Students' effort on Make a Difference Day earns Marietta award

Marietta College's students' foray into Make a Difference Day this fall was ambitious, but the impact was felt far and wide in the community.

Now that effort is being recognized as Marietta College was recently named one of the top 10 Make a Difference Day projects in Ohio for 2006.

"The high percentage of involvement from the campus community and the number of service sites made our project distinct," said Tanya Judd Pucella, director of Civic Engagement and assistant professor. "We had more than 230 students and more than 20 separate projects."

Marietta College is also a national finalist and could be featured in the April 15 issue of USA Weekend Magazine and its 600 carrier newspapers. Along with being highlighted in the magazine and papers, selected projects will be awarded $10,000 from charitable donations.

Marietta made the top 10 in Ohio after a group of VIP judges selected the best from Ohio after reviewing a list of 40 semifinalists. Judd Pucella said the commitment of Marietta College's students is what made this year's Make a Difference Day so special. Marietta College will receive a plaque at a volunteerism conference on March 15 for its efforts on Make a Difference Day.

"This certainly validates the hard work and planning of the students in Leadership 101 and Leadership 240, who developed the project ideas and planned the implementation," she said. "The Leadership students were joined by the Rainbow Alliance, the cross country team, Circle K, and many Greek organizations, including Chi Omega, Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, and Lambda Chi Alpha. It also speaks highly of the character of our student body."