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WC Earns 7th Presidential Designation for Service

20th Annual Quake Day of Community Service Planned for Saturday

April 23, 2013

The Obama Administration again recognized Wilmington College’s leadership in helping to build a national culture of service and civic engagement.

The College was named a member of the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This marks its seventh consecutive such White House designation that dates back to the inaugural year of the recognition program launched by the Bush Administration in 2006.

Tara Lydy, director of WC’s Center for Service and Civic Engagement, said she is thrilled the College has been so consistently honored for its service to the community.

“Service and civic engagement are integral components of a Wilmington College education,” she said. “These actions foster the development of personal values, social responsibility and a sense of caring for others.”

The College received the honor in recognition of its dedication to service as evidenced by the nearly 20,000 hours of voluntary service completed during the 2011-12 academic year.

Through the end of March, WC students already volunteered some 19,640 hours during the current school year — and that’s not including what is typically the institution’s greatest day of service.

Indeed, this weekend’s (April 27) 20th annual Quake day of community service will send scores of students into the community to work at nearly two-dozen locations, including the Clinton County Homeless Shelter, Murphy Theatre, Denver and Southeast Neighborhood parks, and the Prairie View/Quaker Apartments.

Also, Lydy noted another key factor in earning the award is the significant number of faculty members that have incorporated service-learning components into their courses.

For example, psychology professor Caroline Stanley required the 60 students in her Developmental Psychology classes to complete several hours of service with at least two different age groups, ranging from preschool to the elderly.

Lydy noted that students were engaged in service projects for such annual events as National Hunger Awareness Month, National Random Acts of Kindness Week and Collegiate Relay for Life, but most of the hours were logged as a result of regular visits throughout the year to help out at local food pantries and working with youth in the community.

Also, members of the College’s fraternities and sororities contributed 12,356 hours of voluntary service through March and raised nearly $22,000 in cash and in-kind gifts for charities and not-for-profit organizations.