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Walsh Hosts Community Appreciation Luncheon

What's New, 2011-09-26

Walsh University hosted a Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, October 3rd in the Barrette Business and Community Center. Several Walsh University departments collaborated to organize the luncheon including Service Learning, Campus Ministry, Counseling Services, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Museum Studies, Physical Therapy, and Nursing.

During the event local social service agencies, schools, hospitals, museums, and other community partner agencies were honored for their service and partnership with Walsh University in the last year. These agencies cultivate rich opportunities for Walsh students to put classroom knowledge into practice and deepen understanding of community needs and opportunities.

"We find that students have enhanced learning experiences, a sense of accomplishment, and develop real world skills via experiences working with community partners," stated Beth Juelich-Velotta, Director of Service Learning.

Service to others has been a part of Walsh's mission and education since the Brothers of Christian Instruction first founded the University over 50 years ago. The Office of Service Learning was created in 2005 to formally support service learning within the general education curriculum.  The office is directly responsible for creating mutually beneficial service learning opportunities between Walsh and the local community. Other departments on campus also coordinate experiential learning opportunities for their students (internships, field experience).