Two Westminster Employees Receive Living the Mission Awards 

4/11/2012 
Faculty & Staff 

Two employees of Westminster College received the Living the Mission Award for their work at the College and with the local community in a ceremony in the President’s Office April 4.

Cathi Harris
Cathi Harris (center) receives Living the Mission Award from Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe (left)  and Dr. Bob Hansen, Executive Director, Emerson Center for Leadership & Service (right).
Cathi Harris, Major Gift Coordinator for Institutional Advancement at Westminster, and Kat Barden, Head of Public Services for Reeves Library, were honored with this tribute which is sponsored by the President’s Office and the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service.

The awards were presented by Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe and Dr. Bob Hansen, Executive Director of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service in two separate ceremonies.

The award recognizes exemplary staff, faculty and students who lead “lives of success, significance and service” at the College and in the Fulton/Callaway community.

“We are very proud of the work Cathi and Kat do to live the Westminster mission every day,” says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe.  “They are both wonderful role models for our students and I am pleased to help honor them for the significant community service projects that have been completed under their leadership.”

Harris was honored for her work as outgoing President of the Callaway County United Way, Chair of the City of Fulton’s Human Rights Commission and her strong commitment to leadership and service at Westminster College.

The Callaway County United Way (CCUW) funds fourteen local agencies that provide over 200 programs and services to the county. 

In addition, CCUW sponsors four community impact initiatives:  2-1-1, a 24-hour phone service that provides information and referrals to health and human services; Born Learning, a program to provide valuable learning readiness activities to caregivers of children from birth to 5 years; FamilyWize, a prescription drug discount card for those without prescription insurance coverage; and a recycling program for cell phones, chargers, batteries and ink and toner print cartridges.

Kat Barden
Kat Barden (center) receives Living the Mission Award from Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe (left) and Dr. Bob Hansen, Executive Director, Emerson Center for Leadership & Service (right).
Barden was recognized for her work as the head of the Presidential Interfaith and  Community Service Initiative, which was initiated by President Obama in March 2011 to challenge over 270 colleges, community colleges,  universities and  theological schools to bring people with diverse religious backgrounds together on campus for a year of interfaith cooperation and community service programming.

Eight different Westminster campus offices and six different student groups have joined community collaborative partners such as the Fulton-Kibungo Partnership, Fulton First Presbyterian Church and the Fulton Public School system in integrating an interfaith dimension to Westminster’s culture of diversity and community service.

The keystone project of the Westminster initiative is the Youth in Rwanda Partnership which has brought the message of the value of diversity to local middle school students through 23 country projects and more than 24 speakers who met with over two hundred participants in four months.  Other projects have included a UN HRC Refugee simulation exercise and Lock In, 9-11 events, blessing bags for the homeless, an Interfaith Fair for International Week, an R&R Spirituality Space in Reeves Library, Ramadan hospitality and many other activities.