WFU named to President's Honor Roll for service
February 12, 2008
The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Wake Forest University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.
"This is a high honor indeed,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch, “and one that reflects very accurately the depth of commitment our students demonstrate in a wide range of service projects and civic outreach. Wake Forest students are highly motivated not only to do well in life, but to do good at the same time.”
Wake Forest students have opportunities to participate in service activities near and far: some students tutor nearby middle school students while others travel to the Gulf Coast to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, or to India to help the poorest of the poor. They volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and help feed the hungry through the Campus Kitchens chapter. Service learning is integrated into many courses held on campus and abroad.
“It is exciting that we made the Honor Roll for the second year in a row,” said Brighid Jensen, assistant director of student development and coordinator of volunteer services. “Wake Forest has a broad, overarching commitment to service with students, faculty and staff engaged in activities that reflect the university’s motto, ‘Pro Humanitate’ (For Humanity).”
The Community Service Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service through its Learn and Serve America program and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Honor Roll institutions were chosen based on the scope and innovativeness of service projects, the percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency that administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov.