ACU nationally honored for service in the community and abroadPosted March 03, 2010 Abilene Christian 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.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, has recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.
"The thing that is important to realize is this honor recognizes the service of the university as a whole," says Nancy Coburn, director of ACU's Service-Learning and Volunteer Resources. "ACU is purposefully engaging its students in community service to make a difference, not just locally but also worldwide."
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the 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.
ACU, which has received this honor for the third year in a row, gives students many opportunities for service.
* Spring break campaigns take students to locations all over the world to work with different agencies, schools and churches to address a variety of needs, such as building houses with Habitat for Humanity and mentoring children with the Young Life program.
* During Welcome Week orientation, freshmen take to the streets of Abilene collecting food items for the Food Bank of West Central Texas. More than 10,000 pounds of food was collected last year.
* Once a month during the academic school year, students can participate in Service Saturday, a day of service devoted to the needs of the Abilene community through work with different agencies and local individuals.
According to Service-Learning and Volunteer Resources, ACU students logged an estimated 40,000 hours of volunteer service in the last year.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and
Serve America programs. For more information about the corporation or the honorees, visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website.