OREM — Utah Valley State College honored several people and groups at the school's annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

Also, for the first time, the school gave a Community Partner of the Year award.

"We try and highlight people here at (Utah Valley) that have done an outstanding job incorporating service into their class, life and others' lives," said Melanie Sorensen, program coordinator for UVSC's volunteer and service learning center. "They are all nominated, which I feel gives greater meaning to the award than our department just choosing people."

The community-partner award went to Becky Miner, who helps the community with preschools, reading and tutoring programs and helps direct and open literacy centers in public and private schools, libraries and community centers.

The Service-Learning Faculty of the Year award went to DeWayne Erdmann, who teaches his students that giving back to the community is an essential part of being a builder. His students participate in the Sub Contractor for Santa each year and work with Habitat for Humanity.

The Student Volunteer of the Year award went to Yazmin Montero. She was the program director for the UVSC food drive this school year, in addition to her involvement in the Latinos Unidos Club on campus, which leads several service functions in the community.