Cameron University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. The honor roll, which honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service, is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency dedicated to community service. The designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
“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 and service-learning play vital roles as we prepare our graduates to be active community leaders. We are fortunate that Cameron students are passionate about volunteering their time and skills to improve the community.”
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. The university also launched Aggie Outreach, a new student organization that acts as a catalyst for change by coordinating student-driven volunteer opportunities and developing educational programming which seeks raise awareness about issues affecting the community.
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.
March 12, 2013