Notre Dame de Namur University Receives National Recognition for Community Service
Selected to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction
Washington, D.C., May 12, 2011–The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Notre Dame de Namur University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. NDNU was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.
"As the class of 2011 crosses the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their community and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Notre Dame de Namur University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
NDNU was recognized for three of its many community service programs:
- Serving the homeless in cooperation with Shelter Network, where NDNU students provide more than 10,000 hours per year providing such services as tutoring, program planning, community garden management and art therapy.
- An annual collaboration between NDNU and several social service agencies in the Tenderloin involving 150 students and 19 faculty who work with youth and organize or help organize several notable events including “Halloween in the Tenderloin” and several sports clinics.
- A science education project with Nesbit School in Belmont that brings NDNU students into the classroom to help teach science to K-3 students. It also brings the children to the NDNU campus once a year so they can see and do science in the “big” labs.
“NDNU is totally committed to the principles of social justice and community engagement. It is part of our institutional DNA and a critical component in an NDNU education,” said NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig, Ph.D. “ We are proud of these three programs but they are only a few of the many programs that involve both day and evening students in undergraduate and graduate programs in direct community service either as part of their coursework or on a volunteer basis. “
A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.
On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.
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. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. 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.
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. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
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.