Binghamton University is named to U.S. President's Honor Roll
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.
Binghamton 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 20th Anniversary event held in Chicago. Schools receiving distinguished service recognition provided exceptional community service over the past year, contributing their time, resources, energy, skills – and intellect – to serve America.
During the 2004 – 05 fiscal year, Binghamton University 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,” said Lois B. DeFleur, Binghamton University president. “They are involved in a wide-range of community service partnership projects that 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. To be named to the President’s Honor Roll is significant recognition of the commitment and the work performed by our students.”
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is co-sponsored by the Corporation, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
The recognition is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents, and supported by all the major national higher education associations.
“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, the federal agency that works to foster a culture of volunteering and service in America. “Many people and communities have been improved because Binghamton University and its students identified some of society’s most pressing needs and got involved.”
A recent study by the Corporation for National and Community Service shows that college student civic engagement has risen significantly in recent years. The study, which used data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that student volunteering increased approximately 20 percent from 2002 to 2005, and that 3.3 million college students serve their communities and nation. The study showed that college students between ages 16 to 24 are more likely to volunteer than cohorts in that age group who are not enrolled.
Observers have attributed the growth in student service to several causes: the proliferation of high-school and college service-learning classes; an increase in the number of campus offices that link students to volunteer opportunities, and the lingering impact of the September 11 and Hurricane Katrina catastrophes.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is working with other federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to encourage even greater levels of service and civic engagement by college students. Their goal is to increase the number of college student participating in volunteer service to 5 million college students annually by 2010.