Barry Eisenberg, Sara Pierce and James Haskins

Barry Eisenberg (left), Sara Pierce (center) and James Haskins (right)


College of Wooster Alumni Celebrate Spirit of Service

Hundreds of Wooster grads recognized for their commitment to volunteerism

13 April, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Volunteerism at The College of Wooster is deeply engrained in the ethos of the institution, much like Independent Study and MacLeod Tartan Plaid. From the time students set foot on campus for orientation to well beyond their 50th reunion, the recognition of service to others as a precious virtue that helps to build character and shape the individual is accentuated.

"As one of Wooster's core values, our graduates seek to extend the benefits of their learning beyond the campus and beyond themselves by exercising civic and intellectual leadership, and contributing to the welfare of humanity and the environment," says Heidi McCormick, director of alumni relations at Wooster. "Not only are alumni philanthropic with their time in their own communities, each year, more than 1,300 alumni volunteers serve the College in a variety of ways."

This week, Wooster will join the rest of the country in celebrating this tradition by marking National Volunteer Week. The College will recognize all those who give of their time and talents throughout the year, including several who will be honored for exemplary service.

"The spirit of service is one of the many attributes that sets Wooster apart," says Landre McCloud, assistant director of Wooster's alumni volunteer program. "National Volunteer Week gives us an opportunity to thank our many alumni who serve in a variety of roles, from class officers to online ambassadors to reunion committee members. We greatly value the contributions of each and every one of our volunteers."

Among the special honorees this year is Sara Pierce, a 2010 graduate, who will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for her stellar volunteer service to the College. She has hosted a number of alumni events in Washington, D.C. and initiated the pilot regional program, Wooster Wednesdays in Washington.

"Sara has served Wooster in numerous ways, including as an I.S. Monday happy-hour host," says McCloud. "She has also organized Wooster gatherings around the annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk, started the Wooster-DC! Facebook group, and served as an online ambassador. We know this is just the beginning of Sara's lifelong partnership with our office, and we look forward to working with her for many years to come."

Also to be honored are two graduates from the Class of 1985 — Barry Eisenberg and Jamie Haskins — who will receive The John D. McKee Alumni Volunteer Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the College.

Eisenberg has served on the Alumni Board and is currently an alumni admissions advocate, an online ambassador, and an APEX volunteer. He also serves as secretary for his class. Haskins is currently a member of the Alumni Board and president of his class. In addition, he is involved with "Going True," Wooster's LGBTQ alumni group, and has assisted the alumni relations office in orchestrating several regional events in his home city of Philadelphia.

"Jamie and Barry served on their 25th reunion committee in 2010 when they helped their class raise more than $85,000 for The Wooster Fund and encouraged their classmates to come back to campus to reconnect and celebrate their years at Wooster," says McCloud. "They are affectionately referred to as the 'dynamic duo' by the alumni relations staff."

Both the McKee Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award will be presented at 131st Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association on June 6.