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Mount Saint Mary’s University named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Contact:Phillip Jordan
Email: pjordan@msmu.edu
 

Los Angeles / March 7, 2013 — The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Mount Saint Mary’s University to its 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The honor was officially announced this week at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Only 113 higher-education institutions earned recognition on the Honor Roll with Distinction, and Mount St. Mary's was one of only a dozen colleges in California to achieve the status.

"I am so proud of all our students, faculty and staff who provide the leadership for our service initiatives at the Mount," says Mount St. Mary's President Ann McElaney-Johnson. "Our College's mission includes fostering a spirit of service in our students. We are so honored to receive this recognition on behalf of our students."

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in campus-community partnerships. The Honor Roll's Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

At Mount St. Mary's, students engage in community service in a number of ways, including the College's Mount Ambassadors. Having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Student Ambassador Program is designed to motivate inner-city high school students to complete high school and to aspire to a college education. Mount St. Mary's students work with thousands high school students, and in some cases their parents, to answer questions that pertain to the college application process, preparation for college, college life, financial aid, and provide assistance to the high school counselors.

The College also organizes Live at the Mount, a program that helps high school students experience a college campus, and students participate annually in the Mount's Invitation to Serve day of community service. The College's Women's Leadership Program offers a variety of service and leadership opportunities for students, as well.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered its annual service awards since 2006.

"Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority," says U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Civic engagement should be a key component of every student's education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens."

More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Founded in 1925, Mount Saint Mary’s University is a Catholic, liberal arts college offering undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The mission of Mount Saint Mary’s University is to provide a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. For more information, go to www.msmc.la.edu or call 310.954.4000.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Through the agency's Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, CNCS gives education institutions access to tens of thousands of AmeriCorps alumni with millions of dollars in Segal Education Awards for tuitions and fees. For more information, visit http://www.NationalService.gov.

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