WAYNE - Wayne State was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, marking the third consecutive year the college has been recognized for Service-Learning. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Wayne State is one of only 690 institutions of higher education to receive this honor nationally and among seven to be named to the honor roll in Nebraska.
"Wayne State College has a long, distinguished history of service to our region and Service-Learning plays an important role in our efforts," said Wayne State President Curt Frye. "We are honored to receive this award and proud of the mark of national distinction that comes with the honor. Much of the credit belongs to the students and faculty who worked so hard outside of their normal class requirements to provide such an important service to Northeast Nebraska."
Lisa Nelson, Service-Learning coordinator at Wayne State, submitted WSC's honor roll application in November 2012. The process entails selecting three service projects as models for Wayne State. More than 1,200 students participated in Service-Learning for this term and provided a total of 16,001 hours of service.
The Service-Learning Advisory Committee selected the Black Light Black Box Theater project guided by Professors Pearl Hansen, Steve Elliot and Gwen Jensen, the Sense of Wonder project led by Professor Barbara Hayford, and the City of Wayne Historic Photo Restoration project guided by Assistant Professor Josh Piersanti and Instructor Matt Hepworth.
"This is the third year WSC has been recognized with this national award," Nelson said. "I attribute our success in part to our campus and community 'team effort' mind-set. I believe this begins with the long standing ethos of service on our campus, the support of our administrators, and comes full circle with sincere, thoughtful, and respectful relationships between our community partners, faculty advocates, and students. In short, there are so many people doing great work to provide enhanced learning opportunities for our students while meeting a need in area communities. A great big 'thank you' goes out to all of our volunteers and Service-Learning participants. It truly is an honor to work with each of you."
"Congratulations to Wayne State College, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). "Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges."
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation's leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.