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Feb. 9, 2009
For the second consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named Northwest to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The award recognizes exemplary service by student volunteers who take part in a wide range of humanitarian, charitable and civic initiatives.
Northwest was one of only 83 schools nationwide to earn the "with distinction" designation out of 635 institutions named to the Honor Roll. For a complete list, go to www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll .
"That our volunteer and service-learning programs have been chosen for this recognition two years in a row is a genuine tribute to the many Northwest students who offer their time, talent and leadership skills in ways that make our campus and the surrounding community a stronger, better and more caring place," said Amy Nally, Northwest's coordinator of volunteer programs, service learning and civic engagement.
"Being listed on the Community Service Honor Roll underscores our commitment to forging effective partnerships with our neighbors, and our belief that being a good student also means being a good citizen."
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.
"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the corporation's board of directors. "College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges. We salute Northwest for making community service a campus priority."
Colleges and universities are chosen for the award based on the scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of students who participate, incentives for service and the availability of academic service-learning courses.
Northwest's numerous volunteer and community service programs include Beautifying Residences Using Student Help (BRUSH); Alternative Spring Break, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service; and cooperative efforts involving more than 25 local and national agencies, such as the New Nodaway Humane Society, Maryville Ministry Center, Habitat for Humanity and the Nodaway County Senior Center.
The Honor Roll program is administered in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
"I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll," said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad. "College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day -- as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others."
In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to a Corporation for National and Community Service study.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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