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Kent State Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

Posted Mar, 15, 2010

Kent State University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Photo of Kent State University students in Spencer, W.Va.“Kent State is proud of its community service programs made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members,”said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “The university believes strongly in the tradition of giving back and engaging students beyond the classroom. Through community service opportunities, our students develop leadership skills and the understanding that individuals can indeed make a difference in their communities. In 2007-2008, Kent State students contributed more than $600,000 to communities through volunteer service programs.”

Three of Kent State’s campuses were named to the list: Kent, Stark and Tuscarawas.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.  

“Congratulations to Kent State University 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.”

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. 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. For a full list of Honor Roll recipients, visit http://www.learnandserve.gov/pdf/10_0225_lsa_honorrollfulllist.pdf.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more 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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Photo Caption:
Students from Kent State University participated in an immersion trip to Spencer, W.Va., where they cleaned properties, chopped firewood, built shelters and bonded with members of the community. More trips are planned for Spring Break 2010.

Media Contact:
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595