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Loras College named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service


Loras College Again Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

DUBUQUE, Iowa --- The Corporation for National and Community Service for the second year in a row honored Loras College with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.

"Loras College is honored to be named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for a second year in a row. Loras' selection to the Honor Roll is recognition, from the highest level of government, for the College's commitment to service and civic engagement," said President James E. Collins.

Launched in 2006, 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 were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation 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.

During the 2007-08 academic year, 1,195 Loras students performed approximately 30,000 hours of service. Examples of students' efforts include:

  • Dance Marathon, where together students served nearly 7,000 hours to plan events and raise more than $50,000 for children and families being served by the University of Iowa Children's Hospital;
  • students involved in domestic and international service trips organized by Campus Ministry who served more than 5,000 hours in places such as Haiti, Honduras, Kentucky, New Jersey and Louisiana;
  • Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps members and Community Work Study volunteers who served more than 15,000 hours at non-profit community organizations throughout Dubuque last year.

One specific program highlighted in Loras' application for the Community Service Honor Roll was the Future Talk: A Multicultural Family Center Educational Work Program facilitated by Loras professor Dana Livingston, Ph.D., a Loras College student intern and an AmeriCorps member from the Partners in Learning AmeriCorps program in Dubuque. Future Talk brought youth from diverse backgrounds together to work toward a common goal of a more sustainable community.

The Future Talk program is one example of the collaborative spirit that exists in Dubuque to serve youth. Other strong supporters of the program included Loras College ICAP AmeriCorps program and Community Work Study program, Iowa State University Extension, Dubuque County Conservation Board, the Mines of Spain Recreational Area, the City of Dubuque including City Administrator and employees, Executive Director of the Four Mounds Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute Loras College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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