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University Named To President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction

March 3, 2010  
 Filed in Community, Featured, Featured Events

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Springfield, Ohio – For the fourth straight year, Wittenberg University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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. One of just five Ohio schools named to the 2009 Honor Roll With Distinction, Wittenberg has earned recognition in each of the first four years of the program’s existence.

“Each year when I submit the application, I am humbled by the meaningful ways our students, faculty and staff serve in the local community and beyond,” Wittenberg Director of Community Service Kristen Collier said.

More than 700 colleges and universities were awarded spots on the honor roll lists 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. A full list is available at http://www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/higher_ed_honorroll.asp.

Wittenberg’s Office of Community Service highlighted several programs in 2009, starting with its annual spring service day, Celebrate Service. On April 18, more than 70 participants completed various service projects throughout the city of Springfield, working under the event theme of “Lend a Hand, Leave Your Mark.”

In addition, the office offered several special focus areas in 2009, highlighted by a partnership between Wittenberg’s chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Springfield’s Infusion Campus, an after-school education program that teaches children about the arts. Each week, multiple fraternity members spend up to eight hours volunteering their time, playing games, singing and dancing during classes. Not only did fraternity members volunteer their time, but they have also donated more than $1,100 to the Infusion Campus.

“Our continued inclusion on this list is only possible because Wittenberg’s students, faculty and staff truly exemplify this critical aspect of our mission,” said Wittenberg President Mark H. Erickson. “I also want to thank our many community partners who work closely with us in developing our students’ capacity for service and leadership.”

The Community Service 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 improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The organization 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.

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Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence

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