For the second consecutive year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been named by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to its list of colleges and universities demonstrating a commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement-this is the first time the University has been named to the distinction category.
The Corporation oversees the annual President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. departments of Education, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
SIUE students have many opportunities to work on service projects and in the area of volunteerism throughout the year through the University's Kimmel Leadership Development Center.
Engagement activities such as service projects and volunteerism help students achieve personal, professional and leadership development objectives. These experiences, which take place on and off campus, are an important part of an SIUE student's education and foster academic and professional development.
The Kimmel Center, under the purview of the SIUE Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, offers co-curricular experiences that promote personal growth, develop self-confidence and leadership abilities, and prepare students for life-long learning.
"This national recognition is an honor, reflecting our commitment to creating a vibrant campus life, which includes civic engagement, service learning, community involvement and global citizenship," said SIUE Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel. "While it is a further testament to our pledge to achieve excellence, more importantly, it recognizes the invaluable contributions of our students to serve their communities.
"It is a powerful promise to prospective students that SIUE fosters a climate where students become engaged and capable student leaders.
The Kimmel Center staff assists students with planning and coordinating programs that promote the educational, cultural and social enrichment of the University community. These events and programs include Welcome Week, Homecoming, Family Weekend, Black Heritage Month, International Night, Springfest and Activities Fairs, among many others.
Members of SIUE Volunteer Services took part in numerous projects last fiscal year, with the majority of activities taking place Saturdays. Through Volunteer Services, students provide many area agencies with volunteer help. One agency, the Call for Help, Inc. Sexual Assault unit, uses students as medical rape advocates who provide assistance to victims every day of the week, every day of the year, at area hospitals.
Some of the students through Volunteer Services routinely spend time working through the Catholic Urban Programs Holy Angels Shelter and the Continuum of Life Care Center's Paulyn House offering food, clothing and amenities to the area's homeless.
The CNCS honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Chief Executive Officer of CNCS Patrick A. Corvington. "Congratulations to these schools and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service."
A total of 641 higher education institutions out of 851 that applied received recognition through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. SIUE
CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit the Web site: www.nationalservice.gov .