Honor Roll for Community Service Awarded to Marywood University

Published on Wed, February 18, 2009

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Marywood University with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.   

"I am delighted that Marywood's commitment to our core value of service has been recognized in this way. As a university community, we are steeped in a strong tradition of active engagement for the common good. I am very proud of our students, faculty and staff. They are living expressions of the mission of Marywood University," said Sister Anne Munley IHM, President of Marywood University.

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. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including 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.

In the 2007-2008 academic year there were 2,652 Marywood University students engaged in 60,000 hours of service. Building on Marywood's core values, students have an array of opportunities to participate in service learning activities. For example, every November, Marywood students in conjunction with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, participate in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. During this week, students collect personal care items, participate in a hunger walk, host dinners, banquets, and campaigns, and sleep out in Downtown Scranton overnight. Marywood University also encourages students to participate in national and international service trip programs that serve communities in need including Guatemala, Africa, Philadelphia, and Camden, N.J. For a complete list of partners, please visit the Campus Ministry website.

"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute Marywood University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."

Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members.  In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education. 

"I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 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," said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation's Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America's college students. The Corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.