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Cedar Crest Named to President’s Honor Roll

Cedar Crest College surpassed 27,000 hours of community service in 2010—its highest total ever—and once again earned a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This marks the fourth 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.

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The honor roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as presidential awardees, 114 named to the distinction list, and more than 500 additional schools named as honor roll members.

“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 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 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,” 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 presented in June at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans.