Today I have the honor of speaking about a phenomenal person who has done more service-learning than any student I’ve known at Chaminade.
Beyond the quantity, there is quality, too. It’s hard to even begin to explain all that Joseph Schriml has done to deserve this award.
I always go back to our professors – without them, we would have no Service-Learning. Several of them have been key in guiding and assessing Joe’s academically-based community work.
All the way from the British Virgin Islands, Dr. Peggy Friedman wrote:
“When I worked with him on the FAFSA Project with Kaimuki High, Joe was among the most dependable participants. He was a natural leader among the students—when a question arose, they would turn to him first, and he enthusiastically tried to help. In terms of his initiative and professionalism, I felt that Joe was more like a colleague than a student. He's a team player in the "family spirit" tradition.”
Professor Richard Kido helped formalize some of Joe’s leadership roles. As our Service-Learning projects were extended to Molokai, Joe served as one of the student supervisors who coordinated the successful implementation of FAFSA and Tax Prep Assistance on that island.
“Joe's passion for Service-Learning also showed when he began work to create a new and innovative Financial Literacy Service-Learning Project at Palolo Elementary.Although it’s still in its development phase, that project evidences the pervasive culture of Service-Learning that is developing at Chaminade. It has been entirely student-created, with Joe in an exemplary role.”
Professor Wayne Tanna engaged Joe in his first courses at Chaminade, all the way through his senior year. Wayne says, “Joe has both connected and demonstrated his academic abilities in his service- learning work.He has been proficient in helping the homeless and working poor with their taxes.He has passed IRS certification along the way, in order to prove that he has the ability to produce professional-level work.”
In 2005, Joe began doing service-learning as a volunteer tutor for Project SHINE. He has become instrumental in recruiting, supporting, and retaining other volunteers ever since. Using thes knowledge and experience, he also helped Aloha United Way’s “Family and Individual Self-Sufficiency Program” by developing a well-received recruitment and retention plan to help them grow their volunteer base.
Wayne Tanna says it well:
“Joe leads by example; Joe leads from a basis of intellectually developed abilities; and Joe leads from the heart.
Joe, I personally can not thank you enough for all that you have done. It’s students like you who help all of us to love our jobs."