For the fifth year since 2006, Buena Vista University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of the institution’s commitment to volunteering in communities near and far.
Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement at BVU, says “The honor roll is a great accomplishment for the University and is a wonderful reflection of the BVU community. It is nice to see the university recognized for the commitment to the Storm Lake community and beyond. A big thank you to the students, faculty and staff for volunteering and giving of themselves to make our community better.”
Last year, approximately 800 BVU students contributed more than 18,500 hours of service, ranging from the annual Buenafication Day activities to hosting the Cultural Leadership Conference, to student participation in after-school programs with local schools, to campus efforts to promote sustainability and reduce BVU’s global footprint which were initiated by students in BVU’s first-year seminar program. Beyond the local community, students also volunteer through Alternative Week of Offsite Learning (AWOL), the university’s alternative spring program that focuses on service with humanitarian organizations or projects around the United States.
Nationally, a total of 642 institutions were recognized on the honor roll, which reflected activities during the 2010-11 academic year. Honorees are selected on the basis of the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, and other factors.
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. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the honor roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. The CNCS is federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.