Feature Story

Commemorating Ohio Wesleyan’s Heritage

November 17, 2011 – by Cole Hatcher

On November 9, Ohio Wesleyan University celebrated Heritage Day with a new “Day of Service.”

The OWU Heritage Day Committee estimates more than 250 students worked alongside faculty and staff volunteer to build two storage sheds for the Delaware County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, hand-sew nearly 20 sleeping bags for the homeless, and collect more than $500 worth of personal items to be assembled into kits for the homeless.

The Heritage Day theme was chosen, in part, as a reflection of Ohio Wesleyan being named for three consecutive years to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In 2009, OWU also was awarded one of three Presidential Awards given nationally for Excellence in General Community Service.

“Ohio Wesleyan has such a rich history,” Nancy Bihl Rutkowski, assistant director of OWU’s Student Involvement Office, said in announcing the new Day of Service. “Our annual Heritage Day is a great way to celebrate everything that makes OWU special.”

(Photos by Chris Henchey ’14, Mike Serbanoiu ’15, Kelsey Ullom ’14, and Matt Wasserman ’14)