For Immediate Release
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May 16, 2011 - The Corporation for National and Community Service has named King's to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year based on exemplary service efforts during the 2009-10 academic year. King's is the only Wyoming Valley institution of higher learning to be named to the Honor Roll each year since its 2006 launch.
"Of all the things accomplished during the 12 years that I’ve served King’s as its president, I’m most proud about the degree to which the College Community has dedicated itself in service to people in need locally, nationally, and internationally,” said Father Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., president. “During the 2009-2010 academic year, King’s students combined for more than 182,847 service hours, the equivalent of almost 21 years.”
The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness 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.
More than 90 percent King’s students participated in service efforts last year and the average student dedicated more than 75 hours to their efforts.
Coordinated through the College's Office of Volunteer Services (OVS) and the Shoval Center for Community Engagement and Learning, service efforts benefited primarily at-risk or underserved segments of the Wyoming Valley. Efforts highlighted in King’s application for the Honor Roll include almost 300 students 296 students in the professional phase of the Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies contributing 118,797 hours of their time as emergency medical technicians, home health aides, physical therapy aides, and sponsors of needy families by raising funds for food, clothing and gifts during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Also highlighted were the efforts of almost 600 students who devoted time to Wilkes-Barre’s first community garden. Students volunteered their time planting and maintaining the garden and/or using the garden to teach students at the McGlynn Learning Center.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency established to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
In addition to the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, King’s was also recognized following the 2009-2010 academic year as among the top 15 colleges or universities in the country in “community service participation and hours served” and “service staff, course, and financial aid support.” The rankings were based, in part, on the number of students participating in service projects; the number of service hours performed; the number of full-time staff supporting community service; the number of academic courses that incorporate community services; and whether or not the university provides scholarships for community service.
King's College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.