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WVU Parkersburg named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll|
CONTACT: Anthony Underwood, vice president of student services, 304-424-8209
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. For the third consecutive year, the college was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
WVU Parkersburg was named to the Honor Roll for its more than 20,000 hours of documented community service. Members of the college contributed to food bank drives and public health awareness, fundraised for area charities and natural disasters, volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America and presented its annual Criminal Justice Youth Academy.
“We are honored with inclusion for our third year on the Community Service Honor Roll,” said WVU Parkersburg Vice President of Student Services Anthony Underwood. “All credit goes to our students, faculty and staff who dedicate themselves to the idea that serving others is a key part of being members of the greater community.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. The CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.
The CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
Along with WVU Parkersburg, other state institutions named to the 2010 Honor Roll are Bethany College, Fairmont State University, West Virginia Northern Community College and West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million 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 NationalService.gov.
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