SJU Earns Fourth Year on President’s Service Honor Roll
Friday, March 5, 2010
Saint Joseph’s University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth year in a row. Since 2006, the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized colleges and universities that display an involvement in and dedication to community service. Saint Joseph’s has appeared on the list every year since its inception, showing its steady commitment to service programs.
Multiple outlets for service – including Campus Ministry, service learning, student life and athletics – help the University achieve its mission of educating men and women for others.
Thomas Sheibley, director of Campus Ministry, notes how important these programs are to SJU’s identity. “Engagement with the local and global community is a valuable part of the educational experience at Saint Joseph's University,” says Sheibley, “Building relationships with others who may not have had the material advantages that we often take for granted can help to shape our students in ways that the classroom alone cannot.”
“Each week, through the integral components of meaningful service coupled with personal and academic critical reflection, over 500 service-learning students shape their understanding of being in solidarity with those most in need,” says Ann Marie Jursca Keffer, assistant director of the Faith-Justice Institute. “The integration of academics, service and reflection forms them in the Jesuit tradition of being persons of conscience, competence and compassion. A recognition such as the Honor Roll continues to underscore the importance of the University's commitment to working for a just and equitable world.”
The honor roll is determined by assessing each school’s level of participation in service programs, also considering program innovation and the number of service-learning courses offered. Waning numbers of participants is not a concern at SJU.
“The good news is that each year we see more and more students choosing to take part in our service programs through Campus Ministry,” said Sheibley. “This year we have had well over 300 students choose to give of their time each week through our Weekly Service program.“
The honor roll is also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Populations. More information and a full listing of schools on the honor roll are available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/.