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Mount Union Named to Community Service Honor Roll

March 23, 2012

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary commitment to community service and work with numerous local and national service projects.

Mount Union’s service involvement throughout the past year includes being a part of Synergy Alliance, which is a collaboration among the University, YWCA, YMCA and Alliance City Schools that provides after school programs; the Regula Scholars Program through the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and last year’s Raider Relief project, March Makeover.

“The University of Mount Union is focused not only on preparing students to be successful in a chosen career, but to be civic-minded and willing to give back to their communities,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University. “The University offers numerous opportunities for students to participate in service projects throughout the community, and our students are eager and committed to giving back. We are honored to receive this distinction and will continue to look for ways to engage our students in valuable community service projects in the future.”

During the 2010-2011 Academic Year, nearly 80% of all students at Mount Union volunteered at least once, contributing 30,983 hours of community service while raising and distributing nearly $150,000 in philanthropic gifts. Students at Mount Union have the opportunity to participate in 12 service-learning courses, four different alternative spring break trips, fundraising events including Relay for Life and Up ‘til Dawn and projects with nearly 60 community partners. The projects done by Mount Union students are extensive and aid nursing homes, local schools, community meal programs, the Alliance Community Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA of Alliance and the Salvation Army.

“Being named to the honor roll is a testament to the hard work our students and the entire Mount Union community put forth toward service-related endeavors,” said Abby Honaker, AmeriCorps VISTA at Mount Union. “Raider Relief, Synergy Alliance and the Regula Scholars, along with many others, truly deserve this recognition as so much time and effort is required to make these programs successful.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education honored the nation’s leading colleges and universities, students and faculty members and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning.

“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 CEO 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. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll.

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 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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