Community Service Efforts Win CSU National Recognition

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Columbus State University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

“In a community that supports its university so well, it is not only appropriate that we endorse a spirit of giving back but imperative that we do so,” said CSU President Frank Brown. “It is our good fortune that our students, faculty and staff support the concept of returning some measure of that with which we have been blessed to our friends and neighbors. All of us are richer when we lend a hand to those who need our help.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen by the Corporation for National and Community Service based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Columbus State University was named to the honor roll on the basis of computations from the university’s career center that showed CSU faculty, staff and students contributed 138,800 hours to the community last year. That figure includes class and individual projects from all over campus, including the Cougar Partners at Work and Service, a student volunteer program operated from CSU’s Career Center. Student work accounted for more than 132,000 hours of services; faculty and staff contributed 6,730 hours.

Another good example of CSU community service is its Servant Leadership Program. Since it began in 1999, participating students have given more than 60,000 hours of service to the program and the Columbus community. In congratulating the winners in San Diego this weekend, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”

Overall, the Community Service Honor Roll awarded six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, four schools were recognized as Special Achievement Award winners, 127 as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 528 schools were recognized. A full list is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

“There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the Honor Roll award are themselves being rewarded,” said American Council on Education President David Ward. “Earning this distinction is not easy. But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor.”

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that committed to improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.