For the second consecutive year, Neumann University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its work in four urban areas: Philadelphia and Chester, PA, Wilmington, DE, and Camden, NJ. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Nine students spent their spring break in Camden with Campus Minister Michael Martin.
They worked in a thrift shop, tutored at Sacred Heart School, and spent two days
working in a community greenhouse.
Nationwide, 690 colleges received this recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education. Fifty-five are in Pennsylvania.
“Neumann students are engaged in service programs to help rebuild communities, serve the poor, and learn from their experiences,” explained Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, Neumann’s president. “The University’s mission is to educate a diverse community of learners based upon the belief that knowledge is a gift to be shared in the service of others.”
Neumann students volunteered their time at places such as House of Joseph, Wilmington, DE; Heart of Camden, Camden, NJ; Drexel Neumann Academy, and Anna’s Place, Chester, PA; St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, PA: and the Assisi House, Aston, PA. There were 2,382 students engaged in general community service, totaling 46,686 hours.
“Congratulations to Neumann University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of 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.”
Beyond the four local urban areas, students participated in spring break immersion experiences at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in New Orleans and the Heart of Camden, and a summer immersion trip to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming.
On and around campus, students serve as Presidential Ambassadors and Neumann Navigators, and volunteer their time to help at Elwyn, Inc. and Red Hill Farm, as well as participate in Adopt-A-Highway and Sandwiches for Survival initiatives. The commitment to service was solidified in 2012 thanks to the revision of the Neumann core curriculum. Service-learning will now be integrated into two required courses, ensuring that all students will participate in service during their years at the University.
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.
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