Susquehanna Honored for Community Service Sixth Consecutive Year
Published on April 11, 2012
Susquehanna University is one of just 110 schools—only eight in Pennsylvania—recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its commitment to community service and service learning. The accomplishment marks the sixth consecutive year the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education have recognized Susquehanna’s service achievements.
CNCS 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.
“I am extremely proud that we are included on the honor roll with distinction again this year,” said Eric Lassahn, director of residence life and the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). “The student staff in the CCE has worked tirelessly to support our civic engagement efforts and deserve a great deal of credit for this award.”
Susquehanna’s service programs have received excellence and best practice awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the school’s service learning programs have taken students on hurricane recovery trips to New Orleans, missions to struggling areas of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and community development projects in Peru, to name only a few. In fact, the university’s ongoing focus on service is part of its three-pronged mission to “prepare students for lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world.”
This year, Susquehanna has organized students, faculty, staff and alumni around the world to amass a collective 10,000 hours of volunteer service during the month of April. As of March 30, more than 8,000 service hours had been pledged toward the initiative, called SU SERVE (Susquehanna Engaging in Regional Volunteer Experiences). The global effort will become an annual event.
“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, acting CEO of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to making service a priority in and out of the classroom.”
Karen M. Jones