Vermont Colleges Receive President’s Honor Roll Award for Service

first_imgAccording to a recent study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering among college students has increased by 20 percent in recent years. A renewed spirit of civic engagement is evident as more students demonstrate their compassion, commitment, and creativity by serving others all across the country, including the Green Mountain State. On February 11, 2008, the Corporation recognized four Vermont schools for exemplary community service. Norwich University, Castleton State and St. Michael’s Colleges and the University of Vermont were named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 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 are 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.Nicole DiDomenico, Director of the Office of Volunteer Programs at Norwich University is responsible for many of the programs the university was recognized for. “Colleges and universities are rated and ranked in a variety of ways, some of which are not necessarily in the best interests of the students, or the communities these institutions call home,” DiDomenico said. “I think it’s time more schools were evaluated on the basis of the total educational experience they offer, including what they’re doing for their communities, their country and our world as a whole.”Last year, a group of Norwich students came together to form the largest AmeriCorps volunteer student group in the state. Through the organization’s education award program, this group made community service an important part of their college experience by taking on a variety of community service projects, such as staffing the Northfield Boys and Girls Club. “I’ve been very lucky with the group from Norwich,” said Tony Moulton, Director of the Northfield Boys & Girls Club, “they’ve been incredible.”The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.”Earning this distinction is not easy,” said American Council on Education President David Ward. “But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor.”last_img

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