Mount Union Students Attend National Service Learning Conference

May 05, 2010

Six representatives from Mount Union College recently attended the National Conference on Civic Engagement ' 'Creating Agents for Change: Improving Communities through Faculty and Student Leadership' in Austin, Texas.

Those attending included Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service; AmeriCorps VISTA Service Leader Leigh Anne Drago, and Mount Union students Katrina Hermetet, Caitlin Krentz, Luke Messner and Melonie Jurcevic.

'I felt that this was a valuable opportunity for students interested in civic engagement,' said Espenchied-Reiily. 'I wanted to be able to offer this as an educational and networking experience to driven and passionate students who want to know how to more effectively make an impact on their world.'

'The conference had a lot to offer,' said Messner. 'The presenters were influential and dynamic. I learned a great deal about service learning and methods to initiate programs in my school and community. The whole experience will help me as I move into the professional stage of my life.'

'What I learned at the conference will be passed on to the students at Mount Union who are interested in service learning,' added Krentz. 'I also plan to use it to educate the general community.'

The conference was sponsored by Texas Campus Compact (TXCC), which was founded in 2000. TXCC is part of a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. For more information, visit

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