St. Norbert College receives national recognition for community service

From St. Norbert College, May 26, 2011
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored St. Norbert College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. St. Norbert was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community. St. Norbert was the only college/university in the state to receive the honor with distinction.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

"This recognition highlights St. Norbert Colleges commitment to the community and the common good, a central part of the colleges mission," said Daniel Robinson, director for community service and learning. "During the 2009-2010 school year, St. Norbert students put in almost 20,000 hours of service to the local community, across the nation and the world. Through their service work, students mentored and tutored youth, helped build homes, raised money for cancer research, cleaned parks, researched needs in the community, worked with homeless individuals, developed sustainable environmental practices, and participated in a host of other projects," Robinson added.

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

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 $215 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.

For a full list of Honor Roll schools and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

For more information on community service and learning at St. Norbert College, visit http://www.snc.edu/ccsl/ or contact Daniel Robinson at daniel.robinson@snc.edu. Robinson can also be reached at 920-403-3363.