Carol Dwyer to receive the Levi L. Smith Civic Education Award

Dwyer,-CarolThe Onondaga Citizens League has named Carol Dwyer the 2014 recipient of the Levi L. Smith Civic Education Award.

This award honors an outstanding citizen or organization that has contributed to the field and practice of civic education in CNY. Recipients have demonstrated understanding of and commitment to citizen education and involvement in public affairs. The award’s namesake is the former Dean of University College and founder and former executive vice president of the Citizens League. For many years he exemplified good citizenship by putting time, thought and effort into strengthening civic education.

Director of the Community Benchmarks Program at the Maxwell School, Dwyer has taught a practicum in Benchmarking since 1998. Each semester, students in the class conduct research and produce a report of their findings for area nonprofits, educational institutions and local governments each semester. All the reports are posted on the CBP website at She also offers classes in Philanthropy and Policy, Politics & Society. She supports students enrolled in PAF 315: Community Link by assisting them in survey design and implementation for the numerous organizations to which they are assigned.

The luncheon will take place on Friday, June 6, at noon at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Online registration is available at or by calling the OCL office at 443-4846.

The keynote speaker for the event is David Holwerk of the Kettering Foundation. 05/19/14