Gamble Represents Bethany College at Washington, D.C. Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gatherings
BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College is among 250 colleges and universities from throughout the United States participating in President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Dr. Mort Gamble, assistant to the president at Bethany, attended a briefing and workshops in Washington, D.C., on August 3. Senior officials from President Obama’s administration provided an overview of the service challenge at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the grounds of the White House. Workshops and discussions were held through the day on the campus of The George Washington University.
Gamble participated in discussions about funding and sustaining campus service projects with an interfaith dimension. Planned events at Bethany include special commemorations, days of service, and reflection on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as on the annual observance of the birthday of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These and other service initiatives will be conducted through the College’s Center for Community Service, Student Activities Office and other offices and programs.
The goal of President Obama’s service challenge is to support American colleges and universities as “cornerstones of their communities, providing guidance, education, and leadership skills to a new generation while remaining anchored in and shaping local communities,” said Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership.
President Obama issued the challenge for proposed activities in April 2011. He challenged campus religious and non-religious organizations to partner with each other, community service organizations, and churches to undertake year-long service projects. He said that the best models for activities would receive special recognition by the White House.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.