Alvernia University honored for community service initiatives


Alvernia University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education. The national award recognizes a commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning. Alvernia has made the group's honor roll every year since the award's inception in 2006.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community. 

Established in 2006, Alvernia’s Holleran Center for Community Engagement identifies, cultivates and sustains strategic partnerships to strengthen both campus and community life. By making these community partnerships an essential part of the curriculum, the Holleran Center strives to improve the quality of life in the community and to develop students into engaged citizens with a lifelong commitment to service.

"More than 1,285 students performed almost 22,000 hours of service in the community last year," said Jay Worrall, director of the Holleran Center. The honor roll award acknowledges service that Alvernia students perform through Service-Learning courses, special initiatives like Alvernia READS and the South Reading Youth Initiative, as well as new projects and general community service taken on by Alvernia students, faculty and staff. "The honor speaks so clearly to this University's commitment to service and community engagement."

For 2013, new service awards have been set in place to honor students who go above and beyond in the community. Students will be recognized at a special ceremony (April 21) for completing 100 hour, 300 hour, and 500 hour community service milestones. "We have students who are really making the most of their time at Alvernia, and we want to recognize them for their achievements," said Worrall. 

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. It oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. 

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