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  • Tom Crane Service Award

    The annual Tom Crane Service Award recognizes volunteer and community service by a graduate student in the MA in Public Policy program at Monmouth University. The award was made possible by Joy Crane, a former department secretary for 31 years. This award commemorates her late husband, Tom Crane, who was a friend of the department and the University. Tom was heavily involved in service throughout his life, and this award honors students who demonstrate Tom's active commitment to local or global service projects.

    To be considered for each year's award, students must apply or be nominated during the spring semester. Eligible students include upcoming May graduates and recent graduates from August or December. Award recipients are announced during the spring semester at the graduate colloquium. They are recognized on a departmental plaque and are given a cash award of $1,000. If there is more than one winner in any particular year, the $1,000 is distributed equally among the recipients.

    These are recent recipients of the Tom Crane Service Award:

    2012: Chris Cavaiola


    Chris Cavaiola was the 2012 Tom Crane Award winner for his volunteer work for New Jersey Future, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies and environmental protection. Chris has spent hundreds of hours at the organization. In the fall, he starts Vermont Law School, which has the number-one ranked program in environmental law in the country and where he was awarded the Public Service Stewardship Scholarship for his work to improve the environment. Chris received the Tom Crane Award at the spring graduate program colloquium (An Evening with the Governor) and is pictured above with Ms. Joy Crane (second from right), her family members, Dr. Tom Lamatsch (last on right), and Governor Brendan Bern (seated).

    2011: Brian Thomas


    Brian Thomas received the Tom Crane Award in Spring 2011. Brian made a positive impact on the lives of young people through his work with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. After completing the graduate program, Brian secured a job as legislative assistant in the New Jersey Assembly. Brian received his award at an E-Government in New Jersey Awards Program, recognizing best practices in municipal Web sites. He is pictured here with Dr. Kathryn Kloby (left) and Ms. Joy Crane (right).