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King University News :: King University Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

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 Networking Alliance.

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.

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