FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2011
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW receives national recognition for community service
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women has been recognized on the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service.
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 service.
“It is certainly an honor for MUW to have been named to this Honor Roll recognizing our commitment to community service and service learning experiences. I believe people who want to be great leaders must embrace an attitude of service to others. MUW provides numerous opportunities for students to develop service leadership skills and for faculty and staff to demonstrate leadership through service in their professional endeavors as well as on campus and in our community and region. To be recognized in this way is rewarding,” said Allegra Brigham, MUW’s interim president.
MUW completed 137,000 hours of community service in 2009-2010 with almost 8,000 hours coming from faculty.
Those programs included a year-long project that packaged more than 43,000 meals to be delivered on two continents through Stop Hunger Now, weekend service trips to build and renovate substandard housing throughout three states and service learning projects that helped students learn more about their field of study while helping those in the Golden Triangle.
Jessica Harpole, MUW coordinator of leadership and service, said, “Community service allows students to be part of the solution to problems that plague our global and local society. They are able to use their creativity, work as a team and develop a sense of purpose through serving others.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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.
CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America programs and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.