WC Receives Third President’s Honor Roll Award for Service

Criteria Includes Service Learning Component in Academic Areas

March 10, 2009

Wilmington College’s leadership in helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement was recognized as the College was named a member of the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The College, which has engaged in some 45,000 hours of service during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 academic years, also received the designation by Pres. George W. Bush for 2006 and 2007.

The federal recognition is based on criteria including the scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation and extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.

Tara Lydy, director of WC’s Center for Service and Civic Engagement, said a key factor is the significant increase in the number of faculty members that have incorporated service-learning components into their courses.

“Through our partnership with Ohio Campus Compact and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program, we have been able to dedicate staff time to serving and assisting our faculty with course conversion,” she said.

The academic areas of social sciences, athletic training, sport management, biology, values & ethics, education, history, music and global issues all have incorporated service into course requirements.

“Also, a number of our sports teams have embraced community service,” Lydy added, noting the football team has worked with March of Dimes and the men’s soccer team has played a key role in the Collegiate Relay for Life and worked with the Nike Center for the past several years.

The Honor Roll is sponsored jointly by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.