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CIE Manager of Programs and Operations, Laura Brogdon-Primavera, wins the UNCW Staff Award for Excellence in Engagement

by Nikki Kroushl on March 14, 2018

Laura Brogdon-Primavera

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's Manager of Programs and Operations, Laura Brogdon-Primavera, won the UNCW Staff Award for Excellence in Engagement last Friday, March 9.

Presented by the UNCW Office of Community Engagement, the award recognizes a UNCW staff member who has partnered with the community of Wilmington for engaged and applied learning, scholarship, and community service. The award recipient makes significant contributions to the university's culture of engagement and strengthens its connections and partnerships with regional communities. It also recognizes outstanding collaborative work which creates partnerships and positively impacts the local community.

The Office of Community Engagement presented this award at a reception at the 12th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE), a March 8-10 event for which UNCW partnered with Missouri Western State University.

"[The award] has shown me six years of tireless work and dedication to this university haven't gone unnoticed," Brogdon-Primavera says. "What I am doing really does have an impact. For other people across campus to take the time to nominate you is a real energy booster."

Brogdon-Primavera received nominations for the award from departments across campus, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Cameron School of Business, and the Office of Facilities. Her work to engage the community is continuous, but some highlights of her programming efforts include work with Cucalorus CONNECT, Minority Enterprise Development Week, the Business Coalition, the NC fILM Forum, and the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, among others. This year, Brogdon-Primavera is also part of the cohort of women in the Wilma Leadership Institute.

"Every time we meet with the peer mentor group, there are problems they're having that I'm able to connect them with potential solutions," Brogdon-Primavera says. "It's another audience to further engage the CIE community with."

Brogdon-Primavera looks forward to several initiatives in the rest of 2018, including expanding the Youth Entrepreneurship Program from a week-long camp into a year-long opportunity to engage with middle and high schoolers about entrepreneurship. In the fall the CIE will host Startup Weekend, which connects UNCW students with students from Cape Fear Community College and community business owners and leaders.

"[We want to] really tear down the invisible brick wall that exists between UNCW and College Road into the community," Brogdon-Primavera says. "I'm excited to see what we're able to accomplish in the next year."

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