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January 17, 2013

William Penn University thanks community service groups


The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — On behalf of William Penn University, President Ann Fields will be recognizing community service organizations during halftime of the women’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 26, as the Lady Statesmen take on St. Ambrose.

After the first half of the game, President Fields will present a certificate of appreciation to each service organization that has partnered with the university to thank these groups for their exemplary service and commitment to a better community, and for allowing William Penn University students to be a part of their mission.

William Penn University wants to encourage leadership and active involvement in service opportunities, extracurricular activities, and student organizations. There is rarely a time during the academic year when one of Penn’s many student-run organizations is not reaching out to the Oskaloosa community in some way. This heritage of service-mindedness started with the college’s first president, John W. Woody who stated in the school’s first official bulletin: “We desire that students should feel that they are responsible citizens of a community, that they are rightful guardians of their own characters and must learn to govern themselves if they expect to become useful members of society.”

William Penn’s athletic programs also encourage community service. As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, William Penn University participates in the Association’s Champions of Character program. Champions of Character is a program built upon the core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Statesmen athletic teams are required to demonstrate each of these values throughout their season, and must perform at least one community service project per team each school year.

The relationship between the greater Oskaloosa community and William Penn has been strengthened through student involvement. Many organizations in Oskaloosa and Mahaska County provide the opportunity for students to make a difference, such as the Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity, Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation, the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, the Oskaloosa Elementary and Middle Schools, the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter and the Salvation Army.

Oskaloosa and William Penn University provide the opportunities to serve, and in many cases students will go above and beyond what is required of them to give back to the community. William Penn University staff and faculty hope students end their formal education here on campus with a continuous desire to reach out and make a positive difference wherever they go.