HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 5, 2014 – Reverend Dr. Joseph Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning at High Point University, has been named the 2014 Civic Engagement “Emerging Leader” Professional of the Year by North Carolina Campus Compact.
The award goes to one staff person in the state each year for efforts to institutionalize a campus-wide vision of service, support the engagement of faculty and students and form innovative campus-community partnerships.
Since Blosser started in 2011, HPU’s Service Learning program has more than tripled with 320 students participating in Service Learning courses. The program has also helped increase HPU’s service to the community to more than 100,000 hours per year through courses and other initiatives.
Blosser has also organized service initiatives such as the Bonner Leader Program and HPU’s “Day On, Not Off,” for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Bonner Leader Program is a national service program that connects students with local nonprofits so they can grow in leadership and professional development while also helping community. This year alone, six students served 1,800 hours through the program. On MLK Day, approximately 400 students and faculty volunteered their time around the city, contributing 1,200 service hours to dozens of local projects, including renovating local schools and community centers, planting gardens, feeding the hungry and holding read-ins and field days for children.
“It is a great honor to even be nominated for this award,” says Blosser. “HPU’s commitment to holistic education is echoed in the principles of service learning. Service learning breaks students out of the classroom, engages them in real life problems and empowers them to integrate intellectual, financial and human capital to address these challenges. It promotes leadership skills, critical thinking and shows students how dramatic an impact they can have on the communities in which they live.”
Blosser was recognized by the compact at its annual PACE (Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement) Conference on Feb. 5. Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU, presented the award.
North Carolina Campus Compact builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen communities.