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Wefenstette '07 to receive Young Alumnus Award

08/31/2017
MONMOUTH, Ill. – The recipient of this year’s Monmouth College Young Alumnus Award has utilized her Monmouth education in many ways to make the world a better place.

Kelli Wefenstette ’07 will be among those honored Nov. 3 at the College’s Alumni Impact Awards, part of Homecoming weekend festivities.

After graduating from Monmouth, Wefenstette completed a master’s degree in social justice and community development from Loyola (Ill.) University. She worked in various capacities as a freelance community organizer and, after a few years working at Six Corners, a community development organization in Chicago, was named its executive director.

Wefenstette combines a savvy, entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to community building, and the success of her work in revitalizing her neighborhood was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune.

Wefenstette also founded and served as the director for the Urban Folk Circuit, Chicago's only year-round traveling craft market that connects “mindful buyers” to modern craftspeople and hand makers. Under her leadership, the market grew to a support base of more than 1,500 followers. Additionally, Wefenstette has served as a representative on the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, which is dedicated to promoting urban agriculture initiatives across Chicago.

She has also given back to her alma mater. With her husband, 2005 Monmouth graduate Jimmy Thomas, she established the Brad Wefenstette Prize, in honor of her late brother. The prize is awarded to an outstanding current Monmouth student who is committed to peace and social justice.

Monmouth’s 2017 Homecoming will be Nov. 3-5. For more information about the weekend or to register, go to: monmouthcollege.edu/homecoming.