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Student body earns congressional recognition for community service‌

Ian RobinsFor Ian Robins, '15, one of the perks of being president of the Associated Students of Whitworth University is receiving positive feedback about the students he serves and represents.

"Every time I go to an event in Spokane and introduce myself to others and tell them about my job, I hear nothing but great things about my peers," Robins says. "Business leaders, community organizers, Whitworth alumni, and other community members are always impressed about and proud of the work our students are doing in Spokane."

Whitworth students' commitment to community service was honored recently when U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers awarded the student body a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for its work to raise funds and package meals for those suffering from food insecurity, both in the Pacific Northwest and in Central America.

Robins accepted the certificate from Rep. McMorris Rodgers during the 2014 Spokane Philanthropy Awards ceremony. The annual event is a collaboration between the City of Spokane, Spokane County United Way, and the Empire Health Foundation to identify organizations and individuals who embody selflessness in their philanthropic work.

Whitworth students were recognized in the category of Outstanding Young Philanthropist for their efforts to support those struggling with hunger regionally and internationally. During the 2013-14 academic year, ASWU partnered with the local nonprofit Generation Alive to raise $150,000, and on a Saturday in May, more than 1,000 Whitworthians worked together to package over 600,000 meals, which were then distributed by Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest.

Robins, a health-science major, has worked in student leadership at Whitworth for four years, and is serving in his second year as president of ASWU. After graduating in May, he plans to work in a medical clinic to gain experience before applying to physician-assistant programs on the East Coast. But his deep involvement in ASWU throughout college may sway his career goals: "After working in student life and activities at Whitworth for four years, I have grown a passion for higher education and the development and experience of students during their time in college," Robins says. "We'll see what the future holds for me!"