Wallace is Hoch Award for Excellence Winner

UC Clermont’s Barbara Wallace was named the 2011 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service by Ohio Campus Compact, a non-profit membership organization of 47 Ohio colleges and universities with strong community service, service-learning, and civic engagement programs on their campuses.

Wallace is the Director of the College Success and Service Learning programs at UC Clermont College. She works to organize and promote service opportunities to both faculty and students.  Wallace works with AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Zach Bartush, to connect curricular opportunities with meaningful, identified service in the community.

“Of all the many people at the University of Cincinnati who are so wonderfully involved in service learning, Barbara Wallace is the original pioneer and the person who has showed so many of the rest of us how to conduct this difficult pedagogy with academic rigor as well as with respect for the learner and for the community. She has proven over and over that service learning is possible within the range of our resources and talents, and that it repays our efforts many times over. She is much too young at heart to have invented co-op at UC, but she may well have invented service learning,” said Wayne Hall, Vice Provost for Faculty Development  and Professor of English and Comparative Literature.

“I am honored to receive the David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service from Ohio Campus Compact.  I appreciate the privilege to work with many wonderful students, faculty members and community partners who make a tremendous impact in our region,” said Wallace.

The David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service was designed to recognize and honor the outstanding work done by either a Community Service Director or Director of Service-Learning at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.  This award is named for the late David Hoch, the Dean of Honors at the University of Toledo, who served as the Director of Service Learning for OCC from 1999-2005.  Dave was instrumental in initiating and nurturing the role of civic engagement at the University of Toledo, not only in the Honors Program, but in residence life and other departments as well.   His guidance helped grow not only the academic service-learning, but also the student-led community service, and the presidential emphasis on broader civic engagement.