Music & Memory volunteer wins Ball State community service award

A Music & Memory volunteer has been recognized by Ball State as one of the top student volunteers on campus.

Logan Vaughn, 21, vice president of Music & Memory, received the Community Engaged Student of the Year award Tuesday during an awards reception at the Student Center.

Vaughn, a junior, is a chemistry major from Pendleton, Ind.

According to the Office of Student Life, the award is given to “a student who is dedicated to helping others” and “who has made significant strides in bettering the quality of life in the Muncie community.”

“It’s a well-deserved award,” said Mike Gerhard, faculty advisor. “No matter what needs to get done Logan’s there to help.”

Gerhard said that Vaughn has a deep appreciation for the elderly.

“I love the fact that Logan tends to be drawn to the most difficult and problematic Alzheimer’s patients,” he said.  “Logan has a real gift for listening to the elderly and showing empathy.”

The nomination was made by Atalie Klumpp, Music & Memory president.

The aim of Music & Memory, a student service group, is to bring companionship and free personalized iPod music to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Submitted by Michael E. Gerhard, Associate Professor of Telecommunications