Ada Community Engagement Day
"Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can."
– John Wesley, Founder, United Methodist Church
Ada Community Engagement Day, or ACE Day, is a University tradition held on the Saturday of Welcome Weekend. ACE Day provides an opportunity for incoming freshmen to serve the Ada community, their new home for the next four, five or six years. Projects include a variety of tasks, such as painting, gardening, washing fire trucks and more. In 2015, about 280 students and 43 members of faculty and staff participated in the festivities. This year, ACE Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Students from a variety of majors and programs come together, and, while the sites are not necessarily linked to a particular major, many of our students find the link between service and their chosen academic paths. One student wrote:
I think that it is important to work with others, develop personal relationships and be accepting of everybody. This can be related to my major, pharmacy, in the sense that when working with a patient, it is important to develop close relationships. You want open communication between the patient and yourself, and, no matter what your differences are, you will still have to work with and help them any way you can.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet new friends and make a difference in your home away from home. Explore the different parts of town in which you will spend the next few academic years. If you are a pharmacy major, three of the five required community service hours for the semester can be accomplished in one day – and for a great cause. While at Ohio Northern University and preparing for your career, it is important to remember the words of Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”