A new award named for two long-time Western Maryland College educators will honor student volunteerism and enable recipients to carry out volunteer projects in the community.
The Griswold-Zepp Award for Volunteerism, conceived by alumni the liberal arts college, will provide a $1,000 stipend to a student or team of students who propose a volunteer service project. Recipients of the award may carry out projects during January term or during the summer months; they may couple their work with academic credit under the provisions of special studies or internships.
Winners of the award will be chosen in by a faculty committee on the basis of the project's merits. All full-time WMC undergraduates in good academic standing are eligible.
The award, for which interested alumni and the college have raised more than $15,000 toward an endowed fund, is named for Drs. Earl L. Griswold, professor emeritus of sociology, and Ira G. Zepp Jr., professor of religious studies.
Mr. Griswold and Mr. Zepp were resources for scores of Western Maryland students in the 1960s who were searching for opportunities to volunteer for social service projects. The two served as faculty sponsors of a pair of student groups -- Student Opportunities Service and Operation Hinge.
Student Opportunities Service, or SOS, was formed in the early 1960s in response to the civil unrest and turmoil that was occurring beyond the WMC campus. Inspired by the standards set by the Peace Corps, SOS took its first strides in the summer of 1963, when a group of five students traveled to the Philippines to help establish a 5,000-book library.
Other team projects followed in succeeding summers, contributing to the building of libraries in Puerto Rico, Appalachia, and in American Indian communities in Oklahoma. More utilitarian service also was conducted through the aegis of SOS, including sanitation and youth recreation projects in Puerto Rico, voter registration in Mississippi, and community development in Bolivia. At its height, SOS fielded eight teams of student volunteers in five areas of the globe.
Dundalk Community College will offer a special summer session of its medically supervised exercise program for cardiac rehabilitation patients. Beginning May 23 and continuing through July 30, the CARE program will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the DCC Health/Life Fitness Center.
Specially designed to help improve the fitness and exercise levels of persons with a history of heart attack, angina, by-pass surgery, or angioplasty, the DCC CARE (Cardiac Rehabilitation) program can also benefit those with high risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, high sugar or breathing problems.
Participants will improve their own fitness levels by increasing strength, improving muscle tone, increasing flexibility and improving aerobic capacity. Besides learning a combination of stretching and flexibility exercises, they will also enjoy periods of aerobic exercise, such as biking or walking, recreational activities, such as volleyball, and informative health lectures.
The intensity of training will be based upon a recent exercise test administered under a physician's approval, and the DCC Circuit Center will be available to those who qualify.
Throughout the semester, the five-person CARE staff, including Dr. Muhmad Thamer, a cardiologist at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, will regularly monitor the progress of each individual. To aid in monitoring target heart rate during the exercise component of each class, each participant will also learn to take their own pulse rate. Blood pressure will be monitored should the patient's history warrant it.
To register or to find out more about the CARE program call Ted Clark at Dundalk Community College, 285-9859.