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Karen Campbell Severin Book Award


 Karen Campbell Severin CSOM '80

The first mark of servanthood is the ability to put others ahead of yourself and personal desires. It is more than being willing to put your agenda on hold. It means intentionally being aware of your people’s needs, availability to help them, and able to accept their desires as important.

The above statement personified the late Karen Campbell Severin ’80. As an undergraduate in the Carroll School of Management, and later as an alumna, Karen gave unselfishly of her time to make a difference for others. Nowhere was that clearer than in the many roles she served: Board of Directors for the Boston College Alumni Association; BC Alumni Association 5-Year Strategic Planning Committee; Chair of the AHANA Chapter of the BC Alumni Association. Outside of Boston College, Karen was a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Rochester and was active in the Greater Boston YMCA.

As Chair of the AHANA Chapter of the BC Alumni Association, Karen not only met with fellow alumni, she also met with university administrators to advocate for the well-being of AHANA undergraduates. Karen’s efforts as a member of the Alumni Association mirrored her commitment and the contributions she made as an undergraduate at Boston College: she faithfully served as a servant leader in organizations such as the Black Student Forum, the NAACP and the Voices of Imani.

Premier among Karen’s qualities was her capacity to bring joy to others. Those who knew her attest that her warm smile and ability to listen and empathize lightened up difficult situations. The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center and the entire AHANA community have lost one of its strongest champions: our friend Karen Campbell Severin. Though no longer with us, Karen’s legacy lives on through an annual book award that will be given in her name. (Dr. Donald Brown)

Each fall and spring semester, the Karen Campbell Severin Book Award of $500 will be given to two undergraduate students who best exemplify Karen's legacy of giving unselfishly to the community. Applications will be reviewed by a committee overseen by the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center.

In order to apply for the Book Award, students must demonstrate financial need and submit the following:

  • Essay (2 to 3 pages, double-spaced): Applicants should highlight and articulate their experience in community service and volunteerism, e.g., their roles, responsibilities, challenges, successes, and rewards.
  • Statement of Financial Need: Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated financial need. Please explain your financial situation.
  • Resume: Please include your updated resume.
  • List of Itemized Expenditures: Applicants must itemize their anticipated book expenses, e.g., name and cost of the books, corresponding course numbers and instructor names.

Spring 2018

  • Naya Joseph
  • Minh Le

Fall 2017

  • Hyein Nam
  • Chantal Sanchez

Spring 2017

  • Paula Assou
  • Franchesca Araujo
  • Laura Demezieux
  • Ciarra Duffy
  • Sasha Nieves

Fall 2016

  • Chantal Sanchez
  • Pierre Leconte
  • Elaine Lee
  • Christina Agudelo

Spring 2016

  • Luis Torres
  • Sasha Nieves

Fall 2015

  • John Gabelus
  • Judy Kim

Spring 2015

  • Loic Assobmo
  • Julia Biango 

Fall 2014

  • Quinn Coughlin
  • Maria Vasquez

Spring 2014

  • Yanyi Weng
  • Ricardo Alberto

Fall 2013

  • Susanne Cho
  • Karlie Wong

Spring 2013

  • Lyz Alexandre
  • Ha Rim Kim

Fall 2012

  • Annie Jihyo Park
  • Kayla Mendoca

Spring 2011

  •  Mary Sheehy 
  •  Narinthohn Luangrath 

Fall 2010

  •  Clifton James 
  •  Grace Lee