February 09, 2009

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll today for its exemplary service-learning efforts and service to America’s communities.

“Success and service reinforce each other at Bucknell, and help our students apply the broad knowledge of a liberal arts education however their passion drives them,” said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. “Today’s students are global citizens who will lead the way tomorrow as the world addresses economic, social and environmental turmoil.”

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 are 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.

Katrina Recovery Team
Among Bucknell’s community service contributions is the annual Bucknell Katrina Recovery Team effort to help residents rebuild in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.

A recent community impact report showed that more than 75 percent of Bucknell students are involved in service to some degree, with at least 60 percent participating on a regular basis, said Poppy Goforth, director of community service. Bucknell students contributed more than $200,000 and 52,000 service hours to local, national and international organizations during the 2007-08 academic year.

“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 Bucknell for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”

Honor Roll members
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. || See
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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.

Importance of service-learning
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.

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he 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, visit National Service.

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