Lock haven, PA: The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Lock Haven University today with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Upon receiving notification of this honor, LHU President Keith T. Miller said, “I am very pleased that Lock Haven University’s commitment to community renewal and development has achieved this recognition for three consecutive years." Anne-Marie Turnage, Director of LHU’s MountainServe Center for Global Citizenship, added, “The receipt of this award demonstrates Lock Haven University’s commitment to civic engagement and the efforts of our faculty, students, and administration. It is an honor for me to work with them.”
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 based on a series of selection 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.
In 2007-2008, 3,152 Lock Haven University students performed 43,708.3 hours of service and service-learning through MountainServe Center programs. One of the programs listed in LHU’s application for Honor Roll membership is the Engaged Department Initiative, whose purpose is to deepen university/community partnerships through the strengths of individual academic disciplines and multi- disciplinary departments. Kids in the Kitchen is an afterschool program at the John Yost Center for youth who live in public housing. This weekly program focuses on geography, cultural diversity and nutrition. LHU’s Community Tutoring Program served 404 local youth at six community partnership sites.
Also highlighted on LHU’s application to the Honor Roll were the university’s Alternative Spring Break Service- learning programs. In 2007- 2008, LHU faculty and staff provided youth mentoring and development at the David School in eastern Kentucky, provided Katrina disaster relief and recovery in Long Beach, Mississippi and provided clinical health care and youth leadership development in the village of Ait Lekkak, Morocco.
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute Lock Haven University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.
“I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day – as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others,” said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.
Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students. The Corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters 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 www.nationalservice.gov.