Vanderbilt student service efforts recognized

(Vanderbilt University)

Vanderbilt University has been named a member with distinction to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Honor Roll “recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.” It is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

Vanderbilt’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service has applied for the Honor Roll for the past three years on behalf of Vanderbilt student service efforts. Named to the Honor Roll the previous two years, Vanderbilt is earning the “with distinction” designation for the first time in 2012 and joins only 114 other colleges and universities across the country to be so recognized.

Some 9,682 Vanderbilt students volunteered during 2010-11 and contributed a grand total of 293,439 hours of service. Additionally, the award allows applicants to highlight six exemplary projects. This year, Vanderbilt’s application highlighted the work of the Shade Tree Clinic, the Nashville Mobile Market, the 9/11 Weekend of Service, the Edgehill Initiative, the Vanderbuddies and Education Council PlayDay and the Nashville Promise Neighborhood Network.

The Honor Roll was formally announced March 12 at the American Council on Education’s annual conference held in Los Angeles.

Contact: Anne Alesch