President to Speak About
Value of Community Service May 4 at MCCC
Windsor, N.J. - Wayne Meisel, founding president of the Corella
and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, will share his journey of
service in his presentation, "Serving Others,"
on Wednesday, May 4 at noon at Mercer County Community College.
This free lecture will be presented in the Communications
Building, Room 109, on the
West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The talk is
part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series.
Meisel oversaw the work of the Bonner Foundation for 21 years,
helping to launch it from an idea to a national leader in
the world of service and higher education. Based in Princeton,
the foundation's Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leader Programs
support community service-based scholarships for 2,500 students
at 85 colleges and universities throughout the country. Each
scholarship recipient performs up to 500 hours of community
service each year. Mercer County Community College is among
the region's schools that participate in the program.
The Foundation also provides more than $500,000 annually to
anti-poverty initiatives along the Trenton-New Brunswick corridor.
Prior to the Bonner Foundation, Meisel founded the Campus
Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), an international program
designed to inspire college students and graduates to lead,
sustain and challenge their peers to give back to their communities
and effect positive change. His efforts brought about coalitions
among individuals, campuses, local communities and all levels
of government that are today actively engaged in program conduct
and policy implementation.
has served on the national boards of directors for the Independent
Sector, COOL, and The New Grange School, a nationally acclaimed
school for youths with learning disabilities. He was also a founding
board member of the President's Commission on National and Community
Service and Teach for America. Time magazine identified him as a
primary architect for the Americorps Program.
Meisel graduated cum laude with a B.A. in government from Harvard
University. He was a John Harvard Scholar for highest academic achievement
and was named a John Finley Travelling Fellow. With this fellowship,
Meisel walked from Maine to Washington, D.C., to champion student
and campus involvement in community service.
He is the author of two books, "Building a Movement: Students
in Community Service" and "On Your Mark, Go Get Set: From
Student Ideas to Campus Action." He has edited two books of
quotes: "Men About Men" and "Light One Candle."
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, he currently serves
as the director of Faith and Service at the Cousins Foundation in
For more details about MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series, click
or call 609-570-3324.
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