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Mount Union Named to Community Service Honor Roll

March 11, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong commitment to community service in both the local community and on a national level.

Throughout the past year, Mount Union has taken part in projects like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the Dowling Mentor Program and a Community Wide Thanksgiving Dinner.

“The University of Mount Union not only strives to prepare students for a successful career, but also to be more civic-minded and have a willingness to give back to their communities,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University. “Our students are excited and committed to participating in the numerous community service opportunities that the University offers throughout the year. It is an honor to be recognized for these accomplishments and the University will continue to seek out ways to engage our students in valuable community service projects.”

During the 2011-2012 Academic Year, more than 85% of students contributed to a total of 31,575 hours of community service while raising $112,850.50 for philanthropic gifts. Mount Union students have the opportunity to engage in more than 20 service-learning courses, alternative spring break trips and various annual community service events like Trick or Treat for Canned Goods and National Neighborhood Day. The projects tackled by Mount Union students include aiding local schools, nursing homes, Feed My Sheep Ministries, the Alliance Community Pantry, the YWCA of Alliance and Habitat for Humanity.

“Knowing that the Corporation for National and Community Service continues to recognize the efforts of Mount Union in terms of community service and civic engagement means so much to our institution,” said Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union. “It shows that we are constantly implementing our mission statement in the lives of our students as they strive toward fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.”

Launched in 2006, The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights colleges and universities who play an important role in inspiring students to engage in a lifelong commitment to serving their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (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.

The (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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