Kasha Lowe was Siena Heights University’s recipient of this year’s Capitol Area Higher Education Network Outstanding Adult Student Award.
Lowe is a December 2006 graduate of Siena Heights University, receiving a bachelor of art degree in multidisciplinary studies.
CAHEN is a consortium of area educational institutions whose mission is to create awareness of educational programs for non-traditional students in the Lansing area. Member schools have a physical facility locally, and degree programs designed for working adults. CAHEN comprises eight colleges and universities offering programs in the Lansing area.
Lowe has actively been involved with “Shop with a Cop” program for the past three years. This program gives underprivileged children an opportunity to buy holiday presents for themselves and their family members. She has also taught a self defense class for Latina women at the annual Dia de la Mujer (Day of the Woman).
At the Lansing Police Department, Lowe mentors new recruits by counseling them when needed and assisting in their professional development. She is also a member of the Awards Ceremony Board at the Lansing Police Department. This board recognizes citizens who have assisted the police department in regards to crime prevention and reporting. Lowe also frequently speaks at elementary, middle and high schools about the importance of education, saying no to drugs and preventing violence.
“When I became an officer, I swore an oath to protect and serve the people of my community,” Lowe said. “I know that in order for me to succeed in doing so, I must further my education so that I can educate these people on the streets. Maybe then they will be encouraged to make better life choices and steer away from living a life of crime. I plan to take my education to the next level and hope that by helping others understand the importance of higher education, I may be able to impact their lives the way that education has impacted me.”
Lowe will receive her award April 11 at a ceremony at the Cooley Law School. Larry Meyer, CEO of Michigan Retailers Association in Lansing, will be the keynote speaker.