HOLDEN WINS HOCH AWARD FOR MELDING SERVICE WITH LEARNING
Dr. Brett Holden, theatre and film, has fully captured the essence of “service-learning” in his teaching and his co-curricular activities. As a true believer in the equal and complementary value of both service and learning, he has woven service into his literature and film courses in such a way that students are engaged to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world issues off campus — specifically, the challenges of veterans and active-duty service people and their families.
His dedication to serving the needs of these populations while educating a new generation of citizens about the realities of war and military service has earned him the David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service. The award was presented by Ohio Campus Compact, a nonprofit membership organization of 41 Ohio colleges and universities working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education. The Hoch award honors the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.
The Hoch award is the latest in a number of recognitions Holden has received for his work with military service people and the agencies that support them. He has used his position at the University to make students, faculty and staff more aware of both the contributions and the needs of those who have served their country while giving service members an outlet for sharing their experience.