Olivet College earns place on national honor roll for community service
Mar 20, 2013
The highest federal honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to service
Olivet College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
“Olivet College has a long history of service learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in their communities and the world,” said Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”
Olivet is committed to the idea that to be a good citizen, one must contribute and offer one’s talents to society. The college’s goal is to provide a course-based Service Learning Project that will address community needs while at the same time instill in students the ethic of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. The college-wide Service Learning focus combines first-hand community service experience with careful and extensive reflection on that experience.
Each student at Olivet completes a service learning course, with 40 or more hours of service outside of class, as a graduation requirement. In addition to many locally based projects, some classes travel to other countries, including economically depressed areas in the rural central high plains of Mexico and the southern coast of Jamaica. The college has also hosted an annual trip to aid with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans and Mississippi since 2005, as well as numerous other service trips throughout the academic year. Twenty-six service learning courses were offered during the 2011-12 academic year, resulting in more than 8,000 hours of community service.
“Congratulations to Olivet College, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and creating a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience to solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. This is the third time Olivet College has received the award.
More information about Olivet College’s community service efforts can be found at www.olivetcollege.edu. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov.