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Roanoke College lands national community service recognition for third year

  • Roanoke College lands national community service recognition for third year

  • 03/26/13
  • The third time is a charm for Roanoke College's Center for Community Service.

    This year marks the third year that the College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities for dedication to community service.

    In 2006, the Corp. for National & Community Service (CNCS), which is a federal agency that oversees service organizations like Senior Corps and AmeriCorps, created this award after thousands of college students traveled from across the country to support the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    This month, 690 colleges and universities from across the nation were named to this honor roll. Roanoke was honored alongside 19 other schools in Virginia, including Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary.

    Institutions are chosen based on several factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service learning is part of a school's curriculum, its commitment to long-term partnerships with the community and measurable outcomes.

    When Jesse Griffin, Roanoke's director of Community Service, applied for placement on the honor roll, he said he highlighted three of the College's prominent community service programs, including R House, an annual project to build a house through Habitat for Humanity on campus during freshmen orientation.

    By the fall, there will be some new additions to Roanoke's community service outreach efforts. There will be more leadership opportunities for students.

    Also, the College will convert its Augusta House on Market Street in Salem into the House for Social Justice, where four students will live and dedicate their time to educating Roanoke's campus about global injustices. The four, preselected students will move into the Augusta House in August.

    "We have and will continue to make every effort to serve both the local and global communities," Griffin said. "That is why continuing to win this national award feels so nice, because we are recognized for all of our efforts to grow our community service program and better fit the mission of the College."

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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