Mount Union College Hosts College and Community Collaboration Celebration
April 15, 2010
On September 4, Mount Union College held the College and Community Collaboration, sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service. This two-part special event was in honor of the dedication of community partner agencies and the service-learning faculty to the Alliance community.
The first part of the celebration was the Community Service Fair held in the Hoover-Price Campus Center from 4-6 p.m. Sixteen area service agencies were present at informational tables designed to promote their services and encourage student volunteer participation. Such agencies included in the fair were the Bethany House, Stark County Community Action Agency, Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts and Alliance Community Hospital.
"It is important for students to be involved with service learning," stated Jennifer Broome, director of service-learning and community service. "It expands their horizons and challenges their perspectives. In addition, they develop a better moral understanding and become a part of the community. They realize the can make an impact and influence the community for the better."
Following the fair, a collaborative dinner was held at 6:30 p.m in the Main Lounge of the Hoover-Price Campus Center, which included presentations from Mount Union faculty members as well as leaders from the Alliance community. Mount Union President Jack Ewing also gave a speech addressing the importance of collaboration and service learning within the community.
Mount Union College has been the recipient of numerous service-bearing grants recently, including the Ohio Campus Compact K-16 Collaboration Grant. The Explore the World Through Art Grant was given to support the service learning collaborations between Dr. Jennifer Hall, assistant professor of French and the director of the English as a Second Language program; Alliance Middle School and Rodman Public Library. In addition, the Heroes in Our Midst grant was given in support of Dr. Martin Horning, professor of economics, with his service learning work with the Navigators of Alliance Middle School and the Stark County African American Cultural Center.