Mar. 06, 2013

Geneseo efforts highlighted on President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


Geneseo students paint a home in Missisippi during the latest volunteer trip in January to assist residents with rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Such efforts to give back to the community helped earned the college a place on President Obama's 2013 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. /PHOTO BY BEN GAJEWSKI '07






For the eighth straight year, Geneseo has been named to President Obama's 2013 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a national recognition of a college or university for their achievements in general community service or in a special focus area aligned with the president's education and innovation priorities.

Geneseo has been on the honor roll every year since its inception in 2006.

"Geneseo's consistent placement on the honor roll illustrates the serious commitment our students, faculty and staff have to community service and service-learning," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "Such work is integral to a meaningful liberal arts education and our campus is engaged every day in the lives of others through service at the local, national and international levels. I commend everyone at Geneseo responsible for this achievement."

The organization chose honorees based on scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. Last year, 4,172 Geneseo students participated in general community service and academic service-learning for 247,301 total hours.

The organization recognized Geneseo specifically for five community service or service-learning projects in 2010-11:

  • Ongoing commitment to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through the Livingston County CARES program:
    Students, faculty, staff, emeriti and community members have made 26 trips to the Biloxi, Miss., area since 2006 to assist in the reconstruction of homes. Visit 2007 graduate and volunteer Ben Gajewski's photo album to see what Geneseo's latest work crew experienced.
  • Urban and rural public relations projects:
    Seventy-six students in the Department of Communication's public relations program collaborated with key stakeholders and government officials in two declining urban and rural neighborhoods in western New York to help spur economic growth.
  • Service-learning in Nicaragua:
    More than 90 students have conducted service projects in the town of El Sauce, working in partnership with residents on projects focused on sustainable business development, teaching English, personal finance and computer skills, as well as health education and building homes. The program is led by Kellan Morgan '06.
  • Rochester Young Scholars Academy at Geneseo:
    Held in cooperation with the Rochester City School District and Geneseo, RYSAG offers Summer Camp and Saturday School opportunities to improve urban teacher training and make positive impacts on Rochester children.
  • Tutoring and mentoring for the Rochester Young Scholars Academy:
    For five years, Geneseo has offered weekly Saturday school tutoring and enrichment programming at the downtown Rochester Public Library, including mentoring and working on service-learning projects.
  • L.I.V.E.S (Learning Independence, Vocation and Education Skills):
    A four-year post-secondary experience for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Students aren't admitted to Geneseo but to the Geneseo L.I.V.E.S. Program, where they come to campus to learn skills to be productive members of their communities.