FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
Green Mountain College Named to Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service
POULTNEY– The Corporation for National and Community Service recently honored Green Mountain College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.
“Green Mountain College has always believed service learning is an integral part of its curriculum,” said Green Mountain College President Paul J. Fonteyn. “We’re pleased to receive this national recognition for our efforts in connecting students and faculty to Poultney and surrounding communities here in Rutland County.”
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
Green Mountain College’s Office of Service Learning & Sustainability assists in helping students and faculty find new ways to engage with community partners. Every semester, dozens of Green Mountain students participate in service-learning, either in a large class project or individual tasks. Last year the College hosted the spring Eco Expo, an event held annually on campus for hundreds of fifth and sixth graders from Poultney and surrounding schools. Teachers enroll their students in a series of activities and children can watch or participate in presentations by Green Mountain students, professors, and other local environmental experts. GMC students in a calculus class also designed and implemented the 2nd Annual Slate Valley Math Contest for area high school students, and the Poultney Earth Fair was developed by a U.S. environmental history class. In all, 11 GMC classes did service learning activities last year.
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute Green Mountain College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
In total, 635 schools were recognized nationally. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education. Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.