Maryville College named to President’s Honor Roll for Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently honored Maryville College with a place on the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

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 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 Maryville College for making community service a campus priority and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”

This is the third consecutive year that Maryville College has been named to the honor roll.

A commitment to service in the community is a top priority, said Preston Fields, director of volunteer services at the College.

“The College shows this commitment through sectioned classes that encourage the student body to become active participants in serving others and volunteering where needed,” he explained. “There are many different student-run clubs and organizations that undertake large acts of volunteerism - service that includes, for example, the building of Habitat for Humanity houses and volunteering at an orphanage in Ecuador this past year.

“The College demonstrated consistent and steady service every week with 25 different local agencies such as the Boy Scouts of America and Keep Blount Beautiful,” Fields added. “Every week, the College logs over 1,000 hours of volunteerism in the community.”

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.

For more information on Maryville College’s service initiatives, contact Fields at 865.981.8122 or preston.fields@maryvillecollege.edu.

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.

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