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Dedication to Service Wins Student Award for Ethics

Published: April 22, 2009
In her four years at The University of Tampa, Molly Murphy could easily have focused on her classes and waited until after graduation to volunteer. But for Murphy, service to the community does not wait.

For more than two years, Murphy has led a staff of 10 student workers in UT’s PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center, coordinating more than 50 community service projects per semester including the annual “Into the Streets” and “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.” And that is just the beginning.

Murphy recently received the 2009 Citigroup Student Ethics Award, presented by the Center for Ethics in UT’s John H. Sykes College of Business. 

The annual award recognizes an undergraduate student who exemplifies high ethical standards at the University, upholds social responsibility practices in the community and exhibits strong potential for professional success.

Murphy aims to dedicate her life to the service of others.

“I live by my values and I try to have other people see and practice what I preach,” Murphy said. “I do good things, but it all comes naturally for me.”

Murphy will be honored at a Citigroup luncheon April 23. She will be joined by Megan Frisque, UT’s assistant director of civic engagement, as well as members of the College of Business faculty.

Frisque, who nominated Murphy for the award, said Murphy makes ethical decisions on a daily basis as a student leader.

“I am most impressed by the students’ level of respect for her,” said Frisque. “I believe that Molly’s commitment to live her values is the reason why people listen to and appreciate her.”

Murphy has also acted as president of the Residence Hall Association, a position in which she serves 80 percent of the student body, and is a member of the campus Diversity Fellowship.

In the summer of 2007, Murphy attended the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service with the Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University. While in Washington D.C., she completed an internship with Martha’s Table Inc., developing lesson plans and activities for the National Cathedral Scholars Program.

“There are so many times when you can just say ‘I don’t want to do this,’ or ‘I don’t have time for this,’” she said. “As student leaders, we have to make those decisions about what’s more important.”

Murphy will graduate with Honors distinction in May with a degree in advertising and public relations and a minor in government and world affairs. She hopes to pursue a master’s in public administration with a goal of continuing her service as a leader of a nonprofit organization.