Bob Baab

Bob Baab, a 1953 College of Wooster graduate, paints an interior door frame at the Viola Startzman Clinic in Wooster during Scots in Service Day on Saturday. 


Scots in Service Celebrates College’s Vibrant Volunteer Spirit

Close to 600 alumni in 26 cities across the country participate on Saturday morning

19 October, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Alumni volunteers from across the country gave up a portion of their weekend in order to give back to their respective communities by participating in The College of Wooster’s 15th annual Scots in Service Day.

From Pittsburgh to Pasadena, Richmond to Rochester, and Tampa to the Twin Cities, Wooster grads canvassed the country spreading goodwill at food banks, public parks, elementary schools, and various community-service agencies.

In Wooster, for example, a handful of Fighting Scots, ranging from the Class of 1952 to the Class of 2013, volunteered at the Viola Startzman Clinic, just a mile or so north of campus.

Named for pioneering physician Viola Startzman, a 1935 Wooster graduate and the medical director at Hygeia Hall from 1956-1979, the clinic provides free services to patients from households within 200 percent of the federal poverty limit, including primary medical care, dental services, and behavioral health counseling.

Among the volunteers on Saturday were Camille Guthrie Mallet, a 2013 Wooster graduate, and her husband, Nate. “I try to do [Scots in Service] every year,” said Camille, a sociology major who was active in the Wooster Volunteer Network as a student. “Volunteering has always been a passion of mine.”

Mallet credited the College with nurturing her volunteer spirit. “Wooster creates opportunities to be of service on and off campus,” she said. “I love to give back to my community and to my alma mater.”

Joining the Mallets on Saturday morning were Bob Baab, a 1953 Wooster graduate who lives just a block away from the Clinic, and Michelle Dukich, a 1988 graduate and mother of Chris Dukich, a member of the Class of 2018. “I really want to help the College be an active part of the Wooster community,” she said. “Scots in Service gives us chance to do that.” Both Baab and Dukich are regular participants in annual Scots in Service Day projects.

 Also volunteering at the Clinic were Pat Warner, a 1972 Wooster graduate, and her husband, Ray Kalchert, both of whom noted the importance of volunteerism. “I applaud the College for its efforts to help people in the community,” said Warner. “It’s very satisfying to be part of this.”

Close to 600 other Wooster alumni obviously agreed with Warner, as they, too, took part in projects in 26 cities on Saturday, including nearby Akron, where volunteers sorted items at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, and Cleveland, where they cleaned and painted on the grounds of the Benjamin Franklin Community Garden. Also volunteering in Ohio were alumni in Columbus at The Free Store and Cincinnati at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Elsewhere, alumni in Atlanta volunteered at the Community Food Bank, while those in Boston assisted with activities at the Watertown Boys and Girls Club, and those in Chicago painted and cleaned Eugene Field Park, home of the Albany Park Theatre Project, where Maggie Popadiak, Class of 2005, is associate director.

Other projects included efforts to spruce up such properties as Fort Greene Park in New York City, Hendley Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and Arvada K8, a Title 1 school in Denver. There were also restocking projects at food banks and pantries in Tampa, Rochester, Louisville, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, and northern New Jersey.

Rounding out the list of cities sponsoring Scots-in-Service projects this year were Miami, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Raleigh Durham-Chapel Hill, San Francisco, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.