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Snow Receives National Service Award


Snow Receives National Service Award

By Sarah Snow

Snow College has received the highest federal recognition that a college can receive for its volunteer work, service-learning, and civic engagement: the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The award comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service. They recognize colleges and universities for their impact on issues ranging form environmental justice to poverty. Campuses across the country have thousands of students and faculty joining together to develop innovative project to help meet local needs.

Snow is no different. Using skills learned in the classroom, Snow students work together to improve Snow College and the surrounding community, said spokesman Greg Dart

"Our students faculty and staff are constantly making the community a better place," said Dart.

Each year thousands of hours are put into volunteering in project to benefit Sanpete County. The projects integrate civic engagement with class curriculum which allows students to learn required course information in a way that contributes to the communities beyond Snow’s campus.

“Congratulations to Snow College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “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 service.”

The Honor Roll recognized only six colleges and universities as Presidential Awardees, and Snow was one of those few. Selection is based on factors such as the scope and innovation of the service projects, how many students participate, incentives for service, and what service-learning courses the school offers. In Snow’s application, the role of service in the college’s mission statement was emphasized. They also highlighted the Earth Day Fair the Dead Cats Society hosted last year, a surveying project accomplished for Ephraim City, and a series of service projects that have been completed by pairs of students in the interpersonal communications classes.

"We are extremely pleased that Snow College has received this national honor," said Dr. David Allred, the Service Learning Coordinator, “The recognition is evidence of the many mutually beneficial partnerships that have been forged between students, community partners, faculty, and staff."

According to the Volunteering in America study released by the corporation, more than 300 million hours of service were performed by college students in 2009. The Ccorporation invests more than $150 million in grants awarded by its programs to foster service on campuses across the nation. 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.