Mike DeCrosta wins Vice Provost Award for Service

Mike DeCrosta (BA Sociology, 2011) has been recognized for his "constructive, community-engaged approach to service" that is "both empowering, and powerful, and has long term potential to positively impact and shape the future of our local community." From leading the university's chapter of Engineers Without Borders to working with Broughal Middle School students on science programs, from planting community gardens to organizing students for community action in South Bethlehem, Mike has showed unflagging dedication over several years to helping his neighbors. In late 2014, he initiated a new venture, now known as "The Adams Street Project," to facilitate connections between the Lehigh campus and the SouthSide Business District, making the South Side a more common destination for Lehigh students.

At the awards ceremony this month, Mike was described as "a leader who understands how to listen, lead quietly, and stand up to power in a civil, well-prepared and thoughtful way. He works with others and not simply for them."

On April 29, Mike will speak on a panel as part of the Town Hall Lectures series by the South Side Initiative. The discussion is entitled "Responsible Development and the Future of South Bethlehem: Perspectives from the South Side Community."

On top of all this, Mike is expecting to complete his MA in Sociology at Lehigh in May. Congratulations, Mike!