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Penn State DuBois Receives Presidential Community Service Award

2/25/2010 —

DuBois – Penn State DuBois has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.

"Congratulations to Penn State DuBois and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the 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. 

"Great pride is the first thought that came to my mind in learning that the campus had been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll," said Chancellor Anita McDonald.  "Penn State DuBois has had a long tradition of community engagement and service and I am very pleased that the students, faculty and staff have received this prestigious national recognition for their hard work and commitment to serving our region." 

Some of the contributions Penn State DuBois has made to community service include the Martin Luther King Day of Service, where students spend the holiday volunteering with charities.  Club events such as an annual haunted house and Breakfast with Santa provide family entertainment in the community, while raising funds for local causes.  Also, many students have provided their own skills and talents to directly impact the community through personal interaction.  Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, for example, spent 1,050 hours last year volunteering at elementary schools to instruct children in handwriting enrichment.  All told, Penn State DuBois students logged 5,613 hours of service or service-learning hours last year.

Nation-wide, college students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

For more information, and a complete list of institutions recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, visit www.nationalservice.gov

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