Heidelberg events to honor MLK legacy

Dec 4, 2012

IDr. Sharon Perry-Nausen the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”

Although the university will be closed, the Heidelberg community will endeavor to transform King’s life and teachings into action during a “day on” in service rather than a “day off” in rest on Martin Luther King Day Jan. 21.

Students, faculty and staff will spread out in local churches, agencies and organizations in need to perform community service projects. The Heidelberg community will join Americans of every age and background in service to strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers and create solutions.

The day of service begins at 12:30 p.m. with an opening ceremony in the Wickham Great Hall.

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”

Monday evening, Jan. 21, the campus is invited to the Tiffin-Seneca County community dinner and service to celebrate King’s life. Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St. Vans will depart campus at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for dinner by Thursday, Jan. 17, and can be emailed to Amanda Atchison, coordinator of multicultural affairs, at aatchiso@heidelberg.edu.

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

The campus community will come together again on Tuesday, Jan. 22, for the annual MLK celebration. The program begins at 11 a.m. in Ohl Concert Hall. Dr. Sharon Perry-Nause, director of institutional diversity and assistant professor of management at Tiffin University, will offer a call to action.
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”

At TU, Perry-Nause also is the chair of the University Diversity Committee and has served as a member of several institutional committees including faculty development and retention. During her tenure, the university has earned recognition for increases in black student graduation rates.

Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, an affiliate of American Council of Education. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee, which focuses on identifying, analyzing and articulating implications of federal and state policies that impact diversity, equity and inclusion in U.S. higher education.

Perry-Nause is a peer reviewer for the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, a multidisciplinary periodical that offers research findings, theory and promising practices, which assist institutions of higher education in the pursuit of inclusive excellence.

Her research interests include social development centered on the concept of identity by Erik Erikson, structural diversity, organizational transformation, classroom diversity and adult learning theory. Her mission, which fully fosters reflective thinking, allows learners the opportunity to think about complex challenges or issues from different perspectives.

For additional information on any of the MLK Day programs, contact Amanda Atchison or Paul Stark.

“Be the peace you wish to see in the world.”