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Dr. Joe Moravec Honored for Iowa Campus Compact Mission Award

Posted by Emily Shields on May 28, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Mercy College Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Joseph Moravec, DMin. will be honored at this year’s Engaged Campus Awards Mission winner by Iowa Campus Compact. With nominations from across the state, this year’s review process was very competitive.

In its second year, Engaged Campus Awards recognize individuals or groups in Iowa higher education for their work toward the Iowa Campus Compact mission of deepening and strengthening campus civic and community engagement.  The Mission Award specifically honors an individual or group who plays a key role in strengthening an institutions' mission of engagement and strategically furthering this mission.

JoeMoravecDr. Moravec is a remarkable example of the impact faculty members can have in their communities,” said Iowa Campus Compact Executive Director Emily Shields. “He has truly harnessed the power of his students, teaching, and scholarship to improve lives.”

Since 2004, he has helped shape Mercy College’s mission, curriculum, and culture toward becoming more civically engaged. Nearly 300 students and faculty in one of his courses have served homeless and unsheltered or underserved individuals through a partnership with Joppa Outreach.

“Dr. Moravec’s efforts have been a key piece in helping to change the college’s philosophy from students rendering community service to that of students engaging in meaningful service learning,” said Dr. Jeannine Matz, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who nominated Dr. Moravec for this award. “He is deeply devoted to the mission of the college and has opened the doors and helped Mercy College connect to some of the neediest community members in Des Moines.”

The Engaged Campus Awards will be presented in a reception on Friday May, 29 at 2:00 pm at the Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines.

Iowa Campus Compact's mission is to strengthen the capacity of colleges and university to prepare all students to become engaged citizens. Through the strength of our coalition, we provide leadership for the civic mission of higher education.

Topics: Servant Leadership, Mission, Community Service