GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo has been named to the President's 2009 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.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll Award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. Geneseo has been on the honor roll every year since the recognition was launched in 2006.
"Geneseo students and faculty are making a difference every day in the lives of others through thoughtful and dynamic service activities at a local, national and international level," said Christopher C. Dahl, president of SUNY Geneseo. "This kind of active community engagement is an important component of a liberal arts education and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts."
The organization chooses honorees based on 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 service-learning courses.
In 2009, 3,744 Geneseo students engaged in general community service and academic service-learning for 60,591 total hours.
The organization recognized Geneseo specifically for five community service projects in 2009:
• The college's ongoing commitment to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through the Livingston CARES Program. During the 2008-09 academic year, 85 students participated during winter, spring and summer breaks.
• The New York State Section V High School Athletes/SUNY Geneseo Leadership Summit. SUNY Geneseo's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation partnered with the New York State Section V Public High School Athletic Association to create leadership opportunities for student-athletes to peer educate on a variety of current issues in athletics.
• Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life. The SUNY Geneseo Colleges Against Cancer student chapter, affiliated with the American Cancer Society, raised more than $72,000 during its Relay for Life event to support cancer awareness, treatment, prevention and research.
• Xerox Center Urban Experience: Saturday School Program. The Xerox Center for Multicultural Education is a partnership between the SUNY Geneseo School of Education and Xereox Corp. The Saturday School Program in downtown Rochester provides academic follow-up for the Rochester City Schools cohort of 60 students who enroll in a two-week residential summer camp called Rochester Young Scholars Academy at Geneseo.
• Center for Community HEROS Program. The SUNY Geneseo Center for Community, in collaboration with AmeriCorps VISTA and guidance counselors at three area rural schools, established the Higher Educational Resource Opportunities in School (HEROS) Mentoring Program. Geneseo students in the program mentor high school students from low-income families.
"It's gratifying both personally and professionally working with Geneseo students truly dedicated to community service, and this recognition validates their active involvement," said Tom Matthews, director of leadership education, development and training at Geneseo. "I have worked beside students engaged in service projects and their commitment is genuine and sincere."
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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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