Castleton University has named Dan Warnecke ’17 the recipient of the first-ever Spartan Service Award of Excellence.
The Spartan Service Award is given for outstanding service to the University. The award recognizes the achievements of individuals working on behalf of the University through service in alumni programs, on advisory committees, and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution, in addition to significant contributions of time, service, and talents throughout the years. This individual exemplifies what it means to be a Spartan and inspires the world around them through service to the community.
Warnecke is the former executive director of Rutland Community Cupboard, the second-largest not-for-profit food shelf in Vermont. Last year, Rutland Community Cupboard served more than 11,000 people.
He recently transitioned into the role of associate director at United Way of Rutland County. In this role, he works with organizations around the region to fund their humanitarian projects and services.
“My main focuses within this position are education, health, and the financial stability of those less fortunate in our community, and I’m excited to be such a big piece of improving the lives of others within our county,” he said.
While attending Castleton, Warnecke served as president of the University’s Rotaract Club for three years, which led him to places like Beverly, Kentucky, for building projects; Vero Beach, Florida, for relief projects (where he met his future wife, Alyssa); and Danli, Honduras, for humanitarian work. Since graduating from Castleton in 2017, he has used his degrees in management and marketing to help better the lives of others.
He continues to give back to Castleton University by participating in events like our annual Senior Class Social.