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PS 120 Students Participate in Service Projects

January 8, 2007

When Dr. Grossman, assistant professor of political science at Mount Union decided to challenge students in his Introduction to International Politics (PS120) class to participate in service learning projects as part of the course curriculum, he had no idea how seriously they would take the assignment and how far they would go in an effort to make a difference.

By participating in these service projects, students were not only able to reach out to help others, their efforts also brought speakers to campus and helped raise awareness about specific areas of need.

Service projects chosen dealt with a wide variety of needs including human rights, child soldiers, healing hearts, AIDS Awareness and recycling.

One group brought a speaker to campus to raise awareness about AIDS. They also made posters and set up a display on campus as part of Make a Difference Week. Another group focused its efforts on raising awareness about global warming by conducting a recyclying campaign.

A third group, the 'Health Group,' worked with an organization called Project Healing Hearts. The result of their efforts was a benefit concert, which took place in Campus Grounds late in the fall semester.

'We wanted to raise awareness and as much money as possible to help out the Vietnamese child that we adopted through Project Healing Hearts,' said Matt Dietrich, a member of the health group and the band that performed.

As a result of their efforts, $1,500 was raised to help ten year-old Thuy receive a heart transplant.

'I was really impressed about the lengths these students were willing to go to make this a living learning experience and to reach out to others," said Grossman.

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