Eastern Florida State College Student Susan Slaton Honored for Campus, Community Work

By  //  September 15, 2018

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Slaton is grandmother and the first member of her family to attend college

Eastern Florida State College bachelor’s program student Susan Slaton, left, has won a prestigious state honor for her volunteer work on campus and in the community. (EFSC image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College bachelor’s program student Susan Slaton has won a prestigious state honor for her volunteer work on campus and in the community.

Slaton, a student assistant on the Cocoa Campus, is the recipient of the 2018 Florida Campus Compact Student Excellence in Service Award for the 28-member Florida College System.

A grandmother and the first member of her family to attend college, Slaton was cited for a wide range of work that benefited fellow students and residents of the Space Coast.

She has volunteered 900 hours with the college’s Service-Learning and Civic Engagement program, advising students and working with the college’s Rotaract Club to help disadvantaged youth.

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Her involvement with other civic organizations includes Brevard Children in Need, which helps 1,600 homeless children, Crosswinds Youth Services, Junior Achievement and United Way Brevard.

“For me, volunteering is a way of life, and an act of self-definition. I enjoy helping others in our community, but I also feel that it is part of my responsibility as a member of that community,” said Slaton.

“I learned more about diverse cultures and communities while exploring social issues and their causes, as well as how I can help address them locally and globally. By addressing public problems, my time was impactful in the community.”

Slaton was honored as a Service-Learning program Citizen Scholar when she received an Associate in Arts Degree from EFSC in 2016 and is now studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in business.

In 2017, she received another major statewide honor – the Florida Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is given to students for what the Compact calls their ability to inspire.

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