Wittenberg University Hagen Center Plans Seventh 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 2018 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 seventh annual New Student Service Plunge for Saturday, Aug. 23.
Students from the Class of 2018, Wittenberg faculty, staff and alumni, and student coordinators from the Community Service Program will work at service locations throughout the Springfield community in the morning. Students will be welcomed by 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 2013, when more than 120 individuals participated in the event. Non-profit organizations throughout the Springfield community have partnered with the Hagen Center again in 2014, including Warder Literacy Center, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Children’s Rescue Center, Springfield Promise Neighborhood, Habitat for Humanity, Springfield YMCA, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and the Clark County Solid Waste District. Participants will work on construction, painting, landscaping 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 new students, faculty and staff can go to the New Student Days webpage and click on the New Student Service Plunge link. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot as soon as possible.