“Ohio Campus Compact, a non-profit membership organization of 43 Ohio colleges and universities today announced John Carroll University professor Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Finucane has been awarded the 2014 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service. The Award honors the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.
A member of the Department of Communication at John Carroll University, Dr. Finucane has integrated service-learning into several courses she has taught, including Interpersonal Communication where students tutored children from an impoverished urban community. Her interdisciplinary service-learning course, Cultivating Community, explored the economic, political, historical and religious complexities of poverty in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. Her work evolved into the Jesuit Day of Service, which now includes the 10 Jesuit institutions of Northeast Ohio.
From 2006 until this summer, Dr. Finucane has served as Director of the Center for Service and Social Action at John Carroll University in addition to her role as a faculty member. In this capacity, she has broadened and deepened the scope of service and service-learning across campus and left a lasting mark on the institution.”