RPCVs Bob and Nancy Sturtevant Receive Prestigious University Award
RPCVs Bob and Nancy Sturtevant (Hawassa, 2010–13) along with colleague, Paul Evangelista, received the Ram Pride Service Award at the Colorado State University (CSU) System Board of Governors meeting in May. The Ram Pride award recognizes “service above self” in upholding CSU’s land-grant mission and character. The award was presented by CSU President and System Chancellor Tony Frank, who noted in CSU’s website Source, “This award recognizes those who ensure the value we place on service is more than just rhetoric – who treat it as a high calling and commit to modeling excellence service in every interaction with students, alumni, parents, and the public.”
The award recognized Bob and Nancy and Paul’s efforts in conducting a book drive for Ethiopia’s Hawassa University starting in 2012 while they served as Volunteers, and for helping CSU form a strategic partnership and strong research relationships with the University. Although the University had built a new library, it was seriously deficient in books and research material. With prior experience with book drives, Bob and Nancy started to work on the project during their Peace Corps service and continued after returning home to Fort Collins.
“We actually went back to Ethiopia three times between July and September of last year to make sure all the correct paperwork was filled out and filed with Customs,” Bob told CSU’s Source. “When the boxes finally arrived at Hawassa after a long voyage and customs process, they were re-inventoried and sorted among the four college libraries.”
Bob retired from a long career with the Colorado State Forest Service but has now returned working with CSU part-time, and Nancy now works as a coordinator in CSU’s Office of International Programs.
The Journey of the Books
Volunteers from the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at CSU sorting, cataloging, stamping and boxing the books.
Books loaded in the container and ready for shipment to Ethiopia.
Books at the Hawassa University “main store” (comparable to our central receiving facility). Here the books were re-inventoried and then divided into which college library they would be sent.