Hamline News

March 27, 2012

National Honor for Service

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Hamline’s commitment to tackling problems and making real change in the community has again gained national attention. The university was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its dedication to civic engagement, service-learning and community service. 
 
“Hamline's mission includes preparing students for successful lives of service. We are pleased by our inclusion on the Honor Roll,” Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs David Stern said. “But it is more than just an honor, it is a national recognition of the centrality of service in the education of our students.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education evaluate hundreds of colleges and universities that apply for inclusion on the Honor Roll. They choose schools that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes by helping solve community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

“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,” Robert Velasco, acting CEO of CNCS, said. “Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”

The recognition was established in 2006 and Hamline has earned a place on the Honor Roll six times and received the award with distinction in 2007 and 2008. Some of the efforts that helped Hamline students, faculty, and staff earn this acknowledgment are the Wesley Center's Hancock-Hamline Collaboration and theMcVay Youth Partnership that both pair youth in urban schools with college mentors to help generate an environment of social support and educational success. Other programs of note are the CityServe program,Catalyst spring break community service trips, the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching’s Project SOAR and Math Masters programs, and pro-bono work by Hamline University Law school students. You can find out more about each of the efforts listed above by clicking on the program name or going to the Wesley Center's web page