An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
Oregon Campus Compact, dedicated to activating higher education toward student participation in civic life, recognized Marylhurst's service program and this year's AmeriCorps volunteer, Pam Leibrant, among their 2012 accomplishments.
Excerpt from an article on OregonCampusCompact.org published September 13, 2012.
To develop service-oriented programs at Marylhurst University, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Pam Leibrant institutionalized a service program on campus. One of her projects was a Spring Into Service event that focused on increasing the campus and community's understanding of affordable and accessible health care.
Pam coordinated the 2012 Marylhurst Spring Into Service event, which partnered educational workshops with service activities in the community. Pam supported the campus to participate in two interactive panels — one led by former NPR reporter Emily Harris and one led by Sister Carol Higgins involving a range of health experts — and to donate blood through the Red Cross, supply personal care items for a women's shelter, and fix up a building being developed into a health clinic for low-income community members.
As a result of Spring Into Service, faculty, staff and students engaged in a conversation about significant issues affecting their community. They explored local contexts and made connections with the national debate over health care. The campus was introduced to people and organizations advocating for the well-being of underserved populations and informed about ways to get involved.
This type of civic engagement has been a part of Marylhurst's strategic goal since 2009. Through events like Spring Into Service, Pam supported the campus to establish a Service Program that will continue to expand the campus culture of service and engage the community in issues affecting quality of life.