Husson University Invited to Participate in President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge in Washington, D.C.

Date of Release: August 1, 2011

Husson University Student Kamil Suja, along with University Chaplain Sarah Pringle-Lewis, will travel to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to participate in a nation-wide event at the White House sponsored by President Barack Obama regarding interfaith cooperation and community service in higher education. The proposal competed with institutions of higher education from across the country and earned one of 300 invitations from the White House.

Suja and Greg Music, a graduate student, worked with Chaplain Pringle-Lewis to draft a comprehensive proposal that outlines how the University will commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on the Husson campus. Among the areas of focus are domestic poverty, educational opportunity, health services and healthy living.

The program will not only provide programming on campus, but will take Husson students into Maine communities to deliver services. The final project will involve working with area social service organizations to provide a day of service in a selected community.

“Our goal is to ensure each of our major areas of concentration, which include business, legal studies and health related fields, develop a way of addressing a particular community problem,” states Chaplain Pringle-Lewis.

According to the information provided by the White House, interfaith service involves individuals from different religious and non-religious backgrounds working collaboratively to tackle community challenges. The project targets involvement with higher education institutions as they provide an ideal setting for making a difference in the communities they serve.

“These difficult economic times continue to place a significant burden on Maine families, including access to higher education,” states Husson University President Robert Clark. “The initiatives that Kamil, Greg, and Chaplain Pringle-Lewis have developed will have an impact not only for current Husson students and their families, but future generations of Maine students who are struggling.”

For more information, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925.

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