Kennesaw State University named to national community service honor roll

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President's Higher Education Community Service award recognizes Volunteer KSU for second…

Georgia (May 23, 2011)President's Higher Education Community Service award recognizes Volunteer KSU for second consecutive year

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 17, 2011) ― For the second consecutive year, Kennesaw State University has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has recognized KSU as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 

Kennesaw State is one of 641 colleges and universities named to the 2010 honor roll. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

 “We are honored to receive this recognition. Community service and civic engagement are at the core of a Kennesaw State education,” said Jerome Ratchford, Kennesaw State vice president for student success. “Through our curriculum-based projects, student organizations and the efforts of Volunteer KSU, our students are learning how to be successful leaders committed to building and strengthening the communities they serve.”

During the 2009-2010 academic year, over 900 KSU students volunteered more than 15,200 hours at 230 different on and off-campus agencies and programs.

Volunteer KSU (VKSU), a campus-based volunteer service center matching KSU volunteers' interests with community needs, coordinates with more than 300 organizations in the community. Partnering with various university colleges and departments, VKSU encourages students to learn and serve through individual volunteer placements and group service projects.

 “Congratulations to Kennesaw State University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS.   “We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service 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. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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KennesawState University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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