Central Michigan University professor, Sussex native and University of Delaware graduate, Dr. Vincent Mumford, will receive the 2008 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award Thursday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.
Central Michigan University professor, Delaware native and Delaware Blue Hen graduate, Dr. Vincent Mumford, will receive the 2008 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award Thursday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.
This is the fifteenth year for the highest annual award given out to faculty in the state of Michigan by the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC). The honor is bestowed during the MCC’s 13th Annual Institute: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement statewide conference.
Mumford was nominated by CMU President Michael Rao and selected by peers to receive the award for his outstanding contributions in the area of community service-learning at the CMU campus. Community service-learning refers to using social engagement through volunteering or donating as an educational tool, in this case to teach aspects of sports business.
Mumford’s impact can be seen in his creation of the Center for Global Sport Leadership (CGSL), an organization within the Physical Education and Sport department that uses sport for
the greater good. The CGSL has participated in statewide and national conferences and also includes Chip Away Malaria, a student group that has raised about $20,000 for malaria
prevention. In addition, Mumford’s has instituted the Passion Project in his undergraduate sport management classes. The Passion Project challenges students to create and manage a
sporting event in order to raise donations or awareness for a community need. In the past year, Mumford’s classes have raised money for malaria prevention, Toys for Tots, and breast cancer awareness. Mumford’s greatest ability is to inspire students to use personal passions for a greater good. He challenges his classrooms to set strong goals that are both achievable and impactful.
Mumford came to CMU three years ago and has been engaging in service learning all three years. Prior to CMU, he was a faculty member at the University of Central Florida. The
Indian River High School graduate received his doctoral degree, Master’s degree, and undergraduate from the University of Delaware in Educational Leadership, where he studied as a Holmes Scholar.
For more information on the CGSL, visit www.chp.cmich.edu/pes/CGSL/graduate.shtml. For more information on the MCC award, visit micampuscompact.org/institute.asp.