Thursday, April 19, 2007
ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University has been named to the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
“This distinction recognizes SC State’s students, faculty and staff for helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement in our nation,” said SC State President Andrew Hugine Jr.
“SC State ranks number nine in the nation as a National University by Washington Monthly Magazine. One of the three criteria for this ranking is how well an institution promotes an ethic of service to the country. So, we are pleased that our institution is a leader in the area of community service,” he added.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll responds to President George W. Bush’s call to service by building on and supporting the civic engagement mission of the nation’s colleges and universities. This new recognition program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making within their local communities and across the country through volunteer service. The program identifies and promotes community service model programs and practices in higher education.
“Institutions of higher education have a long tradition of service to their communities. When colleges organize effective community service programs, they do so not only to meet the needs of the communities that surround them, but to improve the academic and civic lives of their students, faculty and staff,” said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
More than 500 colleges and universities applied for the Honor Roll in its inaugural year. SC State was one of 141 colleges and universities recognized for distinguished community service.
SC State’s community service activities during the 2005-2006 academic year included the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home through a partnership with Edisto Habitat for Humanity.
More than 100 supporters, most of whom were students, came out, put on hard hats, grabbed shovels and began working on what would become known as The Bulldog House.
SC State was the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in South Carolina to raise 100 percent of the funding needed to build a Habitat home. More than 50 percent of the funding was raised by students.
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. As part of that mission, the Corporation makes a significant investment in nurturing a culture of service on college campuses. Building on that support, the Corporation is working with other federal agencies, colleges and universities, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to encourage even greater levels of college student volunteering and to ensure that college graduates embark on a lifetime of service. Its goal is to increase the number of college students volunteering each year, reaching 5 million by 2010. Visit the Corporation for National and Community Service online at www.nationalservice.gov.