Charles J. Ping Student Service Award

The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award was designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.  These students represent the next generation of civic leaders and problem solvers. The award is named in honor of Charles J. Ping, who served as President of Ohio University from 1975 – 1994.  An early supporter and Board Member of Ohio Campus Compact, Ping has been a tireless advocate for campus-community partnerships and increased opportunities for students to become active and engaged citizens.

This recognition can be granted annually to one undergraduate per Ohio Campus Compact member institution.

Students nominated to be a 2014 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award winner (application deadline now closed)  compete with other nominees from across the state for a $250 Legacy Award mini grant, to be given to a nonprofit organization of the winner’s choice.  The Legacy Award mini grants are sponsored by Ohio Campus Compact and Rotaract District 6690.

2014 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award winners

Edward (Ned) Barnes and Michael Gong, John Carroll University

Ned Barnes, John Carroll University 2014 Ping Service Award winner

Michael Gong, John Carroll University 2014 Ping Service Award winner













Carly Zalenski, Ohio Wesleyan University

Carly Zalenski, Ohio Wesleyan University 2014 Ping Service Award winner













Read more about their achievements and see the full press release


 2014 Ping Award Finalists:

Katherine Bennie, Baldwin Wallace University

Rebecca Brown, University of Akron

Ryan Calvin, The Ohio State University

Katherine Causbie, Wittenberg University

Kirsten Frissora, Defiance College

Claire Hall, Ohio University

Sarah Jernigan, University of Cincinnati

Megan McDonough, Wilmington College

Kyanna Perry, University of Cincinnati

Daniel Persia, Denison University

Alyssa Phelps, Oberlin College

Kelly Schmidt, Xavier University

Mackenzie Shivers, University of Mount Union

Sara Whitestone, University of Cincinnati

2013 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award winners

Kyle Hutnick, John Carroll University

John Carroll University Senior Kyle Hutnick

Since his first few days on John Carroll University’s campus, Kyle Hutnick has been active in community service projects.  As a first year student from Akron, Hutnick participated in We The People, a service program pairing teams of JCU tutors that teach lessons about the U.S. Constitution with 5th, 8th, and 10th grade students in under-served classrooms in East Cleveland.  As a Junior, the Criminology and Sociology major took on a leadership role as the Student Coordinator for the 10th grade program and later launched Project Citizen, a weekly service opportunity for JCU tutors to work with high school students to identify problems in their neighborhoods and research meaningful policy changes to address those issues.  As part of his leadership role, he helped to recruit tutors, develop curriculum, and facilitate lessons.  At the end of the school year, the students propose their public policy changes to local decision-makers, lawmakers and community leaders in positions to implement the proposed policies. As one high school participant reflected on the program, “Being around the John Carroll students motivates me to get involved with more activities dealing with my community.”

“From the start, Kyle was deeply committed to the high school students for whom the program was designed, his enthusiasm for the work only grew as his responsibilities increased,” stated Father Robert L. Niehoff, President of John Carroll University.  “Because of his dedication and commitment to service, Kyle has earned the respect of his peers, the Center for Service and Social Action staff, those for whom and with whom he serves, and his university president.  His generosity of time and energy in modeling what it means to be a ‘man for others’ is genuinely in the truest Jesuit tradition.”

Hutnick’s experience with Project Citizen, meanwhile, has motivated him to help others become agents of change throughout his career.  He plans to study public policy in law school after graduation.

Rachael Lange, Defiance College

College students seeking to serve the community and gain nonprofit experience commonly volunteer with local organizations, but few undergraduates get the chance to actually runa nonprofit.  For Defiance College student Rachael Lange, it is all in a day’s work.  As Executive Director of  Defiance College’s  Project 701 nonprofit, Lange works regularly with 30 student managers, 20 board member, five staff members plus faculty and staff advisors…all while balancing a full course load.  One of the many initiatives under the Project 702 umbrella is operating a free primary care clinic in conjunction with two Defiance-area hospitals. The free clinic has served over 200 patients, which accounts for 1 out of every 5 uninsured residents in Defiance County.  The Senior Biology major from Berea, Ohio has also worked closely with DC Art Box, a fair trade project that supports international artisans in Belize where Defiance College regularly conducts community engaged research.

“Through her dedication, passion and motivation, Rachael has been able to help implement an innovative approach to service-learning while making a major impact not only on the Defiance College campus but on the Defiance community as well,” stated Defiance College President Mark C. Gordon.   “She has truly been one of the key entrepreneurs for the development of Project 70 which could truly become a national model for experiential service-learning opportunities for students.”


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