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Wofford named to President's Honor Roll

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2009-02-23

Award recognizes community service; college also included in new guide

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Wofford College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. Wofford is one of 83 colleges and universities to be named on the Honor Roll with Distinction list, of the 635 institutions recognized.

In addition, Wofford has been included in the latest edition of Guide to Service-Learning Colleges & Universities (Student Horizons Inc., Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 2009).

“It is always an honor to be included on the President’s Honor Roll, but to be included ‘with distinction’ confirms that Wofford’s commitment to sustained civic engagement and social justice is strong and thriving,” says Lyn Pace, associate chaplain and director of service learning.

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.

“This award is possible because of the efforts of the entire Wofford campus,” Pace adds. “We were awarded this distinction because of strong service learning programs in foreign languages, psychology, English, biology, computer science and through various Interim projects.

“The longevity and strength of our Bonner Scholars program and other co-curricular groups were highlighted in the application as well,” he notes.

New programs, such as the Math Academy “reveal new and creative energies in service learning and also met the requirements of the Honor Roll’s special service requirement this year – a focus on service with youth who are at risk or who might be at risk of dropping out of school,” Pace says. “Our La U y Tu program, which focuses on working with children from the ARCH Ministries program in Arcadia, S.C., also was highlighted as a mentoring opportunity through our Twin Towers service learning program.”

“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 Wofford 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.”

Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

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.

Wofford’s inclusion in the Guide to Service-Learning Colleges & Universities also highlights the college’s programs to encourage student engagement. The guide is a resource for college-bound students interested in making a difference in their communities and gaining valuable hands-on experience while earning college credit. The institutions chosen for the guide “excel at providing students genuine service-learning experiences and programs,” according to the book’s publisher.