Border and Carpenter Recognized for Leadership in Community Service

April 21, 2010

Ohio Campus Compact (OCC) presented the 2009-2010 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award to Michael Border and Jay Carpenter for their contributions to community service during the annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation held Tuesday, April 20.

  Michael Border with President Richard F. Giese Jay Carpenter with President Richard F. Giese

OCC is a non-profit membership organization of 47 Ohio colleges and universities that demonstrates strong community service, service learning or civic engagement on their campuses. 

Border, a senior biochemistry major of Strongsville and Carpenter, a senior biology major of Fairmont, WV, were nominated by Mount Union president Richard F. Giese for their community service efforts as campus co-leaders of the Soles4Souls and Hugs for Haiti projects. 

Mount Union’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) spearheaded this international relief effort this past fall on campus and in the Alliance community.  Soles4Souls is a non-profit charitable organization that donates shoes worldwide to those in need.  FCA collected 4,500 pairs of shoes, tripling their initial goal of 1,500. In addition to the shoes, $2,000 was collected and donated to Soles4Souls.

Hugs for Haiti, a fundraising effort established by the Fellowship for Christian Athletes and other Mount Union student organizations, raised over $17,000 to help the earthquake victims in Haiti. The goal of the fundraising effort was to raise money for the Pierre Garçon Hope Project, established by Pierre Garçon former Mount Union All-American football standout and current wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, who is of Haitian descent. Money raised through the project supported the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, which provides for schools, food programs, orphanages, medical clinics, agricultural development, churches and a Bible college for the people of Haiti.

According to the OCC, “candidates should show evidence of exemplary community service which reflects the student’s efforts to meet needs in the community.  In addition, the Ping award recognizes student efforts from individual commitment to the ability to involve others.  OCC is especially interested in efforts that have connected service with academic study and long-term community support.”

The award is granted annually to undergraduates from Ohio Campus Compact member institutions to students who exhibit leadership in their community and on their campus.  This year, State Farm Insurance provided six legacy grants to student leaders.

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