ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Oneonta once again has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Administered by the by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Honor Roll annually acknowledges colleges and universities for exceptional community service. Since the Honor Roll’s inception in 2006, SUNY Oneonta has been selected for it every year.
The Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of a campus-wide commitment to service and civic engagement, according to CNCS Chief Executive Officer Patrick A. Corvington.
Corvingston praised Honor Roll schools for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. “We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service,” Corvington said.
Linda Drake, director of SUNY Oneonta's Center for Social Responsibility and Community (CSRC), said that the college's students consistently contribute to the community through organizations like Saturdays Bread and events like the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life. According to CSRC data, SUNY Oneonta students recorded roughly 53,000 hours of community service worth about $1.13 million during the 2009-2010 academic year.
CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. In overseeing the Honor Roll, CNCS assesses the scope andinnovation of applicant institutions’ service projects, the integration of service-learning into their curricula, and the quality, longevity, and productivity of their collaborative town/gown efforts. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.