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2014 Graduate Receives Ping Award for Service

State Recognition Praises Megan McDonough for Service and Leadership

July 11, 2014

Megan McDonough works with fellow WC students in preparation for lobbying U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in March in Washington D.C. at Spring Lobby Weekend, an intensive training experience in lobbying sponsored by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Megan McDonough works with fellow WC students in preparation for lobbying U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in March in Washington D.C. at Spring Lobby Weekend, an intensive training experience in lobbying sponsored by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Wilmington College’s Megan McDonough received a 2013-14 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award in recognition of her “outstanding service and leadership” on campus and in the community.

Ohio Campus Compact, which is a coalition of 47 college and university presidents and their campuses that work to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education, presented the award.

McDonough is a resident of Batavia and graduated with honors in May. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in communication arts and social & political studies.

In nominating McDonough, WC President Jim Reynolds described her as an “exceptional” student with “a servant’s heart.”

“Megan has consistently engaged in serving the campus and community throughout her four years at Wilmington College,” he said. “She is charismatic in her approach to working with others and puts service at the forefront of all she does.

“She is an active spokesperson for our program and embodies the heart of service in all aspects of her academic life.”

McDonough was active with the local Sugartree Ministries as she regularly helped serve meals and assisted with a weekly outreach program, in addition to organizing Project Angel Tree, a Christmas gift program at Wilmington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

On campus, among other service activities, she served as a director of New Student Orientation, student leader of the Freshman Plunge program in leadership training and student representative to the Issues & Artists Series and Westheimer Peace Symposium.

“Service is an integral part of student life at Wilmington College,” McDonough said, noting that her involvement was “invaluable.”

“It is a chance to make a difference in the lives of our students and in the lives of others,” she added. “My service experience at Wilmington College has allowed me to utilize and learn about the talents I have, and, in turn, understand more about the world around me.”

In addition to these hands-on learning experiences in service and leadership development, McDonough engaged in an internship with the Wilmington/Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, volunteered at Friends Boys School during a spring break trip to Belize and assisted teachers and Spanish students in learning English while studying for a semester in Spain.