Wittenberg University Hagen Center Plans Fifth Annual New Student Service Plunge Event
Springfield, Ohio — Community service is an important component of every Wittenberg University student’s educational experience. To introduce the students of the Class of 2016 to the possibilities and opportunities of Wittenberg’s unique community service graduation requirement, the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement has scheduled its fifth annual New Student Service Plunge for Saturday, Aug. 18.
Students from the Class of 2016, Wittenberg faculty and staff, and student coordinators from the Community Service Program will work at service locations throughout the Springfield community from 10 a.m.-noon. Breakfast will be provided in the Center Dining Room of the Benham-Pence Student Center prior to a send-off that includes an address from Professor of Religion and Director of Urban Studies Warren Copeland, who also serves as Springfield’s mayor.
The inaugural New Student Service Plunge in 2008 was a huge success with more than 90 students, faculty and staff members participating, and the momentum continued through 2011, when more than 100 individuals participated in the event. Non-profit organizations throughout the Springfield community have partnered with the Hagen Center again in 2012, including Pennsylvania House, Warder Literacy Center, Promise Neighborhood, ECO Sports Corridor and the Springfield Museum of Art. Participants will work on construction, painting and cleaning projects.
“Having an opportunity to serve in the local community in the first days of their collegiate career allows new students to understand how important community service is to a Wittenberg education,” said Director of Community Service Kristen Collier, Wittenberg class of 1992.
To register, Wittenberg students, faculty and staff can log on to www.wittenberg.edu/newstudentdays and click on New Student Service Plunge or call the office at (937) 327-7523, starting Monday, Aug. 6. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot early.