CSU Volunteerism Efforts Recognized Nationally

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University, recently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, will engage faculty, staff, students and alumni in a third annual Day of Service from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 22.


CSU will shuttle volunteers from Mock Pavilion, on main campus, to projects in the Highland Community in northwest Columbus and to CSU’s RiverPark campus to assist with the 2011 Greater Columbus Heart Walk in downtown Columbus Prospective CSU Day of Service participants can register online at http://ColumbusState.edu/DayofService.

The President’s Honor Roll designation marks Columbus State’s fourth consecutive year on the federal list and the first year to win recognition “with distinction,” referring to “a long-term and deep commitment to working alongside communities near and far.”

Columbus State’s Center for Career Development reports the university contributed 303,359 service hours to the surrounding community during the past academic year. The total includes the 2010 Day of Service effort. A breakdown shows 7,763 students, representing about 94 percent of CSU’s student body, accounted for 282,351 hours, while 779 faculty and staff members logged 20,775 hours.

Beyond the Day of Service, the center facilitates faculty, staff and student volunteerism through its annual Volunteer Opportunities Fair and its Cougar Partners at Work and Service Program.

Honor roll criteria is based on such factors as 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 courses with service learning components.

Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez, assistant director of the career center, said CSU's 2010-2011 volunteer efforts focused on "innovation in early childhood and summer learning."

For example, the College of Education and Health Professions' Summer Spectacular had teacher education majors working daily with children, ages 4-11, throughout June. Honors Program students provided after-school tutoring and weekly guest speakers for at-risk children in grades 3-5 at Booker T. Washington Learning Center. The CSU group also engaged the children in public speaking presentations and raised funds to build shelves for student workbooks.   Separately, Servant Leadership students tutored at-risk students at Hannan Elementary.

CSU is among 114 of 651 honor roll schools to earn the “with distinction” designation. The category includes four other Georgia schools: Georgia College and State University, Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College and Wesleyan College. The Corporation for National and Community Service administers the honor roll in collaboration with other federal agencies.

For more on the CSU Day of Service, contact Christopher Bryant at bryant_christopher@ColumbusState.edu or 706-507-8760.