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March 8, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU earns community service award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named to the 2013 President's Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Applications for the Honor Roll are evaluated in three categories: Institutional Supports for Service, the Institutional Commitment to Service Statement, and Exemplary Project Descriptions.

Laurel Dagnon, director of programming for SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, prepared the application focusing on three of SRU's signature programs, Up 'til 2 fundraising for St. Jude Children's Hospital, the CareBreak Program, and Veterans Programs, such as SRU's annual 9-11 commemoration.

"I know that our commitment to community service is strong and effective," said SRU President Cheryl Norton, "and to be named to the President's Community Service Honor Roll is clear testimony and recognition of our efforts. Almost weekly, we see SRU students engaged in some form of community service, not only on campus or in Slippery Rock, but in cities and communities around the country as well as internationally. I am proud of our students. They certainly deserved to be commended, and this award helps acknowledges their dedication."

This year, the Honor Roll shifted emphasis from outputs to long-term institutional commitments to service and the impact for the service on the community. The output information, such as levels of student participation in community service activities and service-learning courses (relative to enrollment); the institution's Federal Work-Study community service participation rate; whether the institution supports at least one full-time student service or service-learning coordinator; and whether the institution provides scholarships or other financial rewards for service, such as "matching" of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

The recognition, from the highest levels of the federal government, focuses on an institution's commitment to service and civic engagement on its campus and in the nation.

The award was announced Monday at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.