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The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa received the New Sponsor of the Year award from the NCCC AmeriCorps this past Thursday at the Winter Graduation Ceremony on the Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The award recognizes the unique role the C.H. Nash Museum played in coordinating collaborative projects between AmeriCorps Teams and community partners in Southwest Memphis.  The eight-week AmeriCorps Teams are housed at the C.H. Nash Museum and conduct service projects at Chucalissa, the Westwood Neighborhood, and T.O. Fuller State Park. 
Most recently, the ten members of the Delta 9 AmeriCorps Team spent August and September of 2012 performing service projects in Southwest Memphis.  The projects included correcting code violations at the residences of twenty elderly homeowners in the Westwood neighborhood, clearing 7 miles of trails and repairing picnic pavilions at T.O. Fuller State Park, and building a replica prehistoric house at Chucalissa.
In nominating the C.H. Nash Museum, AmeriCorps Delta 9 team member Megan Whelan wrote  “This sponsor worked very hard to share the use of this team with two other organizations in the community, and allowed us to complete their projects before working on the museum. This sponsor was passionate about National Service and the importance of this program in the broader context of benefiting a community.”
In presenting the award, April Bazzi, Assistant Program Director for the Southern Region Campus of NCCC noted that “New Sponsor of the Year is awarded to an organization that has gone above and beyond the expectations of NCCC, and for this reason,  C.H. Nash museum is extremely deserving of this recognition. They have fully engaged our NCCC members in the work by creating a diverse and enriching learning experience. C.H. Nash is a full supporter of national service and knows how to properly utilize AmeriCorps NCCC members as force multipliers. On behalf of the NCCC Southern Region campus, we congratulate you and look forward to the continued partnership!”
Administered through the University of Memphis, the C.H. Nash Museum also engages students in the AmeriCorps Team projects.  Mallory Bader, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology worked with the Team to develop a plan to assure that the code violation work in the Westwood Neighborhood would be maintained into the future.  University of Memphis Service on Saturday participants also worked with Team members during a special neighborhood cleanup on Make a Difference Day this past October 17th.
C.H. Nash Museum Director Robert P. Connolly said, “We are greatly honored to receive this award.  Our Museum’s mission includes being an asset and resource to our community.  The AmeriCorps Teams play a critical role in allowing all of our community agencies to carry out that mission.”
Attached photo caption: Robert Connolly (left) receives New Sponsor of the Year Award from April Bazzi, Assistant Program Director and Rich Smith, Deputy Region Director for Programming.
Contact Information:
Robert P. Connolly
1987 Indian Village Drive
Memphis TN  38109
901-604-3492 (cell) 901-785-3160 (office)