Saint Leo is Named to The Community Service Honor Roll

February 10, 2009

Saint Leo is Named to The Community Service Honor Roll The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Saint Leo University with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

“The students, faculty, and staff of Saint Leo University are all pleased that we have again been honored with a place on the Community Service Honor Roll,' said President Arthur F. Kirk Jr., Ed.D. “Saint Leo is guided by six core values, including service to every community where we teach, along with excellence, respect, personal development, integrity, and responsible stewardship. The types of service-learning activities and volunteer projects that are affirmed by the Community Service Honor are an important part of everyday life at Saint Leo, and we have been included on the list of honorees every year since the Honor Roll’s inception.'

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.
Saint Leo University was recognized for its multiple, ongoing opportunities for service throughout the 2007-08 academic year. The University’s Community Service Day held each spring and fall semester at the main campus. This day off from classes gives students and faculty the opportunity to fan out to area- helping agencies that need volunteers for specific projects. The volunteers choose from more than 30 locations, ranging from the local domestic violence shelter to affordable-housing construction projects and area churches.

Students at Saint Leo also pursue volunteer projects during their spring break, in addition to finding ways to help the community during the regular academic semester.

“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 Saint Leo 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.