SUNY Potsdam named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

02.09.09

The Corporation for National and Community Service named SUNY Potsdam to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

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 innovativeness 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.

Through SUNY Potsdam’s Office of Experiential Education, students logged a total of 6,272 hours of community service in 2008 alone.

“We are exceptionally proud to be named to such a distinctive list and have our outstanding people and programs recognized at a national level,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “SUNY Potsdam has a solid track record of service-learning and civic engagement. As a first-rate liberal arts institution, we work to develop students who are global citizens who are not only concerned with social issues, but who also take action.”

Some examples of SUNY Potsdam’s community service are the Applied Theatre Service Learning course, SUNYAC Leaf Raking Project, Relay for Life Cancer Walk, English as a Second Language Mentor Program, UNICEF Fundraiser, BOCES and SUNY Potsdam Arts Program, Akwesasne Boys and Girls Club Art Teaching Internship and Extended Day Program at the St. Regis Mohawk Elementary School.

“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 SUNY Potsdam for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

“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.

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, visit www.nationalservice.gov.