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Coming off a record year of volunteer service – more 60,000 hours donated by students, faculty and staff – Manchester University is living its mission to “graduate persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”
That dedication to service puts it in the national spotlight once again: For the ninth straight year, Manchester is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. It is also a perennial on the Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll.
The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions for “extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty, and staff in meeting critical community and national needs.”
The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement.
Manchester has a long reputation for its many service projects and volunteer opportunities. These programs include a medical practicum in Nicaragua, pharmacy students offering health fairs in Fort Wayne, community dinners in cooperation with North Manchester churches and mentoring students in Kentucky using Skype. There are volunteer projects at Camp Mack, American Red Cross blood drives, Relay for Life, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the Indiana Reading Corps., to name just a few.
Manchester has about 1,500 students, and the volunteer efforts are coordinated by the MU Center for Service Opportunities. It offers students, faculty and staff a centralized location to make opportunities easy to find, including the Pathways summer service programs and the interfaith community dinners. Director of the Center is Carole Miller-Patrick, who spoke this fall at a White House conference about interfaith programming that works.
May 26, 2015