The naming of the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning will be celebrated in 10 a.m. ceremonies Sept. 14 at the Center, 1024 Hill St.
In 1999, the University received a $5 million endowment gift honoring alumnus Edward Ginsberg, a Cleveland corporate and real estate lawyer and internationally known humanitarian who died in 1997. The gift was made by his son William and his wife, Inger, and other members of the Ginsberg family to recognize Edward Ginsbergs commitment to community service and humanitarian causes.
The University of Michigan has a long tradition of community service and learningfrom the 19th-century educational efforts of John Dewey to the students in the 1960s who helped formulate the Peace Corps idea to the active involvement of thousands today, notes Center Director Barry N. Checkoway. This extraordinary gift enables us to take this work to the next level and increase efforts to strengthen student learning, involve the faculty and build University-community partnerships. It also builds on support from institutional leaders and signals a strong commitment by the University to service and learning.
Speakers at the ceremony include Checkoway, who also is professor of social work and of urban planning; Eli Segal, chair of the Centers National Board and president and CEO of Welfare to Work Partnership; Provost Nancy Cantor; LS&A undergraduate student Renee Graef; sociology major Adrienne Hunter; Regent Olivia Maynard, co-chair of the Centers Board; President Lee C. Bollinger; and William Ginsberg.
When the Regents approved the renaming of the Center in November 1999, Maynard noted, I know from my own personal experience as a Michigan student that when community participation is an integral part of a university education, the effects can last a lifetime.
Edward Ginsbergs life exemplified the values of community involvement and active citizenship that the Center seeks to foster. Throughout his life he devoted himself to Israeli and Jewish activities in the United States and around the world. Following World War II, he played an important role raising funds for the establishment and support of Israel, working directly with such world figures as Golda Meir and Itzak Rabin. In the 1960s and 70s, Ginsberg was general chairman and then president of the national United Jewish Appeal, and chairman of the American Joint Distribution Committee.
Activities celebrating the naming of the Center also include a block party 36 p.m. at the Center, featuring entertainment, food, issue/education tables and an opportunity to register to vote.
The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning brings together several of the nations leading curricular and co-curricular programs and undertakes new initiatives in communities in Michigan and nationwide.
For more information, call (734) 647-7402 or visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~mserve.