All Together Now: Service. Community. Collaboration.
All Together Now:
Service. Community. Collaboration.

Whether it’s research with a professor or another student, or staging a performance, or pooling our efforts to help someone in need, or just living every day in the res halls—we are working together, figuring out what needs to be done, and doing it.

Student Stories
Curtis Edmonds
Curtis Edmonds
’15

Being able to serve as a senator for my class on the Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) for two years, as well as being an editor for the school newspaper, The Denisonian, I have learned that working together is a central part of the Denison experience.

Professors regularly assign group projects, and things on campus like D-Day, The Denisonian, and the Martin Luther King Day of Service would not be possible if it weren't for students—as well as faculty, staff, and administrators—working together to make them happen. When you come to Denison, you're coming in and leaving as a collaborator. Period.

I have learned that working together is a central part of the Denison experience.

Last fall semester, my soccer team and I went to a local apple orchard farm in Newark, Ohio. The couple that ran the orchard told us that if they didn’t pick all of their apples that they would lose their farm. After two hours of apple picking, my teammates and I picked more than 200 pounds in apples and even got to take a few back to Denison. We drove all the apples to a local church, where they were donated to local families in need.  The experience was so rewarding, because our team didn’t even know the couple, but they were so grateful that we helped them out. I think that this is a great example of collaboration. Not only did we get to help a local farm in need, we also got to spend time with one another. I will never forget this experience and I hope to do something like it again one day.

Not only did we get to help a local farm in need, we also got to spend time with one another.
Lauren Jay
Lauren Jay
’14

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Jackson Wu-Pong
Jackson Wu-Pong
’15

My Denison experience is founded on collaboration! Our committee system in DCGA (student government) forces class representatives to work together within their committee, with other committees, and their constituents. Further, I can achieve more by collaborating with other members of my fraternity than any one of us could do individually. And, as an assistant coach for the Women's Varsity Volleyball team, I can work with and learn from an amazing group of women through participation in a sport predicated on teamwork.

Even when studying, I work best when teaching and learning with my classmates. I can't imagine having as incredible of a Denison experience as I have without the influence of my peers, colleagues, and friends.

Even when studying, I work best when teaching and learning with my classmates.

Earlier this semester, I went to a Department of Communication colloquium, and I decided to ask several of the professors why they do what they do. The conversation I had with Dr. Gunn changed the way I think about my major. She entered Communication to change the world. I was intrigued by this idea of her career as a vocation. I never realized how communication theory could improve society. 

Dr. Gunn’s words inspired me to apply for summer research at Denison. I met with my summer research advisor, Dr. Kirkpatrick, to develop ideas for my project. Dr. Kirkpatrick helped me to focus my thinking, which, in my opinion, is one of the primary roles of a professor. This summer, I will explore the ways in which race and communication inform one another. Thanks to Dr. Gunn, I now know how powerful writing and research are. I hope my summer research project will have a small part in changing the world through communication.

Thanks to Dr. Gunn, I now know how powerful writing and research are.
Megan McCormick
Megan McCormick
’15

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