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03/03/2010
Hudson Valley Community College Receives National Recognition for Community Service, Named to President's Honor Roll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Paula Monaco
March 3, 2010 (518) 629-8071. P.monaco@hvcc.edu

Hudson Valley Community College was 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.

The college was honored for its Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, which pairs active service learning opportunities with student learning. Over the past five years, the Center has been a growing part of the humanities and social science curriculum at the college, engaging students in a variety of outside organizations, businesses and public service projects that relate directly to their curriculum.

Students involved in the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement work with individual faculty members to arrange community service that relates to their course of study. They then keep a journal that relates specifically to their community service and coursework and present a paper or presentation at the end of the semester, which factors into their final grade. According to faculty member David Van Aken, who serves as assistant director of the center, about 20 faculty members are active in setting up service learning opportunities with 23 community partners. These range from Troy's ARK Community Charter School and the Interfaith Homeless Shelter to Van Schiack Mansion in Cohoes and the New York State Museum.

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 this year.

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. Click here for a full list of Honor Roll recipients.

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.

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.

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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.