President's Community Service Honor Roll
Lebanon Valley College was named among top national higher education institutions to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
“The prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes our students in a national context,” said Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, Lebanon Valley College president. “The College has a long-standing commitment to service and it is important that the work we do be affirmed and recognized as an example for other colleges and universities. I could not be happier for our students who continue to inspire me and others with their ethos of service.”
This commendation is especially timely as 31 Lebanon Valley College students willingly gave up their free time during spring break to volunteer in the rebuilding of Point Pleasant, N.J., an area devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. Other projects highlighted by the College during the award process were Relay for Life, Lebanon Valley Education Partnership, Migrant Education Program, Habitat for Humanity, and Wounded Warriors.
“We congratulate the awardees and the students for their dedication to service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the award since 2006. The award was inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. “These institutions have inspired students and faculty alike to roll up their sleeves and work alongside members of the community to solve problems and improve their neighbors’ lives.”
Of the nearly 5,000 American institutions of higher education, Lebanon Valley College was among the 690 schools named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said 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.”
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country—a contribution valued at $2.5 billion. Lebanon Valley College students served more than 20,000 community service hours during the 2011–2012 academic year.
“Across the nation, in the communities in which HUD works, I’ve seen many students who have committed themselves to assisting individuals and strengthening neighborhoods,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. “HUD congratulates these institutions and is honored to be part of this effort that recognizes colleges and their students for putting the common good before personal gain.”
CNCS manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found here.