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Mount Earns National Recognition With Distinction for Community Service

May 23, 2011 -- The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Mount Saint Mary’s University with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for the College's outstanding service to greater Los Angeles.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to community service and civic engagement. It is the third consecutive year that Mount St. Mary's earned a place on the Honor Roll, but it is the first year that the College received the recognition with distinction. The distinction indicates that Mount St. Mary's displays a strong institutional commitment to service and has formed results-driven community partnerships. Mount St. Mary's, one of 114 schools across the country to receive the honor with distinction, congratulates the other fine institutions named in this category.

"It is a great privilege for Mount St. Mary's to be honored with distinction for the College's ongoing dedication to community service," said Mount St. Mary's President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The Mount actively engages students in service through programs that emphasize the importance of addressing real community needs and giving back to Los Angeles."

Mount St. Mary's was recognized for its exceptional student outreach programs that enrich communities throughout greater Los Angeles. The Student Ambassador program provides essential college preparatory and mentoring support to approximately 7,500 at-risk youth annually in the Los Angeles region. The College also organizes Live at The Mount, an outreach program that helps at-risk high school students experience a college campus, and popular Academic Service Learning programs which connect students to volunteer opportunities in neighboring communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the Honor Roll, which was launched in 2006, in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. The Honor Roll recipients are presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Congratulations to Mount Saint Mary’s University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service."

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5,000,000 Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

Since 2008, the Mount also has been recognized with the Community Engagement Classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the College's distinguished record of service.

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