Apr. 03, 2012

Geneseo recognized with highest national honor for dedication to service

RYSAG camp

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher speaks with participants in a past Rochester Young Scholars Academy, an annual camp held at Geneseo for Rochester City School District students that focuses on the links between history and science. The camp is a component of the Xerox Center of Multicultural Teacher Education at Geneseo. Geneseo earned a spot on the President's 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction. Several programs, including the camp, were specifically recognized in the honor roll. /FILE PHOTO BY KRIS DREESSEN

 

For the sixth straight year, Geneseo has earned a place on the President's 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and for the third straight year received a "with distinction" commendation.
Inclusion on the Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition the college can achieve for community service and service-learning. In 2010-11, more than 4,070 Geneseo students engaged in 85,323 hours of community service and academic service-learning. That is the equivalent of more than nine-and-a-half years.
Several ongoing initiatives were recognized, including students' collaboration with business leaders to revitalize the village of Mt. Morris, N.Y., Hurricane Katrina rebuilding, offering academic mentoring to city school students, and the efforts of the Xerox Center of Multicultural Teacher Education at Geneseo. One component of the center is the Rochester Young Scholars Academy (RYSAG), an annual two-week residential camp for students in the Rochester City School district that focuses on the links between history and science.

Geneseo students, staff, faculty and community members recently returned from a work trip to Biloxi, Miss., in March. See more about the experiences volunteers have in this video that also features President Christopher C. Dahl, who participated in a 2010 trip.