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CEDAR CREST COLLEGE RECEIVES PRESIDENT'S HONOR ROLL AWARD FOR SERVICE
School Honored for Distinguished Community Service
Allentown, PA (February 19, 2008) - The Corporation for National and Community Service named Cedar Crest College to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.
"It truly is an honor to receive this award," says Tammy Bean, director of the Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest College. "It is a testament to the dedication of our students to contribute to the community in a positive way and to the College's commitment to foster a sense of civic engagement in them."
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 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.
For the 2006-2007 academic year, more than 65 percent of Cedar Crest's students engaged in roughly 24,600 total hours of community service. Of those students, nearly half logged 20 or more hours in each semester.
The Lutz Center, directed by Bean and staffed by students, organizes dozens of service opportunities every year including programs that educate campus and community about pertinent issues like homelessness (National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week) and violence against women (V-Day Campaign). Other programs focus on serving the youth population and working with partner agencies throughout the Lehigh Valley with programs like Reader's Theatre, Community Bike Works, the Second Mile Friend program and the IMPACT program.
In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, "Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country."
Overall, the Community Service Honor Roll awarded six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, four schools were recognized as Special Achievement Award winners, 127 as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 528 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
"There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the Honor Roll award are themselves being rewarded," said American Council on Education President David Ward. "Earning this distinction is not easy. But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor."
The 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 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, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.