CSU Again Earns National Recognition for Community Service

COLUMBUS, Ga - The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Columbus State University with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary community service – again.

With more than 300,000 volunteer hours logged last year, this is the fourth time CSU has achieved the national recognition since the Honor Roll’s inception in 2006.

The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement. Selection is reserved only for those institutions that demonstrate relevant and meaningful service in their communities based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation 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.

Institutions are selected for achievement in four categories: general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity, and education. Columbus State was honored in the general community service category.

“This award is a testament to students’ hard work and their passion for community service that makes the Chattahoochee Valley a better place to live, work and play,” said Anne Vogler Brown, Community Outreach Advisor for the Office of Community Outreach in CSU’s Center for Career Development.

Students, faculty, and staff contributed more than 330,000 community service hours to the surrounding community in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Columbus State’s Office of Community Outreach, which was recently transitioned from the Volunteer Program, helps facilitate faculty, staff, and student volunteerism through its annual Day of Service, monthly Cougar Service Days, Alternative Spring Break, and Cougarthon. The office also lists more than 80 community contacts in the Partner Agency Directory that puts students in direct contact with nonprofit agencies in the county and region.

A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. A full list is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll.