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King University News :: King College Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

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 Alliance.

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 communities.

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 www.NationalService.gov.