Members of the Mount Union College Midwest Campus Compact (M3C) Fellows Program Attend Ohio Campus Compact Retreat at COSI

May 27, 2010

Members of Mount Union College's Midwest Campus Compact (M3C) freshman Lexi Tabor and Jen Senskey, the Director of Service-Learning and Community Service Amanda Espenschied-Reilly and Mount Union's AmeriCorps*VISTA Service Leader Leigh Anne Drago attended the Ohio Campus Compact (OCC) retreat Thursday, April 5.

Pictured (L-R): Lexi Tabor, Hope Taft and Jen Senskey

Dick Kinsley, the executive director of Ohio Campus Compact, welcomed everyone to the event which was attended by M3Cs, Columbus Foundation Fellows and OCC VISTAs from across the state of Ohio.

'This was a great opportunity for our M3C Fellows to connect with others in the same program from across the state,' Espenschied-Reilly said. 'It gave them a sense of being in a program that extends further than Mount Union College.'

Kinsley introduced Former First Lady of Ohio Hope Taft, who spoke about the importance of volunteering and recognizing people for volunteering.

Taft said volunteers are like yeast in bread. 'If you add them to any project it will rise to great heights,' she said.

Espenschied-Reilly thought Taft's speech was very inspiring.

'She made it clear that volunteering can take you many places in life that you never expected,' Espenschied-Reilly said. 'I think she had a strong effect on the students present.'

After hearing Taft, the students began a series of round table discussions focused on topics such as alternative spring breaks, AmeriCorps*VISTA and youth mentoring.

Following the discussions, everyone participated in a service project with the Electronic Education Department at COSI, whose video links to schools across the country offer classes in simple machines, forensics and medicine. The volunteers helped the Electronic Education Department test and prepare Happy Crabs and Chomping Teeth for the simple machine classes, creating fake skin for use in the forensics classes and packaging surgical tools for use in the medicine classes.

The volunteers made it through thousands of Happy Crabs and Chomping Teeth which was thrilling to the Electronic Education Department. Afterward, the students were free to explore COSI and watch movies on the IMAX theatre.

Mount Union College is one of a few select campuses which administer the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar (M3C) Fellows Program. The M3C Program is a 10-state initiative, led by the Wisconsin Campus Compact that is committed to integrating education with civic engagement among campuses across the Midwest.


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