Gettysburg College receives presidential award for service

One of only five schools nationwide to receive highest honor
Service Honor Roll

Gettysburg College was named a Presidential Awardee in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll earlier this week. Gettysburg was one of only five schools to receive this distinction, which is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

With a community-based engagement program dating back to 1991, Gettysburg College and its Center for Public Service (CPS) prepare students to be active leaders and participants in a changing world. Students don’t have to go far to see firsthand this changing world—or be a positive force in it.

President's Honor RollWith solid campus-community partnerships, students and faculty at the College are able to work together with community members to meet needs and develop relationships.

At Gettysburg College, 72 percent of students engage in community service—and the students themselves are a big part of the reason why. During the school year, 22 students each work nine hours a week to connect their peers with projects developed through engagement with community organizations and faculty who are using service learning in the classroom.

“Students are the energy, and they’re the ones who make it all happen,” said Kim Davidson, interim director of CPS.

“Congratulations to Gettysburg College, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service. “Through its work, Gettysburg is helping to improve the local community and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

The other 2013 Presidential Award winners are: Georgia Perimeter College, the University of Connecticut, La Sierra University, and Nazareth College. 

In addition to these schools, a total of 690 higher education institutions were named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Read about some examples of the great work that earned Gettysburg College this honor here.

The Center for Public Service engages students, community members, faculty and staff to facilitate partnerships, education, critical thinking, and informed action. Through these alliances, they aim to foster social justice by promoting personal, institutional and community change. 

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. 

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Tue, 5 Mar 2013


Congratulations to the students and staff, past and present, who have brought this distinction to the college! It's hard to find another service program like this, which brings together faculty/staff, students, and the community to address some of the most significant issues of our time.

Keith Swaney - 2004 | Posted Mar 06, 2013 09:23 AM

A fitting tribute to Karl Mattson, its founder and guiding light; his wonderful legacy continues. Congratulations!!

Judy Jones | Posted Mar 06, 2013 10:49 AM

This is a well-deserved honor, reflecting years of hard work and tangible results. So warmest congratulations are in order, particularly to Karl Mattson, who created CPS and continues to guide its mission.

Dan Mangan | Posted Mar 07, 2013 12:30 PM

Outstanding! This is a major accomplishment. Congrats, CPA staff and students!

Stephanie Adamec - 2005 | Posted Mar 07, 2013 01:01 PM

Gettysburg College deserves this honor without a doubt. I can attest that Gettysburg's public service opportunities not only helped those in need, but provided models of how students can make an impact in the world. Thank you for showing the us how much of a difference we can make if we work together and think outside of the box. The CPS has made me who I am today.

Satin Matthews - 07 | Posted Mar 11, 2013 04:56 PM

This is a wonderful, well-deserved honor. Congratulations to the entire Gettysburg family, past and present. I'm looking forward to the impact we will continue to have on our communities local, regional and global alike. I am thrilled that Gettysburg has given, and continues to provide, these amazing opportunities and experiences to faculty and students, allowing them to learn more about become involved in and ultimately improve the world around them. Thank you!

Ami Lovelace - 2004 | Posted Mar 11, 2013 07:10 PM

I started working at the CPS my freshman year and remember the one-year anniversary celebration with cookies, coffee, and about 20 people in our little office. I stayed on through my senior year and the CPS was one of the most influential aspects of my college experience. Karl Mattson's vison became reality through the hard work and dedication of so many students, faculty and staff, making the Gettysburg community and the world a better place to live. A well-deserved honor. Congrats, CPS!

Terri Schlegel - 1996 | Posted Apr 01, 2013 09:36 PM



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