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McPherson College Named to Community Service Honor Roll

posted Mar 30, 2012 in ACADEMICS

For the fourth year running, McPherson College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing the top colleges and universities in the nation for service.

“I am pleased that we have been named to the honor roll and hope that it will help people know that the service component of our mission is something we take seriously,” said Tom Hurst, director of service at McPherson College.

The Corporation for National and Community Service names the Honor Roll members annually, and McPherson College was named in March for 2011. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the college has already met and exceeded its goals for hours of community service worked by students, percentage of the student body involved in service and percentage of faculty and staff involved in service or sponsoring events.

The college and its students have been recognized as outstanding to service organizations in the community. Among them, Jackie Rice, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of McPherson said that students helped organize and hold a silent auction fundraiser for the organization and could not have done it without their help.

“The group of students I worked with were fantastic,” she said. “They followed through on every request and did it with a smile.”

Started in 2006, the Honor Roll recognizes outstanding, innovative and effective community service at colleges and universities across the nation. The Corporation for National and Community service oversees the Honor Roll, collaborating with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honor roll recipients are selected based on the size and innovation of service, the proportion of students who participate in service, incentives given for service and the offering of academic courses on service-learning. The corporation 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.

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