Monday, February 16, 2009

Georgia State named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

Georgia State University students, faculty and staff spent 59,040 hours serving the community through various projects during the 2007-2008 school year.

For their exemplary service, Georgia State was honored on Feb. 10 with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

“It’s a big honor to be recognized for our services,” said Lovell Lemons, director of Georgia State’s Office of Civic Engagement. “Hopefully, this recognition will inspire others to want to be involved and make a difference.”

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.

In total, 635 schools across the nation were recognized. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of factors including the 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.

Roughly 20 percent of Georgia State students, faculty and staff participated in many community service projects last year, including the Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge and Hands on Atlanta Day. Georgia State also shined in its service to youth in disadvantaged circumstances through programs like JumpStart, After-School All-Stars Atlanta, Upward Bound and the DREAMS Institute.

“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.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education. A full list of schools honored is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

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