Rob was notified by Stephanie Schooley, Executive Director of the Campus Compact of the Mountain West and she stated, "The Scholarship in Action Award recognizes a faculty member at a CCMW member institution whose employment of service learning pedagogy concretely impacted students’ comprehension of course material, enhanced students’ awareness and understanding of current social issues, and addressed a pressing community identified need. The committee unanimously agreed that Mr. Pyatt’s Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI) not only meets, but exceeds these criteria.

We believe that NASHI exemplifies the value of both interdisciplinary and community collaboration. Mr. Pyatt’s longstanding partnership with the Oglala Lakota tribal community embodies best practices for reciprocal community partnership and offers an outstanding model for institutions of higher education across the nation. We are truly delighted to be able to honor Mr. Pyatt and the NASHI program.

The 2014 Scholarship in Action Award will be presented to Mr. Pyatt on May 1, 2014 during CCMW’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and brunch from 9am – 12pm at the University of Denver. Invitations will be mailed out in the coming weeks. We hope to see CU Boulder strongly represented to help us celebrate Mr. Pyatt’s achievements and recognition."

The award was also highlighted in CU-Boulder's recent Outreach and Engagement Newsletter.