Mount Union College Receives Grant for Service Learning Initiative

April 22, 2010

Mount Union College has received a grant for $100,000 from the McGregor Fund to implement a campus-wide initiative to develop comprehensive service learning programs.

The McGregor Fund is a private foundation established in 1925 by gifts from Katherine and Tracy McGregor to "relieve the misfortunes and promote the well-being of mankind." The foundation awards grants to organizations in the following areas: human services, education, health care, arts and culture, and public benefit.

"The proposed initiative for the grant ties in with the College's broader vision for the Mount Union experience, which incorporates service learning as part of the culture of our institution," said Mount Union College President John L. Ewing, Jr.

The grant will be used to further institutionalize service learning as an important element of the students' learning. A portion of the grant will fund a newly created position, director of service learning. This person will, with the help of a faculty "Service Learning Leader," seek out community needs and work with faculty development.

The first Service Learning Leader will be Dr. Stephen Kramer, professor of psychology. Kramer will have release time from his teaching responsibilities to work with his peers as they implement service learning elements into curricula.

"I hope that this grant will enable us to continue to move forward with the development of service learning opportunities for students, result in more faculty involvement and help faculty recognize more avenues for the institution of service learning in their disciplines," said Kramer.

Two community partners have already been identified. The Alliance City Schools and Alliance Neighborhood Center both have agreed to work with Mount Union in this initiative.

The grant is awarded for a three-year period. This is the second time Mount Union College has received a grant from the McGregor Fund.

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