Cedar Crest College Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll
Allentown, Pa. (April 18, 2012)—Cedar Crest College earned a spot on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This marks the fifth consecutive year Cedar Crest has been chosen to receive the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement in the local, national and international communities.
“We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service,” 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. Students at the schools we selected 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 courses. The Cedar Crest College continues to rack up more than 22,000 hours of community service year after year.
Per honor roll guidelines, Cedar Crest’s application for the recognition included information on exemplary community service endeavors such as the annual Day of Service, America Reads and Counts tutoring program, and The Ethical Life, a course for Cedar Crest students that teaches them about ethics, community and social justice, and includes a 28-hour service-learning component.
Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar said civic engagement is a major component of the College’s mission. In addition to the efforts listed above, the campus’ Lutz Center for Community Service works with numerous community agencies to provide students opportunities to make a difference.
“Cedar Crest College is pleased to be recognized for all of the time that the students, faculty and staff commit to the community both locally and nationally,” she said. “We believe that working in the community reinforces important lessons about leadership and collaboration that are addressed in our classrooms every day.”
Honor roll awards were recently presented at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans.
About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.