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Cedar Crest College Named to President’s
Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction
Allentown, Pa. (March 17, 2010)— Cedar Crest College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, marking the third 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. The honor roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as presidential awardees, with an additional 115 named to the distinction list and 621 schools named as honor roll members. In 2009, Cedar Crest College students dedicated nearly 25,000 hours of service to the community both locally and nationally.
Students bake desserts for local homeless shelter.
“Congratulations to Cedar Crest College 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 courses.
Per honor roll guidelines, Cedar Crest’s application for the recognition included information on general community service endeavors such as 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, as well as participation in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and other days of service throughout the year. It also highlighted activities designed for youths from disadvantaged circumstances including an annual Earth Day celebration, the I.M.P.A.C.T. project, in which Cedar Crest students regularly mentor at-risk youths, and 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 Second Mile program provides a safe environment where children can play and have fun without having to worry about school or homework,” said Cedar Crest Sophomore Victoria Klaus, who participates in the Second Mile Friend program. “In many cases the children that participate do not have a member of their family who has been to college, and so this provides the children with an opportunity to spend time with a college student and learn a bit about the benefits of higher education.”
Cedar Crest College 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 pleased to be recognized for all of the time that the students, faculty and staff commit to the community both locally and nationally, and we were most excited this year to be named to the President’s Honor Roll with Distinction,” she said. “We believe that working in partnership with the community is a very valuable educational tool for the students and it is a major part of our mission.”
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.
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