May 21, 2012—Elizabeth Hasseld of East Jordan was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Global Studies Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
Hasseld is a senior double-majoring in global studies and political science. She is the daughter of Frank Hasseld and Lori Bolt and a graduate of East Jordan High School.
She has been working as an intern at World Relief in Aurora, a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency. She recently organized an event on campus that raised more than $500 for a local nonprofit counseling service that aids victims of sexual assault. After graduating from North Central in June, she hope to secure employment as an advocate for immigrants or refugees.
In 2011, Hasseld participated in the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference in Chicago. She volunteered to help CGI staff coordinate the two-day event. Participants included President Bill Clinton and leaders of education and business.
“I volunteered because I wanted to be part of an event focused on social change,” Hasseld said. “The things I heard and experienced solidified what I’ve been learning here at North Central. It was inspiring!”
Through her studies at North Central, Hasseld participated in the College’s Model United Nations activities. Also at North Central, Hasseld presented her research about the military use of drones, “Duty, Honor, Country and Robots,” at the College’s 2011 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. In spring 2010, she was among a group of students who traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., as part of a service project to assist at a center that serves adults with mental disabilities. She also competed with the school’s women’s lacrosse team.