Tiffany Watson Receives Award for Community Service

May 13, 2008

tiffanywatsonTiffany Watson, a senior exercise science major of Ashtabula, has been awarded Ohio Campus Contact’s Charles J. Ping Student Service Award for her contribution to community service in the Alliance community.

Watson created the GIFT (Girls in Fitness Together) program at the Alliance YMCA bringing fourth and fifth grade girls of the Alliance community together on Wednesdays after school to the YMCA where they spend two hours participating in physical activities and learning about health and nutrition with Mount Union student volunteers.  Watson designed this program to encourage young girls to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.

The Ohio Campus Compact institution is a non-profit membership organization of 49 Ohio colleges and universities with strong community service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement programs on their campuses.

The OCC annually awards the Charles J. Ping Award to undergraduate students with outstanding leadership and contributions to community service on their campus and within their community.  Candidates showing evidence of exemplary community service are nominated by the president of his or her college or university.  The Ping award recognizes student efforts, from individual commitment to service and community, to the ability to create an organization and to involve others.  The OCC is especially interested in efforts that have connected service with academic study or designed programs with long-term community support.

A $500 legacy grant funded by Fifth Third Bank and State Farm Insurance, was presented to Watson by OCC Senior Program Director Jen Gilbride-Brown at the Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation held recently at the College. Watson in turn presented the check to Alliance YMCA Director Dale Nissley and Associate Director Jennie Slimon. These funds will be used to continue the GIFT program next year.

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