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Bonner Founding President to Speak About
Value of Community Service May 4 at MCCC


4/13/11


West 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.

Wayne Meisel
 

Meisel 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 Atlanta, Ga.

For more details about MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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