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O’Neil ’20 Nominated for Ping Student Service Award

June 08, 2020

GRANVILLE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union is proud to have nominated Destanee O’Neil ’20, an early childhood education and psychology double major of North Benton, Ohio, for the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award, sponsored by Ohio Campus Compact (OCC). 

According to the OCC website, the award is designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community. These students represent the next generation of civic leaders and problem solvers. The award is named in honor of Charles J. Ping, who served as President of Ohio University from 1975 – 1994. 

O’Neil has served Mount Union as a student assistant the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, has volunteered with several different community initiatives and assisted in organizing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service for the past two years. She is also a member of the varsity track team and Delta Sigma Tau sorority.

She was also one of the AmeriCorps interns who spearheaded the opening of Raiders Cove, the recently opened resource center for students in need on Mount Union’s campus. 

“Watching Destanee work with her peers to make the Mount Union community a better place has been inspiring,” said Abby Schroeder, director of the Regula Center. “Her energy and attitude have greatly contributed to the success of the Regula Center and Raiders Cove.” 

The nomination for this award came from the Office of the President. The nomination letter reads in part, “Destanee has taken part in one-day service projects, been a leader for her team, created a culture of community and understanding, led large events such as our MLK Day of Service, and created our new resource center. I am proud of all that Destanee has done and have no doubt she will represent Mount Union well in her future endeavors.” 

Learn more about the Charles J. Ping Award at