Charleston Southern named to 2013 President's Community Service Honor Roll
Charleston Southern University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll this week.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan of the higher education institutions named to the honor roll.
Charleston Southern has been named to the honor roll for three consecutive years. In the past year, Charleston Southern students engaged in 74,467 hours of community service.
“This recognition is emblematic of the commitment the CSU faculty, staff and students collectively share for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, vice president for student affairs and athletics. “And we serve from a place of transformation through Christ seeking to bless the lives of others extending Christ’s love and hope.”
The University is currently partnering with seven community organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley and Dorchester counties, Eagle Harbor Ranch, Summerville Miracle League, Crisis Ministries, Water Missions International, The A21 Campaign and R.B. Stall High School. In addition to working with these organizations, students have served 52 other organizations, and students and employees have participated in mission trips abroad.
“What is great about CSU being named to the President’s Honor Roll of Service is that it shows that our students get it,” said Clark Carter, dean of students. “They understand that they are called to make a difference in the world right now, not just after they graduate.”
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country – a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.