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Olivet College named to 2008 Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Feb 19, 2009

Olivet College has been named to the 2008 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Olivet was recognized from the highest levels of the federal government for its commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and nationwide.

Service has always been important to Olivet College, said Olivet College president Don Tuski, Ph.D. In the past few years we have increased the emphasis both in the curriculum and co-curriculum and we are excited to be recognized for our efforts.

Honorees were chosen for the award based on selection factors including the scope, innovativeness and effectiveness of service projects; the percentage of students engaged in service activities; and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.

Olivet College is dedicated to providing course-based service learning that addresses community needs while instilling in students the ethic of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. At least once during their undergraduate experience, students at Olivet are required to complete a three semester hour service learning course offered by an academic department. Each service learning course requires students to spend a minimum of 40 hours serving the needs of the community. Such service is accompanied by reflection on that experience.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service learning programs. The Honor Roll is a program of the CNCS and is sponsored by the Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

CNSC is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The corporation 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 www.nationalservice.gov.


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