William Jewell College has been named to the 2010 President’s 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. William Jewell was named to the Honor Roll with distinction, recognizing its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results. Jewell was the only Missouri college named to the “with distinction” list.
Faculty, staff and students at William Jewell contributed more than 40,992 hours of community service during the 2009-10 academic year. Among William Jewell service projects were the Serve & Celebrate project connecting Jewell volunteers to a variety of community service agencies, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) projects on financial literacy and environmental sustainability, and the Matthew 25 home repair project in Kansas City’s urban core. The recognition honors 455 Jewell students who were engaged in academic service learning programs and 150 students who were engaged in non-academic forms of community service.
“As the class of 2011 crosses the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their community and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Congratulations to William Jewell and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll and 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the 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.
The Corporation for National Community Service oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
For a full list of Honor Roll recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.