The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Delta State University today 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 pleased that Delta State has been recognized to receive this prestigious honor” stated Dr. John Hilpert, President of Delta State University. “I am proud of our many faculty members who are committed to promoting community involvement and getting students to participate in such worthwhile initiatives. Delta State University has a long history of successful partnerships with local communities and we remain committed to serving the citizens of our region. Receiving national recognition for our efforts is very rewarding,” Hilpert concluded.
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.
The DSU Delta Center for Culture and Learning through its Office of Student and Community Engagement and the Delta Volunteers (a United Way agency) sponsored several service events in January and last September to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and September 11, respectively. The Delta Center also sponsors the Lighthouse Heritage After-School Program at D.M. Smith Middle School, which provides tutoring, arts and heritage activities each year to low income students. Delta State has long been a leader in service-learning and civic engagement in the community. Last year, students clocked 70, 483 service hours. Delta State also offers around 25 courses each semester that incorporate service into the curriculum. For more information about the Delta Center call 662-846-4311.
“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 Delta State 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.