Mount Named to Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service
Feb. 9, 2009 --The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Mount Saint Mary’s University today with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to the greater Los Angeles community.
"Community service is a hallmark of our students' liberal arts education," says Mount St. Mary's President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The Mount actively engages students in service both through coursework and programs outside of the classroom that place them in mentoring and other service roles in the community."
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.
Mount St. Mary's offers an exceptional array of activities for its students to enrich the greater Los Angeles area during their college years. The Student Ambassador program, for example, provides essential college preparatory support and mentorship to more than 7,000 at-risk youth annually in the L.A. region. The College also runs the mentoring efforts Project THINK (Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, Nurturing Kids) for children in grades three through eight, and Operation ROCK (Reaching Out, Challenging Kids) for ninth-through 12th-graders.
Other Mount St. Mary's initiatives include community aid through service-learning coursework, feeding the homeless, organizing environmental clean-up projects, conducting oral histories with retired Sisters of St. Joseph and other seniors, and hosting fundraisers for local charities.
"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," says Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute Mount Saint Mary’s 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."
A full list of Honor Roll members 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," says 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.