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University service honored

Binghamton University has been named to the first President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service in recognition of extraordinary volunteer efforts by the school and its students to serve area neighborhoods and Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

The University and 140 other institutions of higher education were recognized for distinguished service and named to the President’s Honor Roll at a recent Campus Compact event in Chicago. Schools receiving distinguished service recognition provided exceptional community service during the past year, contributing their time, resources, energy, skills — and intellect — to serve America.

During the 2004-05 fiscal year, Binghamton students contributed approximately 275,000 volunteer and internship hours to the Greater Binghamton community.

“I am very proud of the efforts of Binghamton University students,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “They are involved in a wide range of community service partnership projects that serve and enhance our region.”

Projects that were mentioned in the University’s application included the Binghamton Scholars’ wolf conservation program, the Hand to Heart holiday gift drive organized by Residential Life, the Center City Coordination Program and the Books for Africa drive organized by Professor Al Vos with help from Maria Carra. Binghamton efforts related to Hurricane Katrina and the local summer flooding were also emphasized.

“To be named to the President’s Honor Roll is significant recognition of the commitment and the work performed by our students,” DeFleur added.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is co-sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

“Binghamton University has set a strong example for college-level civic engagement,” said Stephen Goldsmith, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Many people and communities have been improved because Binghamton University and its students identified some of society’s most pressing needs and got involved.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08