Vienna, W.Va.—This October, Ohio Valley University had the honor of being the first university in the country to start an iSTAND Student Network, which works in support of iSTAND Parent Network, Inc. to end International Parent Child Abduction (IPCA).
Each year, nearly one thousand American children are internationally abducted by one of their parents. OVU students will now begin to combat this crime alongside parents who are working to bring their children home. Some of OVU’s brightest have already been recruited and have generated ideas on advocacy, fundraising, and policy reform.
Keith Parkman, OVU senior, shares his views on the importance of this mission: “I believe in the work of iSTAND because it is a network of families working together to end this terrible crime. It is an inspiration to work alongside parents whose children have been abducted and to assist them in educating, uplifting, and uniting families across the country.”
OVU’s iSTAND is led and operated by Dr. Noelle Hunter, Dean of Students, and James Burt, Assistant to Student Life. Ohio Valley looks forward to working with this organization to change the lives of those in need.
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.