 shoes for those in need through his nonprofit Save The Feet. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Jeanine Diller with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsDr. Jeanine Diller - September

As Director of the Center for Religious Understanding, Dr. Jeanine Diller promotes tolerance, understanding and service by helping inner-city students at an after-school program. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Drew O'DonnellAndrew O'Donnel - October

Andrew O'Donnell uses his campus involvement to get other students active in community service initiatives like Bridge Club, Big Event, Tent City, Food For Thought and more. Watch video

Cindy ReinselCindy Reinsel - November

Cindy Reinsel is director and founder of Toledo's PET Bull Project, which seeks to prevent animal cruelty and fighting and teaches at-risk youth responsible pet ownership. Watch video

Hannah KonnaganHannah Konnagan - December

Hannah Konnagan never hesitates to help others. She is vice president of Circle K at UT, volunteers for Food For Thought, volunteers at local animal shelters and more. Read more


Last Updated: 6/26/15