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Manchester University is celebrating a huge leap forward in its mission of service during the 2014-15 academic year, with students, faculty and staff donating more than 60,000 volunteer hours, so far.
The previous year, the University logged more than 49,000 hours of service. Manchester has been averaging more than 42,000 hours a year, according to Carole Miller-Patrick, director of MU’s Center for Service Opportunities.
Marking this milestone, the University is recognizing three student volunteers who have demonstrated compassion, integrity, leadership and dedication.
Riley Bannon, a junior from Warsaw, Ind., is a committed volunteer with the Circle K club, the Community Dinners and the Red Cross blood drive at MU. He is active on campus with Ultimate Frisbee, Praise Jam and the Business Club.
Trinity Schelich is a senior psychology major with a minor in Spanish. From Indianapolis, she often helped with the afterschool program at Claypool Elementary School in the Warsaw school district, including playing a large role getting its soccer team going. She volunteers weekly at the Special Olympics track and field in Wabash. She is involved with the student Psych Society and has worked at a summer camp for the past five years.
Kaitlyn McDermitt is a junior biology-chemistry major from Greenville, Ohio. A member of the American Chemical Society, she cleans up trash on highways and participates in many of the society’s service projects. She is an avid helper at the Community Dinners in North Manchester, joined the annual Eel River cleanup, assisted at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester and took part in the Walk into My Future event that brought thousands of elementary school students to the campus.
The names of the Dedicated Service Award winners will be placed on a permanent plaque in the Center for Service Opportunities on campus.
Manchester has dozens of volunteer opportunities, all coordinated by the center. The University is a perennial on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll.
Miller-Patrick was invited to speak this past fall at a White House conference about interfaith programming that works, focusing on the Community Dinners that use student volunteers and a network of North Manchester churches.
The University has nearly 1,500 students at its North Manchester and Fort Wayne campuses.
April 27, 2015