National Community Service Recognition for Ithaca College
ITHACA, NY — The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Ithaca College to a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Launched in 2006, this designation is the highest recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The CNCS annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.
Ithaca College’s Office of Civic Engagement and Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs work together closely to coordinate service learning and volunteer community service by students and campus organizations.
During the 2011–12 academic year, more than 4,800 IC students engaged in some form of community service, with nearly half of those contributing at least 20 hours of service in each semester. The college’s formal programs include Service Saturdays; Project Generations; Student-to-Student Mentoring; Community Plunge; Alternative Spring Break; the MLK Scholar, Park Scholar and Leadership Scholar programs; the IC-Longview Partnership; and Big Brothers-Big Sisters. Students, faculty and staff informally contribute to numerous other local, national and global service efforts.
“Congratulations to Ithaca College, its faculty and students for their commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the CNCS, which manages the recognition program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information on IC’s civic engagement and community service efforts can be found at www.ithaca.edu/civic-engagement and www.ithaca.edu/sacl/osema/service. More information on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll can be found at www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.