Indiana State Named to President's Honor Roll for Distinguished Community Service

October 20 2006

Indiana State University has been named to the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service in recognition of its volunteer efforts to Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Nationwide, universities reported that college students provided nearly 2.3 million service hours volunteering in Hurricane Katrina relief. Tens of thousands of college students, including 35 from Indiana State, volunteered during their winter and spring breaks by traveling to the Gulf to gut homes, clear debris, repair roofs, and paint buildings. The value of services provided by Honor Roll colleges and students was approximately $87 million.

Indiana State, like many other institutions, enrolled displaced students from the Gulf Coast and participated in fundraising efforts such as "Revival in New Orleans" at the African American Cultural Center and the "Mile of Quarters," a collaborative effort with Old National Bank, Wabash Valley Red Cross, and Downtown Terre Haute. Rhodes Hall, an ISU residence hall, raised more than $1,400 for an Air Force family affected by the disaster.

"Community engagement is one of our strategic initiatives, and it has been embraced with enthusiasm by our students, faculty and staff. It is heartening to see students give up their spring break to reach out to help those in need. We all can take pride in this recognition as we continue to pursue opportunities to make a difference," said President Lloyd W. Benjamin III.

Indiana State and 140 other institutions of higher education were recognized for distinguished service among the nearly 500 schools named to the President's Honor Roll at the Campus Compact 20th Anniversary Oct. 17 in Chicago. Schools receiving distinguished service recognition provided exceptional community service over the past year, contributing their time, resources, energy, skills - and intellect - to serve America.

According to ISU's Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006, more than 5,400 Indiana State students were engaged in community service programs and activities ranging from constructing a house for Habitat for Humanity and painting a mural at the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club to tutoring struggling young readers through the Indiana Reading Corps. Of those students, more than 1,900 contributed more than 20 hours during that term.

Those numbers come as no surprise to Nancy Brattain Rogers, director of the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement.

"Our students, staff and faculty members are committed to the community. While applying what they have learned in the classroom, they see the value to the organizations they are working with and to themselves. From learning new skills to seeing other ways to apply their degree, it enhances their learning experience. I was very pleased their efforts were recognized in both areas," she said.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is co-sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The recognition is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents, and supported by all the major national higher education associations.

Contact: Nancy Rogers, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, 812. 237.2335 or nancyrogers@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University has been named to the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service in recognition of its volunteer efforts to Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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