Arlington, VA - Marymount University has been named to the 2009
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest
federal recognition a college or university can receive for its
commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
This is the second year in a row that the University has been so
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers
the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and
universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness
to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands
of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs
and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their
classrooms. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors
including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage
of student participation in service activities, incentives for service,
and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning
courses. A full list of recognized colleges and universities is
available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
Marymount University President James E. Bundschuh stated, "Service
is a hallmark of a Marymount education, so we certainly encourage
volunteerism. And every year I am impressed by the extent to which
our students' willingly share their time and talents, and develop
new ways to assist those in need."
During the 2008-09 academic year, more than 900 Marymount University
students gave over 16,000 hours of service in the local community
and farther afield. Projects included:
- Outreach to children:
- On-campus events like HalloweenFest, an annual party for children
from local schools and shelters, and the Special Olympics Regional
Basketball Tournament that is hosted by the University each spring.
- Science fair judging at local schools
- Tutoring children at the Greenbrier Learning Center
- Bringing disadvantaged middle-school children to campus through
the Kids-to-College program to show them that college is possible
and to introduce them to program options, career paths, and campus
- Providing sports clinics for approximately 250 children, helping
them improve skills and serving as role models for team spirit,
fair play, and good sportsmanship
- The Global Charity Project (GCP), a student-led organization
that raises funds for projects that help people build sustainable
futures. Last fall, the group raised over $4,000 for construction
of a well in the village of Masongbo-loko in Sierra Leone. In
the spring, they again raised over $,4000, this time for the expansion
and improvement of a home for street children in El Progreso,
Honduras. GCP members also volunteered at the DC Central food
Kitchen and partnered with the Arlington Community Foundation
to help local high school student develop a youth philanthropy
program in Arlington.
- Community health outreach through the Physical Therapy
Free Clinic run by Marymount PT faculty and students at the Arlington
Free Clinic; the Nurse-Managed Health Center at Arlington's St.
Charles Borromeo Community Center; and volunteer work at a clinic
in Belize through a summer Community Health course.
- Ongoing volunteer activities in the community, including
mentoring young people, food drives, park and stream clean ups,
spending time with senior citizens, and helping with charity fund-raising
Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community
Service, offered his congratulations to Marymount and thanked the
University's students "for their dedication to service and
commitment to improving their local communities." He added,
"Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation
and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges
we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the
value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer
sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million
hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study
released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests
more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college
campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards
that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term
of service to pay for college; and through support of training,
research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.
The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the
Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal
agency that engages more five million Americans in service through
its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs,
and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative,
United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.