Binghamton University receives national recognition for community service Named to honor roll with distinction
BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fourth consecutive year that Binghamton has made the Honor Roll and the first time the University has been recognized with Distinction. Binghamton is also the only SUNY campus to have been named to the honors roll with distinction listing.
“I am very proud of the efforts of Binghamton University students,” said Lois B. DeFleur, Binghamton University president. “They are involved in a broad range of community service partnership projects that greatly serve and enhance our region. These partnerships include providing tutoring and mentoring programs in area schools, collecting food and clothing for area assistance agencies, and volunteering at local hospitals and family support facilities.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. At Binghamton University students contribute annually more than 275,000 volunteer and internship hours, which equates to more than a $7.8 million impact on the Greater Binghamton economy.
“Congratulations to Binghamton University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”
Binghamton University receives national recognition for community service
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.
Corporation oversees the Honor Roll, which was launched in 2006, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.