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Soward named 2009 Harvill Citizen Award recipient

Graduating student Michael Soward has, what you might call, a giving personality. During his time at Austin Peay, while putting in late hours to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology, Soward consistently found time to volunteer and create programs that benefited the University and the community as a whole.
Graduating student Michael Soward has, what you might call, a giving personality. During his time at Austin Peay, while putting in late hours to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology, Soward consistently found time to volunteer and create programs that benefited the University and the community as a whole.

That's why he was presented with the school's esteemed Halbert Harvill Civitan Citizenship Award during a ceremony today. The award is given every year to a graduating student chosen by the faculty for having made an outstanding contribution to good citizenship during his or her college career. The award does not take into account scholastic achievement or athletic ability, focusing rather on students who unselfishly worked to better the community.

Soward has done just that during his time at APSU. Among his many achievements are the Eagles, a club he helped found to aid and support the children of soldiers and help provide them with emotional, psychological and financial support. The club will hopefully earn campus approval this fall.

He also developed a course to aid psychology students navigate successfully through the graduate school application process.

Aside from these programs, Soward also regularly volunteers at the Night at the Inn winter homeless shelter for men and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's TBI Clinic.

He does all this while attending APSU, where he conducted research on the prevention program effects on inner city adolescent risky sexual behaviors.

For more information on Soward or the Halbert Harvill Civitan Citizenship Award, please contact Charles Booth at 931-221-7597 or boothcw@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth