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Da Vinci Science Center Presents 2013 Vitruvian Volunteer Awards

The Da Vinci Science Center presented its 2012-2013 Vitruvian Volunteer Awards to Janet Seagreaves of Macungie, Pa., and to Bob Bartkowiak of Allentown, Pa., Tuesday evening during the Center’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

The Vitruvian Volunteer Award is the highest honor that is given to a Da Vinci Science Center volunteer. Named after Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man image, the award recognizes the ideal volunteer’s balance of enthusiasm, inspiration, and commitment to bringing science to life and lives to science.

Da Vinci Science Center volunteers are as young at 14 years old and as young-at-heart as people in their eighties. Volunteers serve as exhibit floor facilitators, staff assistants, and facility and exhibit technicians. The nonprofit Da Vinci Science Center has more than 150 active volunteers who provide more than 6,000 hours of service annually.

Seagreaves has volunteered as a Da Vinci Science Center staff assistant for five years. She has worked with the Center’s advancement, marketing, and membership personnel. While the Center experienced numerous membership staff transitions in the past twelve months, she worked tirelessly and invaluably to maintain service for more approximately 1,500 member households. Seagreaves also has been a friendly and popular part of the Center’s Seniors Monday Workshops for three years.

Bartkowiak is a Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley campus who has volunteered on the Da Vinci Science Center’s exhibit floor for five years. Bartkowiak also has presented special programs for visitors, including a presentation on the physics of model trains. While science knowledge is not required for Da Vinci Science Center visitors, Bartkowiak’s knowledge and teaching skills have been a strong asset when school groups make field trips to the Center.

The Da Vinci Science Center also presented one-year and five-year service pins to volunteers Tuesday night in recognition of their service milestones.

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