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College Receives 'Friend of Education' Award

WC Recognized for Town-Gown Outreach

March 24, 2010

President Dan DiBiasio (third from the right) is pictured with other award recipients at the annual meeting. (Wilmington News Journal Photo)

President Dan DiBiasio (third from the right) is pictured with other award recipients at the annual meeting. (Wilmington News Journal Photo)

President Dan DiBiasio accepted the 2010 Friend of Education award on behalf of the College March 24 at the 13th annual Four County (Clinton, Adams, Highland and Fayette) School Board Dinner and Meeting of the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.

Tony Long, SOESC superintendent, lauded WC for its numerous town/gown cultural, educational and outreach programs.

“Wilmington College has proven to be a great asset to Clinton County schools and the community,”  Long said. “Wilmington College alumni are area teachers, administrators, coaches and other educators in schools throughout our region. Teacher placement, practicum students and its graduate education program have been involved with research and projects that have greatly benefited our schools.

“Wilmington College has also been a leader in offering programs leading to more peaceable schools and inspiring our students to work toward going to college. The College has provided training to teachers in positive discipline, peer mediation and conflict resolution.

“Project Trust, which is an anti-bullying program for students, has been effective in addressing the negative effects of cliques in middle schools. Also impacting middle school students has been College Club, which puts the prospect of attending college on the radar of middle school students from families with no history of higher education success.

“In addition, Wilmington College students are partnering with our students to promote physical activity and after school tutoring, as well as a youth outreach program that encourages students to grow their own food through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. They are partnering with persons with disabilities from Clinton County DD, volunteering many hours that benefit our community schools.”