GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo has been named to President Obama's 2010 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the annual Honor Roll Award, recognized 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. The college is among 114 colleges across the nation named this year to the Honor Roll with Distinction - four are SUNY schools -- and it's the second year that Geneseo has received the distinction designation. The college has been on the honor roll every year since the program was launched in 2006.
"I commend our students for receiving the distinction honor this year," said Christopher C. Dahl, president of SUNY Geneseo. "Active community engagement is an important element of a strong liberal arts education and Geneseo students and faculty are engaged every day in the lives of others through service projects at the local, national and international levels."
The organization chooses 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.
In 2010, 4,155 Geneseo students engaged in general community service and academic service-learning for 78,933 total hours.
The organization recognized Geneseo specifically for five community service projects in 2009 -10:
"This honor recognizes that we have students and faculty very engaged in community service," said Tom Matthews, director of leadership education, development and training at Geneseo. "And the engagement is not isolated. It is widespread throughout the entire campus and that is very gratifying."
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Dept. of Education, the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
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