Bridgewater College Receives National Recognition for Community Service
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has recognized Bridgewater College as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Bridgewater College was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues such as literacy, neighborhood revitalization the support of at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists and five received the Presidential Award.
Campuses named to this year's Honor Roll reported that nearly 1 million of their students engaged in service learning and more than 1.6 million participated in other forms of community service, contributing more than 105 million hours.
“This honor is a testament to Bridgewater College, its dedication to service and its commitment to improving the community," said George Cornelius, president of Bridgewater College. "I salute our students, faculty and staff for embracing their civic mission and for tackling some of the tough social challenges we face through service."
Recent service-learning projects that have involved Bridgewater College students, faculty and staff include "Into the Streets," a day in which freshmen fan out into the community to volunteer for dozens of service projects; the design and construction of exercise stations at Our Community Place in Harrisonburg; and Amigos Unidos, a mentorship program that pairs Bridgewater students with Hispanic children in a local middle school to bridge cultural gaps.
The CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
The 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, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,700 undergraduate students.