Seniors Look To Establish Community Partners Program
In keeping with Wittenberg's tradition of community outreach, communication
majors Amy Holden '07 and Ashley Petersen '07 are working to develop a universitysponsored
program that capitalizes on the institution's urban setting and provides a
win-win situation for students and the greater Springfield area.
Called the Wittenberg University Community Partners Program, the initiative
strives "to foster beneficial partnerships between community organizations and the
university to improve the quality of life in the greater Springfield area."
"Springfield provides a wonderful laboratory for students to explore some of the
most pressing social issues facing urban
communities across the nation and
on a global scale," Petersen said. "Our
program will be able to invest strategically
in faculty/student research and projects
that address community priorities."
Petersen and Holden are teaming
up with Lin Erickson, director of
government, foundation and corporate
relations at Wittenberg, to ensure
their program's success. The three are
currently working to develop a business
plan in the hopes of securing community
investment in the program.
Among the possible partnering
projects being considered in the near
future as part of the program are urban
revitalization, both in the downtown
area and along Wittenberg's eastern
edge, a landscape curriculum project
at Springf ield 's new high school,
community internships and professional