Apr 20, 2013
April 15, 2013
College students completed 71,000 hours of community service, a record high!
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster College has been recently named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh straight year by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Westminster students earned the federal government's highest level of recognition for their commitment to service and civic engagement.
Westminster students performed 71,000 hours of community service during the 2011-2012 academic year, a record high for the college
! Westminster's Center for Civic Engagement saw a significant jump in the number of students completing academic service-learning, from 750 the previous year to 893. Some of the projects include homeless outreach, youth education programs, refugee services, computer and social media literacy for the elderly, fundraising for a rape recovery center and various environmental clean-up efforts.
"Social responsibility is a core value at Westminster," said Julie Tille, director of Westminster's Center for Civic Engagement. "Serving others provides a rich learning opportunity outside the classroom for the college's faculty and students. They are dedicated to this work and deserve enormous credit for getting this recognition yet again."
All of the college's clubs and organizations are required to complete at least one service project every year, and one whole day during First-Year Student Orientation is committed to community service. Additionally, hundreds of Westminster students provide service each semester, and many of those projects are coordinated and supported by the college's Center for Civic Engagement.
For more information on the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/