Public-service award winners announced

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David Kelbe

Steven Morse, assistant vice president of institute audit, compliance and advisement, is this year’s recipient of RIT’s Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award. David Kelbe, an imaging science doctoral candidate, will receive this year’s Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Service Award. Morse and Kelbe will be recognized at a ceremony at 4 p.m. March 20 in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union.

Morse ’86 (accounting) began his employment with the university in 2004. In the community, he has served 13 years as a member of the Rochester School for the Deaf Board of Directors and he volunteers for the Susan B. Anthony House, Shepherd Home, and the New York Museum of Transportation. On campus, Morse serves on the NTID Foundation Board, the PEPNet Northeast Advisory Board and the Saunders College of Business Accounting Advisory Board. He also volunteers for RIT K-12 preparatory programs and the Fund for RIT.

Kelbe ’10 ( imaging science) travels internationally to volunteer in various capacities. Most notably, he is affiliated with the St. Matthew’s Orphanage Center in Myanmar, where he has served as a teacher, mentor and financial supporter for more than two years. Locally, he volunteers at Dimitri House, a men’s emergency homeless shelter, and he works with refugee children at Mary’s Place. He also serves as a teaching assistant and mentor on the RIT campus.