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KNOXVILLE — Two students at the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus and two students and a faculty member at Martin have won the state’s top award for community service in higher education.

Recipients of the 2002 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award, established in 1997 by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to honor the late Rep. Harold Love (D-Nashville), were recognized recently in a ceremony at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville.

The award and $1,000 cash goes annually to 10 students, faculty or staff at Tennessee colleges.

Winners are:
Juli Aube of Cookeville, Tenn., a senior in social work at Knoxville who volunteered at more than 20 social services agencies. She is a member of UT’s Team Vols and won the 2002 Outstanding Student Social Worker of the Year Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Stephen Ross Johnson of Maryville, a third-year UT law student who co-directed UT Pro Bono, which pairs students with attorneys to help indigent persons. He also founded the Tennessee Innocence Project, in which students work to prevent innocent persons from remaining in prison.

Rick Hatler of Martin, Tenn., director of public safety at UT’s Martin campus, whose work in Weakley County’s COMMUNITY (Cooperative Outreach: Mentoring, Motivating, Uplifting, Nurturing, and Inspiring Today’s Youth) program places more than 40 adult volunteers yearly in local schools to help at-risk children.

Martin students Amanda Lamberth, a senior in university studies, and Kristin West, a senior in communications, both of Gallatin, Tenn., whose marathon run in 1999 raised more than $9,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.