During this past week’s Spring break most college students return home while others take a vacation to some beautiful spot. More than 20 of our students instead chose the week to participate in trips to perform community service. You can read a blog about their experience here. This is not surprising. Each year, Nazareth students are engaged in over 500,000 hours of community service. We are especially proud of the College’s ongoing commitment to serving communities not only locally but throughout the country. Indeed, our service has an international reach through our service program partnership with the University of Leeds in England. The College’s Center for Civic Engagement provides assistance to our community partners and, at the same time, offers wonderful learning opportunities to our students.
We were pleased to learn that the Corporation for National and Community Service selected Nazareth as a Finalist for its Presidential Awards in the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Over 750 colleges - who are known for their community service - applied. This Honor Roll is the highest Federal recognition a college can receive for engaging in service with its community. Only 14 of these 750 schools were selected as Finalists for the President’s Award. And, Nazareth was one of those 14 institutions!
While Seattle University, Miami University, Carlson Newman College, NC State University and University of Pennsylvania were selected as the award winners in the President's Award category, we were honored to be among the small group of Finalists. I am proud of the great work being done every day by our community partners, students, faculty and staff. Nazareth College has always been, and will continue to be, deeply committed to service and engagement with our community.