Simpson senior honored by Iowa campus service association

In her time at Simpson, Marissa Belau completed at least 80 hours of service over the course of each academic year.
In her time at Simpson, Marissa Belau completed at least 80 hours of service over the course of each academic year. | File photo

Simpson College senior Marissa Belau recently received two honors from the Iowa Campus Compact (ICAP) -- an honorable mention for ICAP Member of the Year and a finalist designation for the Student Leadership Award-Network Choice.

ICAP is an association that brings college and university presidents from across Iowa together to promote engaged citizenship at their institutions. Belau’s nomination for the association’s awards comes in their third and most competitive year, with a record 39 nominations from 14 institutions.

“Those nominated represent an impressive breadth and depth of higher education and community partnerships, community-engaged scholarship, service-learning and community service,” ICAP Executive Director Emily Shields said.

In her time at Simpson, Belau completed at least 80 hours of service over the course of each academic year through the Wesley Service Scholar program, through which she also served as a small group reflection leader for three years. She took charge of the program for the last two years of her college career. Belau also coordinated the Service Fair and Poverty Simulation events on campus.

Belau plans to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California to earn a master’s degree in applied psychology, hoping to pursue a career in business psychology training for nonprofits.

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