LWC Receives National Award for Commitment to Community Service
Posted on Friday, March 12, 2010 [5:17 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College has
received a national award for its students' community service.
The college has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community
Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college
or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering,
service-learning and civic engagement.
Lindsey Wilson is among more than 700 U.S. colleges and
universities who received the honor from the Corporation for
National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor
Roll award. The schools were recognized for their impact on issues
from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.
"One of the most important things we stress to our students is
the importance of serving others," said Amy Thompson-Wells, LWC director of civic
engagement and student leadership and co-director of the Bonner Leaders Program. "Earning a college
education and getting a job are wonderful goals, but they must be
balanced with a spirit to serve our fellow citizens and make this
world a better place."
Last school year, Lindsey Wilson students combined to give more
than 13,000 hours of community service on the local, regional and
national levels, Thompson-Wells said. The college also has a cadre
of more than 50 undergraduate students "who are committed to doing
some kind of service project every week," Thompson Wells said.
The service projects include volunteering at after-school
programs, working on environmental issues and other social
And Lindsey Wilson students' commitment to serve others has been
"Lindsey Wilson's selection to the Honor Roll is recognition
from the highest levels of the federal government of its commitment
to service and civic engagement on its campus and in our nation,"
said Elson B. Nash, acting director of Learn and Serve America with
the Corporation for National and Community Service.
On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined
their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet
local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business
students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and
businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens
of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.
"Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and
vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we
face," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National
and Community Service. "They have achieved impactful results and
demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help
renew America through service."
The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are
recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named
to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll
Honorees were chosen based on a series of selection 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
Nationally, college students make a significant contribution to
the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more
than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in
America study, published by Corporation for National and Community
The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the
Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the
American Council on Education.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a
federal agency that engages more 5 million Americans in service
through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America
programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service
initiative, United We Serve. For more information, go to: www.nationalservice.gov.