Shirley Phoung of Lynn is the recipient of the North Shore Community College Thomas Bourke Helping Hands Award. Phoung was recognized for her significant involvement in college activities and her willingness to always be of service to others. Phoung is enrolled in the college’s liberal arts program.
Pictured: Dr. Martha Brine, Dean of Retention and Student Success, presents Shirley with the Thomas Bourke Helping Hands Award.
Award nominator Vanessa Bates, TRiO Academic Counselor, called Phoung a fabulous program ambassador for the college’s TRiO program in spearheading, assisting, or initiating projects and participating in all types of college and community events. Her activities include, but are not limited to, the following: Lynn Woods Clean up; annual Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser; Welcome Back – Student Greeter; TRiO/Student Support Services Program Orientation Student Speaker; Presidential Search luncheon/Roundtable Events; Fall Fest; Leadership Ropes Course; Student/Faculty/Staff Basketball Game Pep-Squad; Fire Assistance Fundraiser & Memorial Fundraiser; assisted with the Jean Day Collection Clothing Drive for Upward Bound; TRiO Day Spokesperson 2013 and Presidential Reception panelist; Health Fair Volunteer and Operation Prom Dress & Tuxedo Collection for Boston Area Teens.
Phoung is also an Orientation Ambassador for the Student Support and Advising Center (SSAC) where she assists with check-ins and highlights important offices and programs when taking groups to the Orientation Rooms. She is also one of the student work-study hires in SSAC where she streamlines student traffic for the advisors, answers inquires, and supports the Center with general office duties.
“I truly find Shirley an inspiration and wished that there were more students like her. She is a GEM. Her instructors note that she is ‘that type’ of student that made them feel good about teaching. Her impact on TRiO, the College, and her family is tremendous,” said Bates.