Mount Union Student Receives Award for Community Engagement

April 24, 2015

Rachel Gardner, a junior Mount Union management and sociology major of Kent, Ohio, was the recipient of the 2015 Ping Award from Ohio Campus Compact, a non-profit membership organization of 39 Ohio colleges and universities.

The annual award recognizes and honors undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.

Gardner has been very active with campus life during her four years at Mount Union. Since her freshman year, she has been in organizations such as Alpha Phi Omega, for which she served as the social chairperson; Alpha Lambda Delta; the Association for Women Students, the Honors Program, Sociology Club, Sophomore Service and Student Senate. Gardner has also been awarded recognition on the Dean’s List four semesters in a row. Following graduation in May, Gardner hopes to work in the non-profit sector.

“I really want to work with and for children,” Gardner said. “I just want to live a fulfilling life that makes a difference in the lives of others. I have always enjoyed giving back to the community and this is what I want the basis of the rest of my life to be.”

Ohio Campus Compact is a statewide non-profit coalition of 39 college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education.

The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award recognition is granted annually to one undergraduate per Ohio Campus Compact member institution. Institutions involved in the Ohio Campus Compact include Baldwin Wallace University, Bowling Green State University, Defiance College, Denison University, Marietta College, Oberlin College, Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, University of Mount Union, Walsh University, Wilmington College, Xavier University and others.

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