SJU Named to 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Thursday, May 19, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (May 19, 2011) - For the fifth year in a row, Saint Joseph’s University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Given by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the honor roll recognizes colleges and universities as leaders among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. It is the highest honor a school can earn for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Saint Joseph’s long devotion to performing meaningful service locally, nationally and internationally has not only earned this distinction, but helps each graduate fully understand and perform its mission of educating men and women for others. Service projects through Campus Ministry, Residence Life, Athletics and service-learning courses provide outlets for volunteering, from the annual Hand-in-Hand festival for people with special needs to National Community Day, a widespread initiative to bring Hawks across the nation together in a common day of service.

"I am always humbled by our students’ commitment to listen to the stories of people who are homeless, to teach English to recent immigrants, to mentor youth, to assist at medical clinics for people with no health insurance, and to serve wherever they are needed,” said Beth Ford, campus minister, Service and Social Justice Programs, and adjunct professor of theology. “Our students travel across the country and around the world in order to learn from those who are most marginalized and vulnerable.  In their service and work for social justice, our students embody the Jesuit ideal to be men and women with and for others."

"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 Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Saint Joseph’s University and its 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.”

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. With many incoming students citing service as a draw for SJU and so many programs available to the campus community, it is no surprise that the University has been named to the annual list each year since 2006, when the CNCS first awarded the honor. This year CNCS admitted 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

In addition to the CNCS, 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/.

Background: Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University advances the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a demanding, yet supportive, educational experience. One of only 141 schools with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and AACSB business school accreditation, Saint Joseph's is home to 4,600 traditional day students, 750 College of Professional and Liberal Studies adult undergraduates and 3,500 graduate and doctoral students. Steeped in the 450-year Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, Saint Joseph's was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for General Community Service. The University strives to be recognized as the preeminent Catholic comprehensive university in the Northeast.

Media Contact

Harriet K. Goodheart, assistant vice president for University Communications, 610-660-1532; hgoodhea@sju.edu




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