Mount Union Students Participate in Fall Service Retreat

May 25, 2010

On October 12 and 13, Mount Union College co-hosted a statewide Midwest Campus Compact/ Columbus Foundation Fellows Retreat.

Four schools were represented including Mount Union, Capital University, Bowling Green State University and Wilmington College. The retreat was held at Camp LiMRod in Minerva.

The retreat focused on training, team-building and service. Training exercises, including discussions focused on social causes that service participants are currently engaged in and where they would like to see their service and college majors take them in life. Training exercises were led by Cassandra Funk, program director for community service and leadership development at Capital University and Jennifer Scott, Mount Union OCC AmeriCorps VISTA service leader. As their service project for the weekend, students re-painted the camp lodge and cleaned the camp buildings.

M3C stands for Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Fellows Program and is a part time AmeriCorps program in which students complete 300 service hours in one year for a $1,000 education award. CFF stands for Columbus Foundation Fellows and is a privately funded program modeled off of M3C. Mount Union College has one of the largest M3C programs in Ohio. 

"I think that these statewide retreats are key to our program,' said Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service at Mount Union. 'Our students get to meet other students in M3C across the state and share stories and experiences with them. Many stay in contact with each other afterwards and it creates a wider support network for them. It gives them a better picture of M3C service across the state and the elite group they are a part of statewide."

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