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President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll cites Springfield College
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 24, 2010 – Springfield College 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. This marks the second consecutive year that the college has received the award.
Responding to the announcement, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said, “Service to others has been a core value at Springfield College throughout our 125-year history. It is an essential component of learning, student life, and the principles that guide our students and graduates. All of us at Springfield College who devote our ability, energy and time to building our community are honored by this recognition.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) selected awardees on the basis of the scope and innovation of their service projects, percentage of student participation in service, incentives for service, and the extent of academic service-learning courses.
Among the examples that Springfield College cited were that 3,281 of its 5,000 students performed community service, contributing almost 150,300 service hours in the year.
In the Springfield College AmeriCorps Program alone, from June 2008 to June 2009, 126 students served at more than 40 schools, health care facilities, community centers, and community-based organizations. They performed almost 86,000 hours of academic coaching; youth leadership development; health and in-school counseling; and volunteer recruitment, training and management. Altogether, they served more than 2,000 public school students and counseled more than 6,000 people.
The Springfield College AmeriCorps Program is supported in part by the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“Congratulations to Springfield College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of CNCS. “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.”
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 CNCS. Each year, the CNCS invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and support of training, research, recognition and other initiatives to spur college service.
The CNCS 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.