Published Friday, October 21st, 2011
Dr. Jason Karsky, professor of criminal justice at WSC, received the Great Plains Sociological Association Excellence in Service award at the association's 25th annual meeting.
Dr. Jason Karsky, professor of criminal justice at Wayne State College, received the Great Plains Sociological Association (GPSA) Excellence in Service award at the association's 25th annual meeting held Oct. 13-14, 2011, in Spearfish, S.D. The meetings attract sociology and criminal justice professionals primarily from Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.
Karsky was nominated for the award by prior and present Wayne State College Service-Learning (S-L) Coordinators Dr. Jean Karlen and Lisa Nelson. Nelson noted that Karsky is a long-standing member of the S-L Campus Advisory Committee and has completed seven S-L projects with students enrolled in his Emergency Management course, serving hundreds of community partners.
“I am humbled by this recognition knowing full well that I've had a bunch of support along the way,” Karsky said. “Being part of Service-Learning has profoundly changed the way I teach and interact with my students. I have included many students and community partners in my service endeavors, so I accept this honor on their behalf.”
Karsky has been involved with providing emergency response protocols for a variety of campus committees and programs, including Wayne State's Crisis Management Team. For years he served on Towards Responsible Use of Substances Today (TRUST) Coalition Committee, and was a co-founder of the Wildcat Wheels program (a safe-ride program for the campus and community).
“To say Jason's service to the area community and campus are well known and recognized would be an understatement,” Nelson said.
Karsky also models the ethic of service in the community, serving years as president on a local school board and assisting with Special Olympics and Wayne County Emergency Management. He is a past recipient of the Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award and past president of the Great Plains Sociological Association.