WAYNESBURG – The Corporation for National and Community Service recently notified Waynesburg University of its selection to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the university’s sixth consecutive year receiving the honor.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.
“Receiving this award for the sixth year in a row speaks to the commitment our students, faculty and staff have to service and the responsibility of engaging in our community,” said Dave Calvario, dean of students and director of the Center for Service Leadership. “In addition, service imbedded through the academic arm of our university assists students in uncovering their calling and passion, not just during their undergraduate experience, but after graduation as well.”
The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which academic service-learning courses are offered.
Waynesburg University students contribute more than 50,000 service hours annually. Through its more than 50 local and regional agencies and a continuously expanding network of international agencies, Waynesburg University encourages students to become servant-leaders through a number of partnerships.
The university offers approximately 16 service mission trips per academic year. The trips are held during the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. The university also participates in a number of weekendlong service projects in the local community and beyond.
In addition to volunteer hours, the university offers a service leadership minor constructed around service-learning courses. During the semesterlong courses, students perform a set amount of hours of community service with a nonprofit organization.
The university is one of only 23 Bonner Scholar Schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Waynesburg is committed to the program which was created to offer scholarship assistance to students performing significant amounts of community service throughout their time at Waynesburg. About 60 (15 per class) students are involved with the program each year.
“Congratulations to Waynesburg University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”