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Frostburg State University Receives President’s Honor Roll Award for Service
02/12/2008

University Honored for Distinguished Community Service

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Corporation for National and Community Service named Frostburg State University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

"I have been gratified to see the commitment to service of so many of Frostburg State University's students,” said FSU President Jonathan C. Gibralter. “They show a dedication to the community and a passion for making things better that I find heartening and which makes me proud to be associated with them."

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

FSU, by establishing, maintaining and encouraging a strong network of curricular and co-curricular activities is committed to the concept that education takes place in many different aspects of university life. In 2006-2007, more than 3,233 students have volunteered or participated in service-learning opportunities, contributing over 50,748 hours to the Western Maryland community and beyond. FSU continues to encourage students and its community partners to develop a sense of social and civic responsibility by providing opportunities to engage in meaningful volunteer and service-learning opportunities. In 2000, Frostburg State University was awarded the first-ever Higher Education Award for Leadership in National Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“College students are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment, and creativity in by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” said - David Eisner, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, 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.

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.”

Overall, the Community Service Honor Roll awarded six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, four schools were recognized as Special Achievement Award winners, 127 as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 528 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

“There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the Honor Roll award are themselves being rewarded,” said American Council on Education President David Ward. “Earning this distinction is not easy. But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor.”

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, 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.

The Corporation for National and Community Service 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, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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