FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790
CEDAR CREST COLLEGE NAMED TO PRESIDENT’S COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR ROLL IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS
Allentown, PA (February 10, 2009)—For the second time in two years, Cedar Crest College has been named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Cedar Crest received the recognition at the American Council on Education’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on February 9.
“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 Cedar Crest College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
Cedar Crest’s application for the recognition included key community service endeavors such as The Second Mile Friend Program—a collaborative program between Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg College in which students work with children from the Allentown School District by serving as role models; The Ethical Life, a course for Cedar Crest sophomores that teaches them about ethics, community and social justice, and includes a 28-hour service-learning component; The I.M.P.A.C.T. Project, in which students regularly mentor at-risk youths; Community Bike Works, during which Cedar Crest students tutor and mentor children in grades 1-12. Based on the level of progress of participants, they become eligible for prizes and parts for bikes they can build during the Build-A-Bike program; and Box City, a program held during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in which Cedar Crest students “live” outdoors in a box overnight to learn what it’s like to be homeless. As part of this program, items such as blankets and non-perishable food items are donated to charity.
The campus takes its role as a community service leader in the Lehigh Valley very seriously, said Tammy E. Bean, director of community service programs. In addition to the efforts listed above, the campus’ Lutz Center for Community Service has a host of programs available year around that afford students opportunities to make a difference in the community.
“Cedar Crest College is very happy 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 partnership with the community is a very valuable educational tool for the students and it is a huge part of our mission.”
About the Corporation for National and Community Service Honor Roll
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.