Mount Union Students Pledge to Year of Service
November 17, 2011
Ten University of Mount Union students recently became official members of AmeriCorps. In October, the full-time undergraduate students took a pledge to complete 300 hours of community service over the span of 365 days through the Students In Service Program.
The Students In Service Program, which is coordinated by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union, is a selective and competitive program. Many of the students participating in the program also hold part-time jobs, are athletes or are involved in other student organizations.
In order to complete the 300 hours of service, students will volunteer weekly with a non-profit community partner of their choice. They also will be conducting service projects together as a group, doing service projects with other student organizations and/or offices on campus and doing service in their hometown communities during academic breaks. In addition, students will have to work with faculty members at Mount Union to complete a service-learning project that will reinforce what they learning in the classroom while also helping with a specific need in the community.
According to its website (www.studentsinservice.org), students who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive an Education Award of 1,175 to be applied toward outstanding federal student loans or the cost of attendance at a college or university. With rising tuition costs, the Education Award earned upon successful completion of the program helps make service a viable opportunity for students with financial need.
Students In Service is comprised of college students and veterans from all disciplines who serve as AmeriCorps members to address local community issues, learn valuable civic and workforce skills and aspire to a lifetime of civic engagement. The program also is made up of campuses committed to inspiring and engaging the next generation of civic leaders as well as community organizations providing much needed services to our fellow citizens, engaging students and providing them opportunities to gain civic and workforce skills.
The program, which is run by the state of Washington’s Campus Compact, is only offered to Campus Compact colleges and universities in 21 states. The University of Mount Union is a member of Ohio Campus Compact and has previously hosted a similar program on campus, but this is the first year it has worked with and offered the Students In Service Program to its students.
Each member of the 10-person cohort also became part of the national AmeriCorps program, often referred to as the “Domestic Peace Corps.”
Members of the 2011-2012 AmeriCorps Students In Service Program include:
Robert Brocious, a junior management and marketing major of Mentor, OH;
Holly Fabrizio, a senior English literature major of New Middletown, OH;
Melinda Kizziah, a junior biology major of Columbus, OH;
Kera Lemasters, a senior middle childhood education major of Ravenna, OH;
Craig Lemasters, a freshman political science major of Ravenna, OH;
Megan McDonough, a junior early childhood education major of Cuyahoga Falls, OH;
Samantha Stilson, a sophomore cognitive and behavioral neuroscience major of Poland, OH;
Kelsey Tomlinson, a junior communication and marketing major of Cuyahoga Falls, OH;
Juliann Trevorrow, a senior middle childhood education major of Munroe Falls, OH; and
Brittany Wilk-Adams, a freshman biology major of Parma, OH.