Four Georgetown College freshmen, above, from left: twins Courtney and Meredith Mueller of Covington; April Jouett of Waukegan, IL; and (head poking above the rail) Victoria Engelhardt of Paducah posed with children of Georgetown Baptist Pre-School at the Oct. 1 check presentation ceremony to the directors of the Scott County preschools for money raised at the fall GC Carnival for Kids. The College’s semester-long Freshman Seminar – with about 130 participants – held the carnival fundraiser that collected $2,000.
The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Georgetown College today with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.
Todd Gambill, Georgetown’s Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, said the honor is especially fitting for this college in today’s world. “Our mission references a desire to ‘prepare students for their place in society’,” Dr. Gambill said. “And hopefully community service opportunities are a way of preparing civic minded community members.”
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
The extensive community service done during Georgetown’s Freshman Orientation in August contributed heavily to this award for 2008. First-year students worked with over 25 locations to help those in need, including reading to disadvantaged children at Scroggins Park, participating in a Mock Rescue project with EMS and serving clients at Scott County’s Amen House.
“It was evident that many of our first-year students enjoyed their service projects during Orientation and even some mentioned their eagerness to give back to those in need in the future,” said Angela B. Taylor, Assistant Director of Student Activities & Greek Affairs.
“The Georgetown College community can be proud of our students for the work they have done to achieve this community service honor and recognition.”
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute Georgetown College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.
“I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day – as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others,” said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.
Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students. The Corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to ww.nationalservice.gov.