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Press Release: DeSales Honored for Leadership in Character Education
Date: 4/10/2006

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DeSales Honored for Leadership in Character Education

DeSales University was honored with the Russell C. Hill Award, in recognition of its outstanding leadership in the field of character education, during the National Learning for Life Conference held in Irving, Texas, recently.

Rev. Bernard F. O'Connor, OSFS, DeSales president, Dr. Brian Kane, chairperson in the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales, and faculty members Dr. Larry Chapp and Dr. Rodney Howsare, associate professors in the department, attended the conference and received the award.

More than 200 teachers, school administrators, curricula specialists, staff developers, school board members, Learning for Life executives, and representatives of community groups attended the conference.

Learning for Life, established in 1991, is an educational program designed to meet the critical needs of young people as they face the ever-growing challenges of today's society. Its mission is to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership and life skills, so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.

The Honorable Togo West, Jr., president and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies of Washington, D.C., and chairman of the national committee for Learning for Life, presented the award. Executive Director of Learning for Life John Anthony, '76, also was present at the ceremony.

The Russell C. Hill Award is given to a group or designated individuals who work in character development in America. The award recognizes individuals or organizations making an outstanding contribution to character education at the local, state or national level that is added to the quality of life for families through Learning for Life programs. DeSales University's Department of Philosophy and Theology has been reviewing and updating this curriculum, which took a year to complete.

"Character development is key," said Father O'Connor. "I'm very proud of the philosophy and theology department for building and improving their curriculum."

According to Father O'Connor, Learning for Life, the Boy Scouts of America, and various Exploring Programs work together and focus their energy on America's greatest resource. Learning for Life developed a curriculum on character development that has served over 15 million people through worksite and school programs, from kindergarten age to young adult and their families. The Lehigh Valley alone has over 19,000 people participate in Learning for Life activities each year.

Nominees for the Russell C. Hill Award are reviewed by committees of local Learning for Life offices. The offices determine the criteria and procedures for granting the award.

Russell Chilton Hill, a prominent businessman from San Antonio, Texas, devoted most of his time and fortune promoting character education, based on his "Freedoms Code," which earned him the Freedom Foundation's Honor Medal. He pledged to fight for public support for the development of character in youth of the nation. Learning for Life established this award to honor Hill's outstanding achievement in the character education field.

Press Release: DeSales Honored for Leadership in Character Education | Posted on: 4/10/2006

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
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DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

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