PSC Graduate Honored with Community Service Award

Cayla Wiegele

Left to right: PSC Trustee Dr. Kathleen Doyle, Cayla Wiegele, and PSC President Dr. Eric Radtke. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– As a community college student, Cayla Wiegele took the community part seriously.

She participated in numerous activities both on and off campus to better the lives of others. In recognition of her service to the community, Wiegele was recently honored with the Prairie State College (PSC) Dr. James H. Griffith Community Service award.

Given to a 2010 PSC graduate who has contributed in an extraordinary way to the community, the award is named after former Trustee Dr. James H. Griffith. Griffith served on the PSC Board of Trustees for 25 years.

“I like being involved in my community, and I seek out opportunities to help others,” said Wiegele. “Not only do I get a lot out of it, but so does my community.”

Wiegele supports her community by volunteering at the Beecher Public Library and at her church’s Sunday school program. She also volunteered at several fundraisers to benefit community organizations such as United Way, the Jones Center, and the Cancer Support Center.  In addition, she assists elderly neighbors.

In addition to the volunteering in her community, Wiegele was president of the college’s Student Government Association and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society. She coordinated several events for students to encourage school spirit.

“In my position, I have the opportunity to work very closely with the students, especially our student leaders,” said Helen Manley, coordinator of student life, who nominated Wiegele for the award. “It became clear very early on that she was taking her position very seriously, and she wanted to learn all she could, and do all she could.”

This fall, Wiegele will attend Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale and pursue the radiologic technology program. She plans to volunteer while a student at SIU.