GORHAM, Maine – Samantha Allen, the head coach of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' women's basketball team and USM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) advisor, was one of nine recipients of the President's Award for Community Engagement.
Presented annually to University of Southern Maine faculty and staff, the President's Award for Community Engagement is given to members of the faculty (graduate and undergraduate) who demonstrate an abiding commitment to incorporating community-based learning practices in their courses, and to staff who advance USM's mutually beneficial relationships with community members and organizations, and construct student opportunities in the community.
As advisor to the USM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and as an instructor for the NCAA Champs Life Skills course, coach Samantha Allen has increased the depth and breadth of community-engagement and civic leadership in both disciplines in her two years as a full-time staff member.
Since taking over the advising role for SAAC, Allen has continued and improved the groups community-based projects including the Huskies' Community Halloween Party, Skate with the Huskies, and Holiday Caroling with local retirement communities and elementary schools. During the 2016-17 academic year, Allen's stewardship has led SAAC into a greater civic role with the creation of the Huskies' Unified Sports Program with Maine Special Olympics; the sponsorship, creation and publication of an Active Bystander Training presentation; and a newly created partnership with the USM Student Veterans Organization. With Allen's guidance and the hard work of the Huskies' SAAC members, the student-organization was recently presented with the USM Contribution to Community Service Award for the second consecutive year. READ MORE