Social Work Professor Receives Community Service Award

Pam Cress Honored for Volunteerism

By: Rosa Jimenez

Pam Cress has taught at WWU since 1990.

Walla Walla community leaders celebrated the spirit of service by honoring several community members at the Nov. 30 awards banquet sponsored by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Pam Cress, dean of the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology, received the Walla Walla University Community Service Award.  For the chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet, each university and college in Walla Walla selects a faculty or staff member to honor.

As the dean of one of the largest academic programs on campus, Cress serves on numerous academic and university-related committees. Cress also volunteers her time and shares her expertise with several local organizations.  She is a member of the United Way Board, the Walla Walla County Unemployment Taskforce Group, the Domestic Violence Shelter Program, and the Walla Walla Rotary Club.  She also serves as a Walla Walla Housing Authority Board commissioner. 

“All distinctive leaders operate with a specific leadership point of view which defines who they are and how they seek to influence people and impact the world,” said award presenter Ken Rogers, WWU’s vice president for student life and mission. “Our celebrated honoree has modeled a consistent lifestyle of unselfish servant leadership.” 

Cress began teaching at WWU in 1990 as adjunct professor.  Since 2006, she has served as professor and dean of the School of Social Work and Sociology.

Nearly 300 people attended the awards banquet, which was held at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center. 

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