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King University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll. This designation, announced by the Corporation for National and Community
Service (CNCS) is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment
to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. King was one of only 690
institutions of higher education across the U.S. to receive this accolade.
“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 at King University.
“King University has a long history of serving the community and providing stewardship
opportunities to students. Service is an important part of the University’s mission
and is interwoven into the ethos of the King community.”
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.
“Congratulations to King University, 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 create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional
college experience and solve local challenges.”
King University was recognized on 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
Storm Chaser Mentor 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
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.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that
these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary
of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s
education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors,
these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately
preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering
and service, according to the most recent “Volunteering and Civic Life in America”
report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours
of service across the country — a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.
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, N.Y., and Camden,
N.J., 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 University. “We hope service will become a way of life for students that will
continue long after they leave King.”
CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service
through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation
Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Through the agency’s Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, CNCS gives
education institutions access to tens of thousands of AmeriCorps alumni with millions
of dollars in Segal Education Awards for tuitions and fees.
CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 690 colleges
and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization
to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 571 were named to the Honor Roll, 100
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. For additional information on King University, visit www.king.edu.
King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered
in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus
learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University
is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams.
For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.