May 27, 2011
Northwest named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest has been named to the 2010 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.
This marks the fifth year Northwest has appeared on the listing, which the Corporation for National and Community Service has administered since 2006.
"Service learning projects allow our students to make an positive impact on Maryville, discover their strengths from serving others, and develop a connection and relationship with the community that adds an invaluable layer to their education," said Amy Nally, Northwest's director of volunteer programs. "We have great students at Northwest, and they really enjoy giving back to our community and to others. I am very proud of their commitment to community engagement."
Northwest students contributed more than 25,200 volunteer service hours to the community during the 2010-2011 academic year. Additionally, more than 70 percent of students actively participate in one or more of Northwest's 180 student organizations.
Among the service projects Northwest participated in during the academic year:
- About 600 students participated in Northwest's Beautifying Residences Using Student Help (BRUSH) project. Collaborating with Pride of Maryville on the daylong initiative, students painted three houses, pulled weeds, picked up trash, and raked and trimmed bushes at 10 Maryville properties. Students also laid new wood chips and trimmed bushes and trees along the nature park trails at Robert Crist Park. On the Northwest campus, students painted the University's Environmental Service paint shop building and raked the grounds.
- About 30 students participated in a reading and mentoring program with Horace Mann Laboratory School.
- Northwest's Alternative Spring Break organization traveled in March to Niceville, Fla., where they participated in several community-based projects associated with restoring the coastal ecosystem affected by last summer's Gulf Coast oil spill.
- The Northwest Chapter of Up ‘Til Dawn raised $3,860 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
CNCS recognized 641 colleges and universities this year for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. More than 850 institutions applied for honor roll, a nine percent increase over last year, which CNCS noted as a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities to engage students in making a difference in the community.
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.
Awards will be presented at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, La., next month. 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. According to the agency, in 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
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