Impact Award: Christi Lones
20 Mar 2019
Impact Award, Talent
Christi Lones, an assistant professor of history at York College, has worked hard in her profession and as a volunteer – all the while building a bridge between the college and the community.
Each year, she coordinates learning activities for more than 300 York-area students with the York College Cultural Geography Fair. This educational event brings learning about food, clothing, language and fun facts from 12 counties (this past year included France, Qatar, South Korea, Lebanon, Egypt, St. Lucia, Panama, China, Iceland, Spain, Tanzania and Fiji) to local kids. The event helps kids foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for other cultures by broadening their world view. It is also mutually beneficial for Lones’ college students by being an opportunity to research, collaborate with other classmates and give back to the community. Those who nominated her for this award said “she embodies the spirit of servant-leadership in her professional and personal life and this event is one example of how he seeks unique ways to give back to the York community.”
She also serves as the York College volleyball team chaplain, dedicating her time to attending games and providing spiritual guidance to the team. The Lones family often hosts the team at their house as a way to kick off the season and to aid the team in bonding.
She also facilities volleyball student athlete visits to York Elementary School. Volunteer players have been at York Elementary, passing out slushies, leading small group activities and answering questions, and helping students before they depart for class field trips.
Lones also helped facilitate the elementary school’s very first “YES Night at YC,” which granted YES students, family and faculty free admission to a home volleyball game (including free popcorn). “This is one of the many bridges she working to build between York College and the people of York,” nominators said.
The Lones family also takes part in the Adopt-A-Student program through a local church. This program pairs students with a family in York to help them branch out and build relationships. Not only does her family “adopt” several students each year, they also host several other events to incorporate as many York College students into her family as possible. These events include “Tweet to Eat” challenges where Lones will post a trivia question on Twitter and the first student to answer is gifted with a seat at the Lones table during a family meal.
She also regularly volunteers for the East Hill Clothing Exchange and can be found sorting, hanging and folding clothes for hours on end.
“She embodies the goals and spirit of the York County Impact Award in every way possible,” said one person who nominated her. “She undoubtedly made my college experience a wholesome and rewarding one, and I’m confident she can be credited with doing that for countless other students and alumni. She truly encompasses the meaning of servant-leadership. She tirelessly works to intertwine the York College campus with the rest of the community and does so with projects that are mutually beneficial for both groups. She inspires change in a very hands-on way. She is never above any task and is willing to tackle any project that would bring good to anyone.”