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OWU Sophomore Receives Prestigious Ping Service Award


March 30, 2001

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Jose Daniel Estrada was selected as one of this year's Charles J. Ping Student Service Awardees. The award is sponsored annually by the Ohio Campus Compact, a 45-member organization including those Ohio colleges and universities that support and encourage participation in community and public service. Awardees are undergraduates at these institutions and are recognized as outstanding community service leaders in their campus and community environments.

"Daniel is described best as a builder of bridges between our campus and the ever-growing Hispanic community," says OWU President Tom Courtice, who nominated Daniel for the award. Mexican by birth, Daniel grew up in San Antonio, Texas, speaking Spanish as his first language and understanding the loneliness resulting from that language barrier. His Latino Outreach program encompasses tutoring children who speak only Spanish at an elementary school near OWU; attending parent-teacher conferences for translation purposes; and, upon their request, tutoring parents as well. He also assists families with potential employment opportunities and educational goals.

"Even in the long-standing service tradition of Ohio Wesleyan, I can think of no finer example of student humanitarianism," says Courtice.

Daniel and his fellow awardees from three Ohio colleges were invited to attend the awards ceremony on March 31 during the Ohio Campus Compact Student Spring Symposium at Wright State University.