SU Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service
Susquehanna University is one of just over 100 schools nationwide recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling partnerships that produce measurable results for the community.
Having been named to the honor roll for five consecutive years, Susquehanna University has long fostered a campus culture that inspires civic leadership and social responsibility. About 90 percent of students participate in community service at some point in their student career, according to M. Andy Nagy, former coordinator of residence life for civic engagement.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) identifies honorees for the award based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of students participating in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
First-year students at Susquehanna get a chance to work with faculty, staff and peer mentors on service projects that address homelessness, both near the university and in Washington, D.C. In addition, several options within Susquehanna’s unique GO (Global Opportunities) program are centered on service learning. For example, the college’s award-winning SU CASA program takes participants to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for two weeks annually to earn academic credit while serving at congregations, clinics, refugee and immigrant communities, hospitals and an orphanage. Twice a year, Susquehanna sends teams of students, faculty and staff to New Orleans to assist in hurricane recovery efforts. Other service-learning GO programs engage students in poverty relief in the Philippines, community development in Peru and peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.
Contributing writers to The ‘Grove section are Charlotte Lotz ‘12, Megan McDermott ‘14 and Karen M. Jones, assistant director of media relations.