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Towers magazine: Adventurous, Giving Spirit

Towers magazine: Adventurous, Giving Spirit

Editor's Note: This and other stories appear in the Fall 2016 edition of Towers Magazine, available online now.

Volunteering is a way of life for many Cardinals.

In the 44 years that Sharon Milligan ’65 taught at the University of Findlay, she used her summers to the fullest — backpacking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails, biking the TransAmerica Trail, doing mission work in Haiti after the earthquake, and more.

Now in her retirement, she has even more time for adventures. She started by committing two years to the Peace Corps, teaching at a school in an impoverished township in South Africa. And this summer, she was a visitor information volunteer at Yosemite National Park for the third time.

“Perhaps I’m a bit selfish because I always get more out of volunteering than I really give,” she said. “My mother was my role model, as she made volunteering a way of life and took me along with her sometimes.”

Milligan’s advice to others about being a lifelong learner, adventurer and volunteer is, “Enjoy today. That’s all we have. One of my favorite sayings is ‘The best is yet to come.’ So I am learning to enjoy the present and plan for future adventures.”

Read the Fall 2016 edition of Towers Magazine, online now.