Article has no nextliveshere tags assigned

Article has no topics tags assigned

Article has no colleges tags assigned

Description is empty

Article has no audiences tags assigned

Article has no units tags assigned

Contacts are empty

These messages will display in edit mode only.

Megan Church-Nally receives 2020 Jack Twyman Award for Service Learning

Awarded by the University of Cincinnati's Service Learning Steering Committee, the Jack Twyman Award for Service Learning recognizes a collaborative educational team or individual whose engagement in service learning exemplifies the Bearcat Bond and the values Jack Twyman demonstrated in his life.

portrait of Megan Church-Nally

Megan Church-Nally of UC's College of Arts and Sciences is recognized for bringing service learning into the classroom

The 2020 award goes to Megan Church-Nally, assistant professor-educator in psychology and organizational leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Along with teaching assistant Lexi Brown, Church-Nally leads a course called Foundations of Nonprofit and Community Leadership. In the course, students gain exposure and practical experience in the nonprofit world while generating fresh, workable ideas for fundraising, social media and promotion for local nonprofit organizations. Most recently, these included the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, Aubrey Rose Foundation, Children's Hunger Alliance, Stepping Stones, Special Olympics of Hamilton County and Ronald McDonald House.

By building ongoing relationships with local nonprofits, Church-Nally’s service-learning efforts foster UC’s urban impact, which is one element of the university’s strategic direction Next Lives Here.

What is service learning?

Service Learning is an approach to education that pushes students outside the classroom to produce work of real value to a community organization as part of a course.

Who was Jack Twyman?

As an undergraduate at UC, Jack Twyman was a standout member of the Bearcats basketball team. His accomplishments as a student-athlete led to a career as an NBA player and later analyst. In 1958, at age 23, Twyman, who was white, became legal guardian to Maurice Stokes, an African-American teammate who had suffered a paralyzing brain injury during the NBA season. Despite the difficult climate of race relations at the time and at great personal sacrifice, Twyman put the needs of his teammate and friend at the forefront of this life-altering decision. The award is inspired by Jack Twyman’s character, courage and service.

About Experience-Based Learning and Career Education

UC’s Service Learning program is housed in the division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education, which facilitates real-world work experiences for students, teaches students to prepare for their professional lives, and provides career services to students and alumni. The division also connects employers and external partners with the talent they seek in a variety of arrangements both inside and outside the classroom.

Service Learning at UC