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King College has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll. The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and
Community Service (CNCS) honored the nation's leading colleges and universities, along
with their students, faculty members, and staff, for their commitment to bettering
their communities through community service and service learning.
It is truly an honor to receive this distinction for King's dedication to community
service, said Dr. Rob Littleton, vice president for student affairs for King College.
King College has a long history of serving the community and providing stewardship
opportunities to students. Service is an important part of the College's mission and
is interwoven into the ethos of the King community.
King College was admitted to the President's Honor Roll for its dedication and passion
to service projects such as Coats for Kids and Help Portrait, as well as the Appalachian
Service Project. Other areas of community service involvement include work with organizations
such as Special Olympics, River's Way, Habitat for Humanity, Haven of Rest Rescue
Mission, Boys Girls Club, Girls, Inc., Anderson Elementary Weed Seed, YMCA, YWCA,
Salvation Army, and Healing Hands among others. King is also actively represented
on several community coalitions such as Bristol's Promise and the Youth Networking
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education
institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful
outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled
across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane
Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that
exists within the higher education community.
Preparing students to participate in our democracy and providing them with opportunities
to take on local and global issues in their course work are as central to the mission
of education as boosting college completion and closing the achievement gap, said
Eduardo Ochoa, the U.S. Department of Education's assistant secretary for postsecondary
education. The Honor Roll schools should be proud of their work to elevate the role
of service-learning on their campuses. Galvanizing their students to become involved
in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has
a lasting impact – both in the communities in which they work and on their own sense
of purpose as citizens of the world. I hope we'll see more and more colleges and universities
following their lead.
CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service
through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads
President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by
challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,
said Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of CNCS. We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their
faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of
the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering
social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their
King's commitment to service extends far beyond the local community. The principles
of stewardship are also imparted through service and mission trips nationally, as
well as around the globe. Student involvement in service to others remains key in
the King experience. Over the last several years, King students journeyed to Florida
to help with home repair through Habitat for Humanity; to Brooklyn and New Jersey
for inner-city missions; to El Salvador for work in an orphanage; to the Caribbean
basin for sports ministries and Christian cultural outreach; and to work with the
Maasai in Kenya/Tanzania.
Participating in community service helps our students give back to our region as well
as develop their own sense of self and how they can make a positive impact in their
communities, said Julie Roberson, assistant dean for student engagement for King College.
We hope service will become a way of life for students that will continue long after
they leave King.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the Honor Roll
in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development,
Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on
a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects,
the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment
to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a
result of the service.
CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 colleges
and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization
to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110
received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists,
and five received the Presidential Award. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
For more information, on the President's national call to service initiative, visit