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Four New Regula Scholars Inducted

September 25, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — For students who have a passion for public service, want to promote community engagement and develop partnerships through service-learning experiences, the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement is the perfect fit.

Regula Center Scholars include those juniors and seniors who show academic excellence, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, hold a campus or community leadership role and complete 150 hours of community or public service.

These students receive funding for professional development, conferences or special projects of their choosing. They represent a wide variety of interests including political science, business and education.

Four new Regula Scholars were inducted into the program this year:

Senior Greg Djordjevic is a native of Avon Lake, majoring in both political science and philosophy. He is actively involved in organizations on campus and is president of College Democrats, Student Conduct Board and Student Senate. Djordjevic has committed himself to becoming  involved with special needs organizations.

A native of Amherst, senior Marilyn Miller is a history major, minoring in adolescent adult education. She is the vice president of Student Senate, co-president of Kappa Delta Pi, a member of the history club and tutor coordinator for the writing center. Marilyn also spends countless hours volunteering as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega.

Senior Zak Suhar, of Cedarburg, Wisconsin is a double major in business management and Spanish. Zak is not only on the Mount Union Football team, but is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Raider Relief and the Sustainable Management Advisory Committee.

Senior Alicia Switzer of Strongsville is a psychology and communication major. She is an active member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Raider Relief and Student Senate.

With the help of these scholars, among many others, the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement supported nearly 70 events this past academic year.

Some of these events include hosting the US Army War College for the second year in a row; coordinating a full of day of events including a VIP breakfast, classroom visits, lunch with students and a town hall event for the public. They were also given the opportunity to memorialize September 11. Students hosted memorial services throughout the community and campus, held remembrance walks and unveiled a memorial using artifacts from Ground Zero, constructed by the art department and engineering majors.

Harry Paidas, director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and chair of the Department of Communication, believes this program to be beneficial for the scholars.

“It sets them apart in terms of gaining practical experience which best prepares them for future jobs in the fields of community and public service,” Paidas said.

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