Philadelphia University for the first time has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
“Philadelphia University has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever-changing world,” said Mary Ann Ernesto, associate director of student development. “PhilaU is honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of its faculty, staff and—most importantly– its students. They are the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”
“Congratulations to Philadelphia University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), which administers the program. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
In its application for the Honor Roll, PhilaU highlighted such community service projects as the Day of Service, for which 1,250 students, faculty and staff volunteered more than 5,000 hours in 2011; Serve 101, a civic engagement course requiring community service that is offered every semester; and Relay for Life, which raised about $100,000 in four years for cancer patient care and research.
“This is the first time PhilaU has been recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and it is quite an accomplishment,” Ernesto said. “We look forward to continuing these programs, initiating new ones and working with anyone on campus who would like to be more involved in or learn about community service and service-learning efforts at PhilaU.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
President’s Honor Roll honorees were announced March 4 at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education in Washington D.C.