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The Shaped Clay Society, a student-run ceramics organization based in the School of Art, is one of four winners of the 2018 Orange Circle Award. The award, which will be presented during Syracuse University’s Forever Orange Week, honors altruistic members of the Syracuse University community who have done extraordinary things in the service of others. 

The event is Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m., in Rooms 304 ABC of the Schine Student Center. It’s free to all students, faculty and staff. Guests are encouraged to register online.

The Orange Circle Award honors Syracuse individuals—including students, faculty, staff, and alumni—who go above and beyond in their daily lives and who possess a deep responsibility for extraordinary acts that better society. These are not limited to financial support, but also include volunteerism.

The Shaped Clay Society was established more than 50 years ago. Its mission is to develop projects that help students become professional artists.

One of the Shaped Clay Society’s main projects, the Empty Bowls fundraiser, benefits food pantries in Onondaga County and creates awareness about hunger in the community. The event has raised more than $250,000 since its inception, and all proceeds go to the Interreligious Food Consortium in Syracuse. Additionally, the club hosts two annual sales that support field trips, educational opportunities, visiting artists and lecturers, conference attendance, national and international residency opportunities, and alumni engagement.