News Clippings – Week of April 2

Here’s your roundup of clippings from the past week. With commencement around the corner, schools are mobilizing students to serve one last time before summer break. Check out how they’re pairing classrooms with communities!

Concordia: Students Provide Tax Assistance
Accounting students assist more than 135 local residents with free tax advice and filing of returns. “Getting practice filing taxes and working on relationships with customers is a big part of the accounting profession and this experience has been great for both of those,” said senior accounting student Russ Canham. “It’s been really interesting and helpful to sit down and talk with a wide range of people and see all of their different needs.”

George Fox University: Mission Trip to Papua New Guinea Inspires Playwrights
George Fox presents an original play “The Broken” as its spring drama. A single image of barbwire barriers used to separate Papuan classes inspired the creation by Director Rhett Luedtke and his students. Luedtke said the image triggered complicated questions, “why the fences, the guns and the disparity between the “haves” and “have nots”? And how does faith and religion help or hinder the situation?”

Linn-Benton Community College: Partnering Skills to Serve

Theresa Griffith, a student at Linn-Benton Community College is using her passion for music to help autistic children. Through work with medical leaders and families with autistic children, she’s created therapeutic musical CDs that ease stress and build self-esteem. “The feedback from doctors and parents has been very gratifying,” Griffith said. “There is evidence that it helps relieve pain… and lets the body heal at peak performance levels.”

Marylhurst: Marylhurst Jumps into Service Mode with Pam Leibrant
Marylhurst welcomes spring by serving the community. ORCC AmeriCorps Member, Pam Leibrant has organized a month of service events that are focused on access to health and wellness. Check out how she’s mobilizing the campus, raising awareness, and building a culture of service on campus.

Portland State University: Faculty Member Dedicates Career to Community
Associate professor of architecture at PSU, Sergio Palleroni uses design to empower impoverished communities around the world. “From the beginning,” he says, “I’ve been less interested in what a building looks like than how it serves the people I’m working for,” he says. Today Dr. Palleroni, co-founder of Building Sustainable Communities (BaSic), continues to co-create educational centers for undeserved populations with more than 20 higher education institutions and organizations around the world.

Pacific University: City in Nicaragua Honors Students for Providing Care to their Citizens
The City of Granada, Nicaragua has honored students, faculty and staff from Pacific University’s College of Health Professions (CHP) for promoting the health and wellness of elder citizens in the country. Granada mayor Eulogio Mejia Marenco presented the award to this year’s Friends of Nicaragua contingent during the group’s visit to provide needed care to citizens of the Western Hemisphere’s second-poorest nation.

Willamette: Students Earn Udall Scholarship for Helping the Environment
Recognized for their commitment to the environment, two Willamette students earned honors from the Udall scholarship committee. These students have also demonstrated commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 for school expenses, and it connects recipients with other students who are committed to change.


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