Cameron University honored for community service

Cameron University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The honor roll, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education, celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.

“Cameron University is honored to be included in this recognition of our commitment to community service,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “Community engagement plays an important role in a student’s collegiate experience. Through these volunteer opportunities, Cameron students gain valuable, practical real-world experience and the community is the beneficiary. In this way, we are developing volunteer leaders for the future.”

Cameron was recognized for its commitment to engaging students as well as faculty and staff in the community. Examples of community service efforts include volunteer coordination of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service and participation in the United Way’s Youth Day of Caring and the National Make a Difference Day, as well as the Camp of Champs, a summer camp for special needs children held by the Cameron University School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Other community service efforts include the Athletic Department’s annual goal of achieving 2,500 hours of service, the community service requirement fulfilled by Cameron’s Presidential Leaders & University Scholars, and the university’s community service webpage, where students, faculty, staff and community members can find a list of organizations for which they can volunteer. In addition, many of the more than 80 student organizations on campus incorporate service as part of their mission and purpose.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

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April 18, 2012

PR#12-071