U.S. Department of Education Recognizes E&H for Service

Posted on: Monday, March 11th, 2013
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by Brent Treash

Emory & Henry College has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction 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. Emory & Henry’s selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of its commitment to service and civic engagement.
This recognition marks the fourth consecutive year that Emory & Henry College has been by The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education.

In 2010, Emory & Henry was first honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service when it was one of only six institutions nationwide to receive the President’s Award, the highest national recognition for service learning. In 2011, Emory & Henry was recognized as one of 11 finalists for the President’s Award.

Emory & Henry is the only college or university in Virginia to ever win the President’s Award and one of only a few institutions to win the award or be named a finalist in two consecutive years.

In addition to the President’s Award, the Corporation and the Department of Education recognize numerous institutions by naming them to its Honor Roll for community service. Among the some 300 institutions listed on the honor roll, 100 are recognized “With Distinction.”

“Emory & Henry seeks to transform the lives of students in part through the contributions they make to transforming communities,” said E&H President Rosalind Reichard. “We are proud to receive this continued recognition for service learning, which affirms the success of our commitment to a transformative education.”

Emory & Henry College’s continued inclusion in the Honor Roll bears witness to the strength and legacy of this institution’s historic commitment to educating and equipping an effective citizenry for the American republic, according to Dr. Tal Stanley, director of the E&H Appalachian Center for Community Service. “Emory & Henry is distinctive in part because of this historic mission, but also because the college asks its students, faculty, and staff to demonstrate every day the relevancy and importance of that mission to the people and places of Southwest Virginia and beyond,” Stanley said.

In addition to the President’s Award, Emory & Henry has received other national recognition for its service learning. Newsweek Magazine ranks the College among the top 5 most service- minded colleges. USA Today has ranked the institution among the top 20 in a similar category.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools to colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2010, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 312 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.6 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $200 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.