Dr. Alan Penczek Receives Award for Donation
Dr. Alan Penczek received a one-of-a-kind “Most Impactful Supporter” award from Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic (CCMA) during the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) conference at the University of Maryland, College Park on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Dr. Penczek, a longtime supporter of the Compact, served as the main liaison between Stevenson University and CCMA while he was both a faculty member teaching philosophy and the Service-Learning Coordinator. The support and faculty development he received from CCMA during his tenure made a lasting impression on him as he saw firsthand the goals and mission of CCMA being realized in students’ lives. Dr. Penczek says he was in a “unique and privileged position to see just how valuable credit-bearing service-learning is.” After his retirement, he decided to make an annual contribution to CCMA to continue and grow this type of learning in the region.
In December 2019, Dr. Alan Penczek will have given a total of $1 million to CCMA making him CCMA’s most impactful donor. The mission of CCMA aligns with his own values of bolstering academic learning with service-learning that deepens students’ experiences. As Dr. Penczek explains, a deeper education is worth investing in: “Education is what’s going to enable the next generation to succeed and prosper…. One of the things that research shows is if you want to predict whether an individual prospers, or whether a nation prospers, the single greatest indicator is educational level. So in terms of investing in our own future – our country’s future – education is so important. Anything that’s going to make the educational process more effective or meaningful to the student is perhaps the single wisest investment we can make.”
Dr. Penczek hopes his gifts inspire others to give to CCMA, which engages in furthering this essential work to engage students in deepening their learning experiences, further the public purposes of higher education, and strengthen the capacity of member institutions to meaningfully engage with their communities.