SJU Receives President's Award for Service

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Corporation for National and Community Service has placed Saint Joseph's University on the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

"I am consistently amazed at how passionately Saint Joseph's University students live out their call to be 'persons for others' by building relationships and serving with our brothers and sisters in our Philadelphia and Camden communities – and beyond," said Beth Ford, campus minister. "Many students say they chose to attend SJU particularly for the University's commitment to service and social justice."

This is the second year that the honor roll has been announced, and SJU has been recognized both years. Student participation in service activities, the availability of service-learning courses and the scope and innovativeness of service projects were all considered when selecting schools for the honor roll.

Saint Joseph's was recognized for the number of service activities at the University designed to improve the quality of life for residents of the local community and elsewhere. Grounded in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis - care for the entire person - the culture at Saint Joseph's reflects a rigorous academic experience with a focus on the common good.

Service trips to New Orleans, the Appalachian Experience and Hand-in-Hand are just a few of the opportunities that Saint Joseph's students have to serve others. These programs factored into the decision to include Saint Joseph's University.

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 Population. More information and a full list of schools that were honored are available at

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

--David King '08

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