Mount Union Professor Receives Service Award

May 08, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — University of Mount Union assistant professor of accounting Ruth Pogacnik was recently awarded the 2012 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service.

The award, given by non-profit membership organization Ohio Campus Compact, honors the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.

Pogacnik developed the first service-learning pedagogy within the accounting program at Mount Union. She and her students have dedicated many hours of service to community partners including the Alliance Pregnancy Center, Interfaith Child Development Center and Catholic Charities. She has encouraged her students to reach out to the community and teach the art of financial literacy.

“Recipients of the Ohio Campus Compact David Hoch Memorial Award demonstrate in their teaching the practice of educating the whole person,” said Richard Kinsley, executive director of Ohio Campus Compact. “They prepare students not only for success in academics and the world of work, but also as actively engaged citizens in the democracy.”

The award is named for the late David Hoch, the dean of honors at the University of Toledo, who served as the director of service learning for Ohio Campus Compact from 1999-2005. Hoch was instrumental in initiating and nurturing the role of civic engagement at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Tracy Loye Masterson of John Carroll University also received the award.

Ohio Campus Compact is a statewide non-profit network of 47 college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education.

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