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MSJ receives Make a Difference Ohio award

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Monday, April 12, 2010

ST. LAWRENCE DEANERY — The College of Mount St. Joseph was among the 10 outstanding Make A Difference Day Ohio projects recognized during the annual ceremony in Columbus last month. Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland and former First Lady Hope Taft presided over the event. The College of Mount St. Joseph was the only college in the state to receive this high of an honor.

Citizens across the country spent Saturday, Oct. 24, which was the 10th annual Make A Difference Day, doing volunteer projects to improve their communities and help neighbors in need. Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of volunteering, is a catalyst that brings people together for projects that often extend beyond one day a year.
The College of Mount St. Joseph was honored for its “Students for a Better Cincinnati” project. The project was the brainchild of Mount seniors Michael Heckmann and Danielle Siemer, members of the Service Learning Advisory Committee, under the leadership of Service Learning coordinator, Sister of Charity Mary Bookser. Sophomore Bridget Kent, another member of the committee, served as the co-chair of the Make A Difference Day project.

“Students for a Better Cincinnati” brought students from Seton and Elder high schools together with members of the Mount community, Service Learning community partners, and a special contingent from Procter & Gamble, led by alumna Courtney Jaspers, to perform works of service in and around the city.

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