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.
With 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
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