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Le Moyne College Receives National Recognition for Community Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. (For Immediate Release) … For the fifth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education has honored Le Moyne College as a leader among institutions of higher education for its commitment to community service and service learning. Le Moyne was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

“This national recognition is extremely gratifying for us,” said Gloria Heffernan, director of service learning at Le Moyne. “Service to others is a hallmark of Jesuit education and this award recognizes the hard work and commitment of our faculty, students and community partners in putting this value into concrete action, allowing us to together make a significant difference in the greater Syracuse area.”

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.

“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, acting chief executive officer of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools to colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. For a full list of recipients, visit NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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.

posted on: 3/20/2012