March 1, 2010
Northwest receives national recognition for community service, named to President's Honor Roll
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest 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.
The award will be presented at both the American Council on Education Annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., in March and the National Conference of Volunteering and Service Conference in New York in June.
"For Northwest volunteer and service learning programs to be awarded such a prestigious award is truly an amazing tribute to Northwest students for their dedication, leadership skills and their commitment to fostering partnerships to better our campus and community," said Amy Nally, Northwest's director of volunteer programs. "We are definitely seeing more students become civically engaged and through their service, the students have blended the Northwest Family into surrounding communities with their passion to make a difference."
In addition to promoting the 2010 Census and participating in Martin Luther King Day events, Northwest students have participated in:
- BRUSH (Beautifying Residences Using Student Help), a project begun in 2004 during which Northwest students spend the better part of a weekend completing landscaping, painting and other home improvement projects. BRUSH is scheduled this year for Saturday, April 17.
- "Be The Change Week," a program that involves students participating in campus and community-wide service projects. The event is scheduled this year for April 12-16.
- A tutoring program that pairs elementary education majors with at-risk, low-income students, single-parent homes and foster homes with individuals who have delay learning disabilities.
- Northwest's Nonprofit, Leadership & Management course, funded by Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Campus Compact; the class awards grant money to assist the nonprofit agencies of Nodaway County.
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.
"Congratulations to Northwest Missouri 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.
A full list of Honor Roll recipients is at http://www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/higher_ed_honorroll.asp.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 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. 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. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
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