2015 Elm-Ivy Awards winners honored at Yale for strengthening town-gown ties

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Yale University President Peter Salovey presented six individuals, the three undergraduate founders of an annual science event for city youth, and a graduate student-run community health education organization with Yale University Seton Elm-Ivy Awards at a campus ceremony on April 8.

For more than three decades, the annual awards have celebrated the deep roots of the New Haven-Yale partnership. The Elm-Ivy Awards honor people whose service strengthens the ties of the university and its hometown — a priority for New Haven and Yale for more than two decades.

The late Fenmore R. Seton ’38 and his wife, Phyllis, established the awards at Yale in 1979, to honor the often-unrecognized day-to-day efforts of committed “town and gown” citizens. Elm Awards are given to members of the New Haven community beyond Yale, and Ivy Awards are given to Yale faculty, staff, and students.

Elm Award were presented to three individuals this year: Dorsey Kendrick, president of Gateway Community College; Laura Pappano, founder of the New Haven Student Journalism Project; and Stacy Spell, a retired New Haven Police Department detective and community activist.

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