Mount St. Joseph University

The Mount Celebrates Service Achievements

Academics, Campus News, Service Learning, Student Life

By: Keith Lanser

File Under: service learning, student life

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Mount St. Joseph University and the Career and Experiential Education Center will be hosting its annual Celebration of Service Luncheon this spring, where we will celebrate and recognize our outstanding students, faculty, and community partners for all of their meaningful contributions to the common good of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky through our service learning and civic engagement programs.

Given that our University’s mission is to remain grounded in the values and vision of the Sisters of Charity, and embrace service to others, it is of utmost importance to honor those who have made meaningful service contributions, and encourage them to continue to be dedicated to a life-long commitment to service.

This year, the Celebration of Service Luncheon will be on Friday, May 3rd, from 11:30 a.m.--1:00 p.m. in the Theatre Lobby on campus. During the event we will be serving lunch as well as having a keynote address and an awards ceremony for our community partners, faculty, and students.

Jen Kephart, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati Volunteer Services & Program Manager, will deliver the keynote address. Jen lives a life dedicated to service and serves as an inspiration to others through her strong devotion and passion for giving back to her community. According to Jen, “Inaction is our common enemy. For most, it is impossible not to reply when we know others need help. We have an instinct to act. We must try. We absolutely must put our love, energy, and time towards the greater good. It is for our survival and wellbeing, to carry on and lift up the generations that follow us. For it is an unbearable pain to witness others suffer and not help. The solution, the rescue, and the healing all come from the source of our actions when we put love into action and help each other. Joy and purpose are found through service with others."

At this year’s luncheon, we will award City Gospel Mission a check for $1,000 from Dr. Jennifer Morris’ fall semester course, CORE 115 Common Ground, and Melodic Connections will receive a check for $1,309 from Dr. Kate Doyle’s fall semester course, SED 345 Issues in Accessibility and Transition. These donations are being awarded through the Mount's Student Philanthropy Program, in which students learn how to research non-profits and choose one non-profit to invest in, as a class, at the end of each semester. Three other checks will also be presented to the nonprofits that are chosen from the current semester's student philanthropy courses. 

We will also award Cheviot School the 2019 Outstanding Service Learning Community Partner Award, and Dr. Brooke Gialopsos will receive the 2019 Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Member Award. As for our student awardees, Zachary Corbett will be awarded the SGA Leadership in Service Award, Anna Fischer will be awarded the Dave Scharfenberger Community Service Award, and Megan Welsh will be awarded the S. Elizabeth Cashman Community Service Award.

Our hope is that our students, faculty, and community partners will recognize Mount St. Joseph University’s support and pride for theses achievements, and feel empowered to continue working for and towards the common good. As a University we strive to remain grounded in the values and mission of the Sisters of Charity and continue our excellence in service.

If you are interested in submitting a reservation for the Celebration of Service Luncheon, or if you have a question about the event, please contact Keith Lanser at keith.lanser@msj.edu or 513-244-4634.